McNish Classic Yacht Race 2011
The Bristol boat was Fame, a 101-year-old gaff rigged schooner skippered by Dennis Conner, who was third to finish and first in the schooner class. Founded by Dick McNish, this regatta along the Pacific Coast is widely-known for its speciality wooden boats made before 1952. McNish's vision was to bring together lovers of the sea, sailing, and wooden boats. In his words: "No one really 'owns' a wooden boat: You're a custodian and then you pass it on to someone else."
The race features handicaps, allowing slower boats to begin racing so that almost all reach the finish line in close time. The prize is the Strathmore Cup and the skipper's weight in champagne.
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34st Annual McNish Classic Yacht Race Pacific Coast sailors Dick McNish Jim Crandall yachts racing each year regatta Paul Plotts 71-footer Dauntless Byron Chamberlain 51-foot Rose of Sharon Newport Beach 82-foot Kelpie Santa Barbara Scott Harrison Cheerio Channel Islands Harbor 17-mile triangular 82 feet 17 feet Strathmore Cup Elusive II 40-foot Kettenburg Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club (PCYC) yachts racing each year regatta Dennis Cooper Bristol Brushfire Sparkman & Stephens Cheerio II 1931 46-foot Dennis Conner Fame sailing
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