5 Things to Know About Racing USA 76

USA 76 has been racing quite frequently lately.  The new series she entered in is the South Beach Yacht Club’s Friday night races.  These races are open to anyone who wishes to help us crew and race against other boats.  Here’s 5 things to know about racing USA 76:

“What is it like?”  Racing USA 76 is most definitely a team effort.  The 84 foot race yacht takes participation and in order to fly around the racecourse.  There is a great deal of timing and coordination amongst the crew, who pitch in with headsail changes, trimming and maneuvering the yacht.  Everyone gets to take the helm and help out grinding the pedestals.

Have no racing experience?  It’s OK! Our crew is very knowledgeable and make it very easy for any first-timer to feel like a seasoned professional.  We explain the racing basics and teach you how to get involved.

“What’s the difference between races vs. the regular sails?”  Typical charters have us sailing in the central Bay and performing maneuvers less frequently. Racing has a faster pace, with a more refined mindset geared towards performing well against the fleet.  The intensity level is cranked up a bit and everyone involved has fun completing the course.

“Who do we race against?” Since we are almost twice the size of the other boats racing, it is often asked who our competition is.  The racing is all handicapped (PHRF), so the times correct out at the end allowing boats of different sizes to race against one another.  Still curious? Click here for more about PHRF ratings, Performance Handicap Racing Fleet.  USA 76 has a rating of -78. 

“Where do we race?” This summer USA 76 is racing with the South Beach Yacht Club (which is located at Pier 40 by the Giants stadium).  This has us sailing just south of the Bay Bridge.

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