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The SCENE Magazine

Wednesday Night Race Season has begun!

Apr 08, 2013 10:56PM ● By Corinne Moore
You don’t need to know the difference between the “main” and the “jib” to enjoy and appreciate the Bay Area’s most beautiful spectator sport, sailing.

Few places anywhere have the kind of sailing community that is found in the Clear Lake/Bay Area. This area is home to competitive sailing programs and races run by a number of yacht clubs and local sailing associations. For anyone who loves to sail, who could ask for a better place to live or visit than here.

But sailing is also a fabulous spectator sport, and this area offers residents and visitors the rare opportunity to enjoy the impressive sight of sailing up-close and personal during the 2013 season of the Wednesday Night Races on Clear Lake which started last month and is hosted again this year at Seabrook’s Villa Capri.

As host, Villa Capri offers the best view of the races with the start and finish lines directly in front of the restaurant in the prevailing southeast breeze. There will be live commentary, drink specials, random awards, and a special, Wednesday Night Menu to go along with the beautiful views and action.

The Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, now in its 33rd year, feature numerous classes of boats on the lake and the bay. Also known as “Beer Can Races” around America, these races are generally more relaxed, but Clear Lake’s version has become a great way to tune up a crew’s teamwork or get involved in the sport for the first time. Introducing some longer, more relaxed racing into the series will allow skippers to invite newbies along for a ride without worrying too much about the continuous scramble for the next upcoming maneuver. These races are also unique with turning marks set just yards away from the spectators on land. With the marks set so close, it is easy to watch the teamwork, sail changes, and listen to the exchanges between boats, which sometimes can be comical.

Combined with the great food, drinks, and service, and the garden-like atmosphere of Villa Capri’s patio, the races will serve as a great place for an escape from the work week. See you there!