On behalf of the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, I would like to welcome the Shields racers and their support teams to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula! Our Club is excited to be hosting your national competition, and with one of the most exquisite coastlines in the country, we are sure your racing will be long remembered.
The Monterey Peninsula holds a very historic place in California history, settled first by the Spanish and then the Yankees from the east coast. With its wide, deep bay that shelters from all but the worst storms, Monterey has been a perfect anchorage when transiting the California coast. Monterey was the first Spanish capital of Alta California. After the Mexican War, California became part of the United States, the Gold Rush occurred, and the rest is, as they say, history.
There are so many great things to do on the Peninsula, you may not have time to race! The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open every day for those who would like to experience this local treasure. A stroll down Cannery Row past the Aquarium will bring you to Doc Rickett’s Lab, from John Steinbeck’s famous books. Point Lobos and Big Sur are a short drive for those who would like to walk on the California coast or in the majestic redwoods. And the beaches are always open for a walk or a forage among the tide pools.
We look forward to meeting all the racers, teams and spectators in September!
Commodore, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
On behalf of Fleets 7 & 12, welcome to the Monterey Peninsula. We trust you’ll find the Monterey Bay a challenging, scenic and enjoyable sailing venue and we look forward to sharing it with you. We pride ourselves on our hospitality and support of visiting sailors. I encourage you to contact me, Garth Hobson our Regatta Director or any of our membership with any questions about your visit to the area. We’ll be happy to do anything possible to make your visit truly memorable.
The 2016 National Championship Regatta comes to Monterey this year for the first time since 1984. This is the third time Monterey and MPYC have hosted the event and we’ve worked hard to make sure this will be the most memorable of them all. We have planned a number of special events for participants and spectators alike and look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you and your team.
Both previous Monterey National Regattas were won by local sailors. Michael Polkabla was victorious in 1984 and Dick Clark won the first of his two Shields Championship in 1975. We pride ourselves on defending our home waters and expect a great challenge this year.
Thank you for your support of Shields racing. I look forward to seeing you on the water.
Captain, Fleet 12