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Sailors compete in 41st Annual McNish Classic Yacht Race

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.

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