The 50th Anniversary Catalina 22 National Championship regatta will take place May 23-27 at the Pensacola Yacht Club in Florida. 24 boats are currently registered from across the United States including entries from Washington and the Southwest. The number on the start line is still subject to change as entries are being accepted until the day before racing starts. That same day, a practice session will be held on the bay in the afternoon.
Hal Smith, PYC’s PRO and a former C22 national champion himself, has a special affinity for the class, “The Catalina 22 class is the friendliest and warmest class ever. You will see families competing and friends teamed up to sail, and you will see sailors who have been sailing C22’s for over 40 years having owned multiple boats. This is the celebration of 50 years of the C22 National Association. Few classes have that kind of durability. National regattas had been held continuously every year until last year when COVID interrupted the streak. The loyalty of these sailors is special."