The Chichester Around Alameda Race was first raced back in the '70s and is now sailed every few years. What makes this race so fun and interesting is that the only mark of the course is the island of Alameda itself, you can go around it either way! Of unique challenge are the 3 relatively low draw bridges! They are not quiet high enough to sail under, so capsizing, or sailing at an extreme heal or any other method to get you through the bridges is the trick. Taking into account the current so it's with you is key. The 4th bridge (Bay Farm Island) is high enough to sail under but the span is narrow so short tacking takes skill, and maybe a bit of nerve.
Alameda Community Sailing Center is excited to be the OA this year with a new format including a short course regatta on Saturday in Sea Plane Lagoon, a spectacular stadium like venue for such racing. And Sunday the Chichester Around Alameda Race will start with a broad reach to the turning mark - Sail GP style start - before you decide which way you plan to sail the island.
Video by Elisa Williams