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eer Can racing is one of the most time-honored traditions at almost every yacht club and sailing center in the country. Here in Northern California, it's practiced at nearly every club with any kind of racing program. Because there are so many clubs within such a small area, there are one or two races every night of the week. That means unless you work night shifts, you ought to be able to find one that works for you. There's no
Spread — check out the variety in the fleet at Santa Cruz YC's extemporaneous Wednesday night race. Insets, clockwise from top-left — Jack Gordon puts the helm down on 'Roller Coaster,' Beer Can races make for smiles; it's so intense you can even do it with a beverage in one hand.
better way to get some weekday sailing therapy than to take advantage of one of the most relaxed no-fuss manifestations of sailboat racing. Have you been thinking about going racing, but feel intimidated by a hypercompetitive atmosphere? Beer can races are the best no-pressure, entry-level
races, hands-down. There's rarely a protest, yelling is scarce — it's usually met with the disapproval of everyone else. And, there's a bunch of like-minded people to socialize with afterwards. The races range from the "serious" — which in the case of beer can racing means a race committee and scoring — to infor-
The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.