King Harbor Yacht Club hosts Ken Hoover Regatta



Alex Beggs was the top placing local. Photos by Karly Spalding


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Top finishers in the 2021 Ken Hoover Memorial Youth Regatta, with their awards are(left to right Carly Kieding (1stm SBYC), Kanoa Lee (2nd, SBYC), and Alex Beggs (3rd, KHYC).


Story courtesy of King Harbor Yacht Club

Photos by Karly Spalding 

King Harbor Yacht Club’s Alex Beggs applied his knowledge of the local waters to claim third place in the Ken Hoover Memorial Youth Regatta over the weekend of May 1. Carly Kieding, from Santa Barbara Yacht Club, took first place, and Kanoa Lee, also from SBYC, took second. Over 40 young sailors took part in the final stop of the Optimist Series. Previous stops were in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Marina Del Rey, Cabrillo Beach, and Morro Bay.

The rookie sailors of the Green Fleet competed on inside the King Harbor  breakwater. The Champion Fleet, which participates in the International Optimist competition, sailed outside the harbor. 

Optimists are 8-foot, single-sail boats, piloted by single youth racers, ages 8-15. Optimists are the largest one-design competition fleet in the world, with racers advancing to high school, collegiate, and Olympic competition.

Families interested in sailing are invited to enroll their kids in the King Harbor Youth Foundation summer sailing program. The Foundation also provides adult sailing lessons on 24-foot sailboats.

For more information, visit, email or phone (424) 287-7245. ER



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