Navy Seeks to Defend

Navy defending Harbor Cup championship

But not exactly how you might think

The United States Naval Academy won last year’s race and is returning to try to keep its trophy. The race and its related activities are headquartered at Los Angeles Yacht Club. Ten colleges will compete: the host Califor-¬nia Maritime Institute, Cork (Ireland) Insti-¬tute of Technology, USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and the Coast Guard, Navy, Maine, and New York Academies, and the College of Charleston. Racing will take place from about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 and about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. The Saturday evening dinner, beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., will feature the noted sailing journalist and commentator Gary Jobson, editor-at-large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines. The dinner is open to the public and the deadline for reser-¬vations is March 5. The collegiate teams in the Harbor Cup competition all race one class of boats, Catalina 37s, which means it’s the sailors’ skills that are tested without any advantage from boat design. Up to 10 races will be held. The race was established in 2008 and has become one of the most prestigious collegiate sailing competitions. Many of the athletes competing in the event stay at the homes or on board the boats of members of Los Angeles Yacht Club. Spectator boats give great views of the races. Contact Los Angeles Yacht Club for more information. Los Angeles Yacht Club 285 Whalers Walk, Cabrillo Marine, Waterfront 310-831-1203,