2000 Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Turkey Day Regatta, San Diego, CA
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
The Turkey Day Regatta, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, has been a major one-design event in Southern California. The 2000 regatta boasted more than 300 sailors in 165 boats representing 14 one-design classes on three separate venues.
A total of 92 ABYC volunteers, under the direction of co-chairmen Vice Commodore Chuck Hardin and Director Don Reiman, oversaw all facets of the regatta. ABYC PROs Bob Anderson, Latham Bell, and Chris Ericksen led the three race committees. US SAILING Senior Judge Margaret Caddle chaired the protest committee.
Attention to detail is the sign of a well-run regatta, and Turkey Day 2000 was no exception. Colunteers greeted visiting sailors and directed traffic to minimize waiting from rigging to launching.
Smaller dinghies raced at one venue while larger keelboats raced on the other with a small PHRF class. A third venue was established for three other classes. The race committee took fickle winds and constant shifts in stride at all three sites.