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35th Annual Beer Can Series on San Diego Bay

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - More than 100 sailboats will take over San Diego Bay each Wednesday as the Beer Can Summer Series gets underway.

The 35th annual Beer Can Race Series begins May 28 and will last for 10 weeks. The series is presented by the Cortez Racing Association (CRA) and Silver Gate Yacht Club.

Befitting San Diego’s role as the home of the best and most competitive sailing in the world, the annual Beer Can Summer Series is one of the largest annual sailing events in Southern California, with more than a hundred sailboats of different sizes and handicaps taking to San Diego Bay each week throughout the summer.

The Beer Can Series got its name from a bunch of sailors taking advantage of the longer summer days to race for fun after work in the middle of the week, sometimes with a brew or two in hand. Over the years, the series has gotten serious and there are Beer Can races in coastal towns all over the country, always on midweek evenings.

In San Diego, the weekly Beer Can race is best viewed from Harbor Island. During the summer, every Wednesday at 6 p.m., sailors from all over the county and beyond, including multiple America’s Cup champion Dennis Conner, compete in 10 different classes. The boats range in size from 24 feet all the way up to Conner’s powerful 60 foot Stars & Stripes. Pretty much anyone who’s ever been involved in competitive sailing in San Diego, including international champions like J.J. Isler, Russell Coutts, and reigning America’s Cup champion James Spithill, has competed in the Beer Cans.

"The CRA Beer Can series is the highlight of the San Diego sailing season," said Dennis Conner. "There is something for everyone involved: good competition, interesting courses, and a great social scene afterwards."

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