America’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta in San Diego - A Living History
Silver Gate Yacht Club is hosting the 32nd Annual America's Schooner Cup on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The event once again benefits the military families of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. From its inception as a match race between the famed west coast wooden schooners, Dauntless and Baqheera, schooners of all sizes and construction have subsequently participated in this annual event. All come with great expectation that any one of them can win this annual race and etch a new name on the iconic "Cup" trophy. This may not be the biggest regatta in town, but it is certainly majestic in spirit, and the America's Schooner Cup event is a leader in the area's charity boat races, with schoonermen and SGYC members raising over $150,000 in the last six years for military family relief.
Planning for fresh springtime breezes on San Diego Bay, the America's Schooner Cup Race is designed for maximum public viewing in the harbor along Shelter Island - with the midday race start of three classes of vessels in front of Silver Gate Yacht Club. The public also has many options to participate in the race event themselves, as many of the racing schooners this year, including Californian, America, and Bill of Rights, will once again be open to charter. The schooners of this event are possibly the most beautiful boats to watch race in Southern California but they're also historically exceptional - many are ageless examples of living history and many will be coming from distant ports to face each other perhaps for the first time in decades. In the past, this event has featured the 1907 Crowninshields-designed schooner Martha and Alden-designed Diriqo II (2015 Cup Winner), both from Port Townsend, Washington. Past boats coming from the San Francisco Bay Area include Regulus and Mayan.