About 45 seagoing International Offshore Rule sailboats from San Diego to San Francisco will compete in six classes of the eighth annual Long Beach Race Week today through Sunday. Races are scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. daily.
Defending Class A champion is Jubilation, a Frers 44 entered by Jack S. James of Santa Barbara and to be sailed by Paul Cayard of San Francisco.
Cayard was Tom Blackaller's tactician and alternate helmsman on USA, one of the America's Cup challenge round semifinalists.
Race Week was originally modeled after the annual big boat series in San Francisco Bay, without the stronger winds and sometimes unpredictable tides. The buoy courses measuring 12.8 to 26.9 miles, depending on wind, will take the fleets well out into the San Pedro Channel.