Great Vallejo Race

The times the boats race past the waterfront will depend on winds at tides. The Vallejo Yacht Club couldn’t tell me what time they’re open for food and music, or if that’s even open to the public, so your guess is as good as mine!

As the boats enter Carquinez Strait, they bunch together, making the turn into Mare Island Strait. Because of the topography of Mare Island, as well as the fact that it sits at the mouth of the Napa River, local knowledge (or many years of sailing the race) can make the difference as the yachts maneuver toward the finish line on the Vallejo city waterfront. Winds vary from light to heavy and become exceedingly shifty. By the time they enter the strait, many of the crews are let’s say “over-relaxed” by sun, surf, and suds. This is where the fun really starts! In the mad dash for the finish line, sharp crews can usually pick off several places with close attention to trim, wind, and current. Just be sure to check your charts and keep a close watch on your depth sounder!


Date(s) - Sun, May 7, 2023
7:00 am to 10:00 pm


Vallejo Yacht Club
485 Mare Island Way, Vallejo


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