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The Border Run

The Border Run Facts:

  • Organized by South Shore Yacht club of Newport Beach and Southwestern Yacht Club of San Diego
  • Part of the Ullman Sails Offshore Championship Series
  • Long Course (91 miles) Newport beach around Cornado del Norte and finish outside San Diego Harbor
  • Short Course (70) miles Newport Beach to the finish just outside San Diego Harbor
  • Sprint Course (14 miles) for dingy sailors, sailboards, kiteboards, kayaks and paddleboards with a finish at Dana Point
  • Check theborderrun.org homepage for more race details

The Border Run

Compete with some of Southern California's best sailors in a multi-format long distance race designed to appeal to all sailors.

Three race courses of varying lengths allow all manner of sailing craft to partcipate- from the 91 mile long course to the 14 mile long sprint course everyone is able to join in the fun at whatever level and race distance appeals to them. The Border Run benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, the border run's stated goal is raising $1,000,000 for research and blood cancer awareness.

The Border Run starts on Friday April 8th with a Skipper's meeting and great send-off party with live band, full bar and food on the water at Harborside Pavilion in Newport Beach, put on by the organizing authority, South Shore Yacht Club.

On Saturday morning, off the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach the South Shore Yacht Club race committee will start over a thousand sailors on hundreds of boats in the 3rd annual Border Run on THREE different courses.

  • The Challenging International Long Course (91 miles) From Newport Beach, around Coronado del Norte Island in Mexican waters, then a sprint to the finish line just outside San Diego Harbor.
  • The Border Run Short Course (70 miles) For first timers and smaller boats, the short course allows a more direct route straight to the finish line just outside San Diego harbor.
  • The Sprint Course (14 miles) New this year, keeping with the "all-inclusive" attitude of the Border Run event, a third 14-mile course has been added for dingy sailors, sailboards, kiteboards, kayaks and even paddleboards that finishes at Dana Point.
  • When preparing The Border Run pre-race strategy for the race it will be critical for you to know the 7-day weather forecast, wind and wave conditions for the offshore area along the course. TRY BUOYWEATHER PREMIUM 15 DAYS FREE - Sign up to become a premium member now.

    The Border Run Marine Forecast & Sailing Charts

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    The Border Run Race Tips

  • One month before The Border Run, set a game plan. Speak with people who have participated in The Border Run, and plan on attending any race seminars to get a feel for what the typical conditions are.

  • The simple 7-day outlooks are where you will start. Favorites are our friend. Set the multiple points along The Border Run course, and begin checking them daily the week of the race to discover trends, and to find which maps are easier for you to use. Look at what the wind is doing throughout the day, and focus on the basic trends For example, if you see the afternoon forecast says 12-14 out of the WNW and the following morning says 3-5 out of the SSW be aware of not only the wind shift, but also that there will most likely be a period of time that the wind will die completely.

  • Next look at the Centered Charts such as GFS, Wave, and SLP in the "Forecast Tools" section on the left hand side. Pay particular attention to the nearshore wind.

  • The idea behind the new charting system is for you to make your own chart boundaries and add them to your Buoyweather Favorites list for future use. Select the chart area you want to see. From there you should zoom in/out and change the chart center for your specific needs. When it is aligned the way you want with the chart variable you desire, add it to your Buoyweather favorites. The zoom in/out buttons are in the chart menu. To change the center, use the form on the left to alter the current Virtual Buoy position. This will adjust the center of the chart, or any other lat/long based display you are looking at.

  • One week before the start of The Border Run look at the overall synoptic setup (SLP). Check for high and low pressure systems, and how they affect wind and swell. Animate the screen to see how the ridges are changing.

  • Be aware of pressure shifts, and look for where the wind will most likely be coming from. If it has been filling in consistently from the top of the course then it should be part of your game plan to be on that side of the course. Not the furthest out, but towards the area where pressure is filling in.

  • Two days before the start of the Border Run refine your game plan. Look closely at the points you have selected and print the charts that you find most helpful. Select a few more points inside and outside of the ones you have set as favorites. Set up text alerts for the points you think will follow your general course. You can receive simple text messages for free on your SAT phone, and these will alert you to any sudden changes. If you have sailmail you can use that to stay updated as well.

  • Print the tide information for the start of the Border Run and for when you think you will be finishing and be aware of where the start and finish lines will be. Tides can make a huge difference particularly at the finish of many races, and you should always be aware of what they are doing.

  • Do a final Border Run weather check, and print and pages that you do not have already.

  • Keep a weather journal for next year's race!