Fulmor Race to Pelican Bay
The Fulmor (named after Ira P. Fulmor) race from Santa Barbara to Pelican Bay has long been a tradition for SBYC racers. It will begin with a race from Santa Barbara Yacht Club to Pelican Bay on Saturday, July 13th and end with a race back on Sunday, July 14th. On Saturday night, there will be lots of fun and hanging out in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Check out the logistics section below to see how the event works. Trophies will be awarded for both races and overall winners. Sign up for a great weekend getaway and race!
For visiting boats, Santa Barbara’s central California location provides easy access from anywhere between San Diego and San Francisco. Trailer storage and dockage will be available for the event. SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL Santa Barbara Channel offers 50 miles of unparalleled scenery. It is bordered by the Channel Islands National Park to the south and the ‘American riviera’ to the north. In July, the venue typically provides a sea breeze of 12-18 knots from the WSW, but has a variety of wind conditions and average temperatures of 77 degrees.
The city of Santa Barbara is one of Southern California’s top family vacation destinations, and offers a wide range of options for racers and their ‘shore crew’.
SANTA BARBARA YACHT CLUB
One of the oldest clubs on the west coast, Santa Barbara Yacht Club has served racing sailors since 1872. Its current location overlooks the mountains, beaches, and harbor of Santa Barbara. The club supports a wide range of one design, dinghy, and rating rule classes for all ages. The members welcome all regatta participants to enjoy SBYC, the city, and the excellent sailing conditions of Santa Barbara.
If you have further questions, please contact the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Race Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 965-8112.
Thursday, July 11
*Visiting Boats may enter the SBYC lot on this day. Permission to store boats prior to this time must be made in writing to email@example.com.
Saturday, July 13 - Racing Day 1
0900 Competitor meeting at SBYC Upper Deck
1000 First warning signal
After Racing Awards in Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island
Sunday, July 14 - Racing Day 2
1000 First warning signal
After Racing Hors d’oeuvres and awards at SBYC Upper Deck
Wednesday, July 17
1000 Visiting boats & trailers should be removed from the SBYC lot by this time, except if they are staying to race Wet Wednesday.
The biggest thing that keeps people away from this race is the logistics of bunks and food for a crew to sail the event. But before you say no, read on to see how we can help solve these problems!
Food that you need to worry about can be broken up into four meals. One large cooler should hold enough for your crew. If your boat does not have capacity to take a cooler over to the island while racing, there is limited space on the support vessel to transport it across, but you will not have access to the cooler for the duration of the race.
- Saturday Lunch - the best plan is to eat a big breakfast and have sandwiches / snacks in the cooler to eat while sailing over to the island.
- Saturday Dinner - SBYC will hopefully have enough meals to feed 50-60 people. Pre-order these meals during the online registration process. It will be simple food, but hopefully it will be hot and taste good. If your boat is built for cook outs, bring your own food and throw it on the grill!
- Sunday Breakfast - If not heating options, bring breakfast bars and/or cereal.
- Sunday Lunch - Sandwiches / snacks.
It doesn't need to be complicated. The trade off of cold snacks is worth the amount of fun that the island is.
Here are several options for how to house your crew at the island.
- Sleep under the stars on the deck! It may seem wild, but it's going to be pretty nice in the middle of July and if you have a cockpit that can sleep two, that will help!
- Team up with a CHRF or cruiser friend. Convince a CHRF or cruising buddy to come over and be your support boat. It not only solves bunk problems, but is a lot of fun to have multiple boats out there.
SBYC provides a RC boat that will be available for shuttling between boats when it's not doing race committee duty. This boat will also be delivering the Saturday night dinners to those who ordered.
You will need two anchors (one for the bow and one for the stern). Shawn Hughes has graciously offered to be an advisor to what you might need when it comes to anchoring at the island. Feel free to reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vehicle Parking for CREW, SPECTATORS, and OTHERS
Due to short supply of parking in the SBYC club lot, non-member competitor vehicles will only be allowed in the SBYC lot for short periods of time to unhitch and hitch boat trailers. However, there is a public parking lot on the north side of the harbor as shown in ‘Attachment H – Harbor Map’. All day parking costs $12 per vehicle. For those who are willing to walk, there is limited free parking in the Pershing Park parking lot (on the west side of Castillo Street, just north of the Pershing Park baseball diamonds).
Boat Dry Storage & Trailer Storage
Upon arrival, out of town boats may be set up to launch in the Southwest corner of the SBYC parking lot (furthest from club and closest to the ocean), adjacent to the boat yard. There is a hose for competitors to use at this location. Power can be run from the boat yard if needed. After boats have been launched, trailers will be stored in this same location as shown in ‘Attachment H – Harbor Map’. Please contact the front desk for entrance into the SBYC lot - (805) 965-8112.
Yacht Club Facilities
The Yacht Club facilities will be open to all competitors. The Yacht Club only accepts credit card charges for visitors.
Marina Gate Entry
The Marina One entrance is located between SBYC and the breakwater as shown in ‘Attachment B – Santa Barbara Harbor Map’. Marina One gate cards may be purchased from the harbor department for $8 (located next to SBYC).
Restrooms / Showers
The Yacht Club restrooms & showers are available during regular operating hours or with a SBYC parking lot gate card after hours. The Marina restrooms are accessible with a marina gate card. Public restrooms are also available adjacent to the harbor public parking lot near the launch ramp. Most of the Marina restroom facilities have showers.
The SBYC hoist is located on the pier closest to the yacht club (gray in color). The hoist key is available from the front desk of SBYC. If available, it is suggested you enlist the assistance of a SBYC member who is experienced with the use of the hoist.
The 4 ton city hoist is beige in color and located at the end of the long pier next to the SBYC hoist and runs on quarters. If you feel you must lift your boat without attaching the keel and launch with the keel down, you will want to use this hoist. However, it is a very long pier to back down and you are likely to encounter considerable commercial traffic and tourism. This hoist is also known to have an appetite for Windexs.
Boat Wet Storage
While in Santa Barbara, boats may be rafted off end tie D as shown on ‘Attachment H – Harbor Map’. Boats may be rafted three deep.
Things to do At Santa Cruz Island
Swim, fish, paddle board, kayak, or just hang out on a boat at the island.