Sunday morning rain in LA and Orange County may have discouraged some but Marina del Rey was spared the wet stuff and offered up a glorious January day with nearly ideal winds for a great day of Lido 14 racing and fun.
Lido 14 racers were joined by Harbor 20s, Coronado 15s and Optis for the 2013 edition of the Super Bowl Charity Regatta. This event is one a few weekend small sailboat racing events held in Marina del Rey each year. While the numbers were down, SMWYC and Fleet 2 put on another great regatta.
The start finish line was relocated this year to the east end of the outer channel and eliminated the reaching starts and finishes of the last two years. Two weather marks were set in the channel and one, which was not used, was set outside the breakwater. The two lap windward leeward courses averaged about 35 minutes in length and provided a good workout in the cool but ideal 8 -10 knots of breeze. While not overly shifty, some of the shifts and lulls offered some great opportunities.