More than 120 Southland sailors will be making their first move toward the 1988 Olympic Games yachting events this weekend in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 26th annual Olympic Classes Regatta, which begins today.
Ken Weiss, general chairman of the regatta, said races for all seven Olympic classes--Soling, Flying Dutchman, Finn, Star, International 470, Tornado and Sailboard--will be involved. There will be both men's and women's divisions in the 470 Class for the first time. Sailboarders will have three divisions, Windsurfer and two open classes.
The U.S. Yacht Racing Union (USYRU) will use the event for ranking the sailboard competitors to determine skippers for future financial assistance.
As an added incentive, ABYC has commissioned an artist to design and cast commemorative medallions that will be presented to the winning skippers and crews.