The 17th Annual Cruiser Challenge will be 22/23/24 July 2016

The Cruiser Challenge is a great get together by The Potter Yachters at Monterey Bay, CA. Friday, 22 July, folks arrive, rig and get boats into the water. the racing (low key type) is Saturday 23 July. folks not wanting to race are warmly welcomed. so come out and join the fun!

dockside social time

Social time at the docks during the 2015 Cruiser Challenge.

New details for 2016 from the event organizer –

for 2016 there is additional activity … so even more fun, if that’s possible. A new and simple “set time” starting sequence will be in place allowing those with motors to get to the starting line at the correct time. As those sailing will still have right-of-way, anyone using their motors will not have any advantage. The fastest sailors will prove themselves on the course, but everyone will have a better chance to start with the pack. Also, at the PY’ers annual meeting last Sunday, I [Goose, the event organizer] put out the suggestion that intrepid sailors looking for a fresh experiences launch at Moss Landing on Friday, sail down 3-4hrs to Monterey for Cruiser Challenge activities Saturday, and sail back to Moss on Sunday for some fleet whale watching and/or informal racing.

There will be no Dory Taylor Cup [the race traditionally happening on Sunday] this year, so we need some more FUN on Sunday. I will be checking on launch/parking arrangements at Moss. I understand that if conditions are not favorable, that shuttling rigs back to Monterey for retrieval is no big deal (30-45min each way). Also, this would not be an official Potter-Yachter function, or part of the Cruiser Challenge … but I think would be fun to join others who have done this trip in past years. Not for beginners, and as always, everyone is responsible for themselves. VERY IMPORTANTLY, as this would impact our reserved parking arrangements with the city of Monterey (which we have to commit big $$$ to well before the event), anyone considering cruising in should contact me [Goose] at your earliest convenience.

Thanks, Goose

p.s. Whale counts and passage times will be duly noted and bragging rights awarded

Here is the link to the Cruiser Challenger www-site –

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