Dick McNish can’t stay away from the race that bears his name. He sometimes jokes about taking a break, but returns year-after-year and occasionally wins.
He won his weight in champagne in 2017. On Saturday, McNish didn’t think the conditions would favor Cheerio II, his 46-foot wooden yawl, once owned by actor Errol Flynn. Cheerio II once won a Best Restored Vessel awards at a festival.
This year 17 wooden yachts of all shapes and sizes entered the race hosted by the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club in Oxnard.
Sailors enjoyed a race course just off the Channel Islands and Ventura Harbors.
This year a yacht named Sally, out of San Diego, won the prestigious Strathmore Cup and the skipper’s weight in champagne.