2016 Rose Bowl Regatta – A Free Event for Spectators January 2 – 3, 2016 – Starts at 11:00am both days
Yes, there will be a Rose Bowl for USC’s Trojans this month, but it won’t be football, and fans will have to come down to the beach Saturday and Sunday to see it.
It’s the 28th annual Rose Bowl Regatta, hosted by the University of Southern California Sailing Team, which is not affected by NCAA post-season sanctions imposed on the football team. The event is organized by the US Sailing Center of Long Beach and based at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.
The lineups feature 31 of the nation’s best collegiate programs from Hawaii to the East Coast and 56 high school teams from throughout California.
That makes it the nation’s largest combined collegiate and high school sailing event, contested on 13-foot, two-person CFJ dinghies, which will have plenty of room after moving outside from the limited space in Alamitos Bay to the Long Beach Harbor waters surrounding the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.
Accommodations for spectators will include free shuttles from the beach parking lots to the end of the pier, an upscale snack bar and comfort stations.
Racing starts at 11 a.m. each day. The high school Silver fleet will race inside Alamitos Bay.
The defending champions are Georgetown University of Washington D.C. and Point Loma High School of San Diego. Georgetown’s toughest rival figures to be top-ranked Boston College, which nosed it out for No. 1 this season.
Georgetown’s lead skipper will be Chris Barnard, a sophomore from Newport Beach, one of many West Coasters attending East Coast schools.
The 52nd Congressional Cup – April 5th – April 10th, 2016
Ted Turner. Ed Baird. Dennis Conner. These world class sailors will tell you the Congressional Cup is pure match racing – a true test of sailing ability. They’re three out of a long list of top sailors who have traveled to Long Beach to compete in what has been called the Grandfather of Modern Match Racing.
Pure match racing means boats are precisely uniform, which creates an opportunity to truly measure sailing strategy and skills. In this regatta there is no margin for error: It’s like a chess game on the water, and year after year the Congressional Cup delivers excitement.
In May, the Congressional Cup returns to Long Beach Yacht Club, and 2015 marks 51 years of hosting the premier match race in sailing. World-renowned skippers will travel from New Zealand, England, and beyond to come and battle it out on the waters off Long Beach. Come enjoy the boats, the teams, the history and the excitement from our free viewing area at the Veterans Memorial Belmont Pier.
Pirate, Fairy & Mermaid Experience at Pirate Invasion
June 25 – 26, 2016
100’s of costumed Pirates and 3 Pirate ships will descend on the Belmont Pier for 2 days of all things Pirate. Sword fights, cannon and musket battles, a treasure hunt, adult and children’s costume contest, an interactive kid’s zone, arts and craft vendors, live and dj entertainment on our stages, food and grog, a living history encampment, a live production of “Treasure Island”, and this year we’ve added Mertropolis an area where 50 mermaids will reside, have a Mermaid themed village and taking advantage of Long Beach’s new Olympic pools we will have the first Mermaid Olympics. This event has grown leaps and bounds and this Year we expect crowds of up to 10,000 guests over the 2 days.
63rd Annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo – 8:00am to 12:00pm
August 5, 2016
Who can enter:
Boys and Girls ages 16 and under
(kids under 12 must be supervised by an adult).
Please provide your own fishing pole and tackle.
Brought to you by the Tuna Club of Southern California and Alfredo’s Beach Club.
Free to kids 16 and under, this annual event kicks off at 8am. Free bait, snacks and instruction will be available. Participants need to provide their own rod and reel. There will be prizes for many categories and everyone goes home a winner.