Merlin flies her spinnaker under the golden gate for the 75th Windjammer 2017 Poster, designed by Andrew Mizell

A classic late-summer dash from San Francisco past Año Nuevo down to the sunshine of Santa Cruz, the Windjammer regatta is one of the oldest annual regattas on California's Pacific Coast.

The Windjammer Regatta was first hosted by The Santa Cruz Yacht Club in the early 1930's but enjoys deep roots going back to the Pacific Yacht Club's Race To Santa Cruz in 1884. Racers can expect exciting downwind fun as they pace to the surf city throughout the afternoon followed by light technical breeze in the evening. Finishes are scored off the Santa Cruz Wharf throughout the day and into the night. After arriving, sailors can relax at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club on the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor or venture through the beach-side town to explore the Boardwalk rollercoasters, dynamic culture and local flare, or hike & bike through magnificent stands of coastal redwoods.

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