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Camellia Cup Regatta - It's Unique
The Camellia Cup regatta is distinctive not because it has been held for 49 years, nor because took its name from the Sacramento Camellia Festival, not even that for two decades it was one of the largest regattas in the country, attracting over 200 boats consistently and peaking at 350 entries.
No, several regattas can make similar claims. What makes Camellia Cup is distinctive because it is one of the few regattas with an "overall" winner.
In most regattas, individual trophies are given to the top finishers in each class and perpetual trophies for major classes of boats (e.g., keel, centerboard, and multihull), but at the Camellia Cup, all boats also compete for the title of overall winner.
This honor goes to the skipper with the best sailing performance over the two days of the regatta. This is usually the sailor with many or all firsts in one of the largest fleets, enshrining her or him on the Camellia Cup's perpetual trophy, a large silver bowl.
Camellia Cup's scoring system encourages one-design sailing and large fleets. Typically, boats under 25' compete, including: Wavelength 24s, Catalina 22s, Santana 20s, Thistles, Day Sailers, Vanguards, FJs, Lido 14s, Banshees, Lasers, and Hobie Cats.
This year, the Folsom Lake Yacht Club is instituting a new tradition, made possible by ISC Racing, a prime sponsor of the regatta. Fleet winners will have their 'first place' victories embroidered on commemorative windbreakers. Similarly, the overall winner’s windbreaker will display that they were the 'Camellia Cup Champion'.