Olympic pathway points toward Los Angeles 2028
The West Marine US Open Sailing Series continues the summer swing through California as the fifth event in the 2021 schedule is held July 9-11 in Long Beach, one of the nation’s most popular sailing locations.
As the site of the Olympic Sailing competition for the Los Angeles 2028 Games, Long Beach Olympic Classes Regatta will hold racing from men and women in the 29er, Finn, Foiling Kite, iQFoil, ILCA 7, ILCA 6, ILCA 4, and Nacra 17.
The West Marine US Open Sailing Series launched in January 2021 in Florida over three events at major sailing venues in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Clearwater. The inaugural racing series resumed in San Diego on June 12-13 and racing was conducted in five classes.
Long Beach is the second of three stops on the California tour. Following the stop in Long Beach, the series continues up the California coastline to San Francisco on August 13-15, 2021.
Event co-chair Lisa Meier reflects on the region’s long history participating in the Summer Olympics. “In 1932, the Southern California Yachting Association was given full authority to choose the “official games boat” and designated the Olympic Monotype Class.
“Again in 1984 Long Beach hosted Olympians from around the world. The yacht clubs and sailing centers of Long Beach joined forces along with hundreds of volunteers to spend years preparing for an outstanding Olympic Sailing venue and Games.
“Long Beach Yacht Club, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, and The US Sailing Center Long Beach have joined together to assemble teams of dedicated volunteers from Southern California to prepare and host the regattas, tests, and Worlds in preparation for 2028.
“In 2024, after the Paris Olympics, the sailing world tilts in the direction of Long Beach. The community will be poised to welcome the world, preparing venues and connections that will have lasting positive effects on all who participate.”