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Elvstrom-Zellerbach Regatta Celebrates the Best of Small Boat Sailing
Seven classes of small boats are invited to race in the Elvstrom-Zellerbach Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club, May 11-12, 2019, and registration is still open for last-minute sailors looking to test their skills on the City Front course in San Francisco Bay.

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Seven classes of small boats are invited to race in the Elvstrom-Zellerbach Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club, May 11-12, 2019, and registration is still open for last-minute sailors looking to test their skills on the City Front course in San Francisco Bay.

Elvstrom-Zellerbach is the club’s annual “Olympic classes” regatta and is the combination of two longstanding events in the Club’s history. The Zellerbach Regatta, which started in 1963, making it the oldest annual dinghy regatta held at St. Francis Yacht Club, is named after Isadore Zellerbach. His family donated a beautiful trophy in his name to be competed for annually by an Olympic Class singlehanded dinghy. Over the years this has been mostly awarded to the winner in the Finn Class, though also to boards and recently extended to the highly competitive 505 class. The Elvstrom Regatta was created by Don Trask in 1975 during the height of the “Laser revolution” on the West Coast. The event is named after the famous Olympic sailor Paul Elvstrom and the first event is notable for him sailing in the event, ending his first, and perhaps only, Laser regatta in second place.

The seven invited classes this year are 505, C420, F18 catamaran, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Weta and Hydrofoil Kiteboard. “We’re expecting to see some 70 boats in all these classes racing the City Front course right in front of the club, which will be fun to watch from the clubhouse,” said Tracy Usher, Regatta Chair and 2015 winner of the Elvstrom Trophy. “Each of these classes will see great competition, particularly in classes like the 505 with a number of world champions and both Laser fleets with a number of top-level masters battling it out with up-and-coming youth.”

Last year the Zellerbach trophy went to the most competitive fleet – 505s – and was won by the world champion team of Mike Martin and Adam Lowry, who scored seven straight bullets, besting teams from as nearby as Santa Cruz and as distant as New York. They are returning to compete for the 2019 title and trophy. 

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