Close on the heels of the Laser D25 Championship, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is hosting its 2013 Olympic Classes Regatta September 14-15: http://www.abyc.org/fleetracing/event.cfm?id=663&fleet_id=15 "RETOOLING THE OLDEST OLYMPIC REGATTA IN NORTH AMERICAIt was reported in Scuttlebutt 3739 that among the recommendations to improve the U.S. Olympic sailing program was to limit the reliance on traveling to Europe for athletes to improve their competitiveness and that domestic training needed to become a strength. Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) in Long Beach, CA has retooled the oldest Olympic Classes Regatta (OCR) in North America, September 14-15, 2013 to better meet the needs of continental athletes. "The winners of the ABYC OCR Perpetual Trophies read like a who's who of yachting," said Mark Townsend, club member and ISAF International Race Officer. "Names such as Mark Reynolds, Robbie Haynes, John Kostecki, John Lovell, Russell Coutts, John Bertrand, Steve Benjamin, Ross MacDonald, Bill Buchan, Jonathan McKee and John Shaden all appear on the trophies." ABYC's Olympic Classes Regatta has been held every year since 1961. In 2013, the event will be open to all Olympic classes as well as the Junior Olympic classes, Kiteboards and other invited classes. More importantly, it will be held September 14-15. Traditionally held in the early spring, upwards of 250 boats competed in the late 80's and early 90's when the ABYC's regatta was part of the CanAm series including regattas in Canada (CORK) and Marblehead. But when the emphasis shifted to winter training in South Florida and spring events in Europe, event participation suffered. Working in conjunction with the US SAILING team, ABYC has moved the regatta to late summer to better fit the Olympic calendar and to coincide with what is arguably the best time of year for sailing conditions in North America." SCUTTLEBUTT 3740 - Monday, December 17, 2012. Sign-up on-line: http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_club_events.php?CLUB_ID=43# before Saturday September 7th and take advantage of the early entry discount.