MADE IN SANTA CRUZ RACEWEEK – Here is a tour of the old “Chicken Coop” with boat designer and builder Bill Lee.
From the mid 60s to the early 90s, for nearly three decades, Santa Cruz was the innovative epicenter of the Ultra Light Displacement Boat (ULDB) movement. That is to say, building sailboats that plane on top of the water, which is much faster going than digging a hole through the water. This iconic era of yacht design led to many boats whose names are sailing staples: Magic, Pacific High, Summer Time, Eclipse, Panache, Chutzpah, Grendel, Blondie, Summertime Dream, and the infamous 70 footer Merlin. ”
“The Santa Cruz Yacht Club figured that it was time to have a family reunion, and the “Made in Santa Cruz Race Week” was born. This spring, from May 25th to June 2nd every boat, or boat built from a hull mold that was built in Santa Cruz, is cordially invited to come to Santa Cruz and play. Events within Santa Cruz Race Week include the Moore 24 and Santa Cruz 27 Nationals, a Wood is Good day, inclusion of the 67 Mile Windjammer from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, a Big Boat ORR/PHRF racing day, and a Concors Delagance.”