When MBYC was founded in 1927, one of the first major events was the Club Championship in 1928. Since then it has been run annually, except for ’33, ’43, ’53 and ’58. The trophy has grown like a wedding cake, with extra tiers being added to the bottom as upper ones are filled with name plates.

Looking it over, one can see a number of names of sailors who are still active, including some, such as Ken Karnes, who won as teenagers.

But it’s not just the trophy that racers covet – it’s also the reserved parking space!

Multiple winners are Doug Hart (5 times), David Tillson & Keith Davids (4 times), John Jackman  & Kent Foster (3 times), and the following who have won twice: Eric Kownacki, Chris Snow, Craig Leweck, Scott Finkboner, Brian Thomas, & Keith Davids. There are three father/son combos that won. They are: Lew Bedford (1975) and Don Bedford (2001), George Sinks (1984) and Chuck Sinks (1991), David Wright (1963) and David Wright III (1974).

For most years, various fleets have provided boats, in postwar years, these have been boats such as Victories, Lightnings, Skimmers, Lidos, and one year, Sabots. One of the most interesting years was in 1989, when Skimmers were used. By that time, most of the Skimmers were pretty elderly. This resulted in a demolition derby as boats broke down all over the bay. The Skimmer folks, to their credit, scrambled hard to keep the boats patched up enough to finish the regatta. No one was bored, that’s for sure.

In the early 70’s, the event was run in rental boats at Vacation Village (now the Princess Resort). These were galvanized tubs, with heavy keels and blown-out sails. (Ugh!) Wiser heads prevailed and after a few years the regatta returned to club boats.

In 1990, the Capri 14.2 Fleet introduced match racing, using a double elimination format, eight fleets duked it out. The racing was held in March, and a nasty front was moving through. The winds were 17 knots, gusting to over 20, making for interesting racing. Amazingly enough, there were no capsizes and no breakdowns. We did have some very tired sailors, though. Chuck Sinks won.

Another innovation that the Capri 14.2 fleet started in 1990 was the concept of making the Club Championship a spectator event, with a short course very close to the clubhouse. This turned out to be very popular, and that idea stuck. The date, however, has been since changed to late August, which makes for a calmer, albeit not as thrilling event!

Since the Capri 14.2 was considered a well-behaved, “generic” boat, it was used again for three more years, in ’91, ’93, and ’94. Lidos were used in ’92, ad CFJs in ’95, ’07 & ’09.

Remember, a gallery of cheering spectators helps to keep the fun in the effort, so come on down and enjoy the rare privilege of grandstand seating on deck, beach or lawn. No other yacht club in this area can offer such a view!

Mission Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) exists to perpetuate corinthian yacht racing, youth sailing, sportsmanship, nautical traditions, competitive sailing, fellowship of sailors, and honors Yachtsman, Yachtswoman.

MBYC Past Champions: 

2017 – David & Shane Tillson

2016 – David Tillson and Bill Hardesty

2015 – Keith Davids

2014 – Keith Davids

2013 – Kent Foster & Pam Fairley

2012 – Brandon Wallace & Marc Umemoto

2011 – Doug Hart & Ryan Hopps

2010 – Evan Hoffmann

2009 – Keith & Yvette Davids

2008 – Keith Davids & Kendal Wild

2007 – David Tillson & Skylar Lee

2006 – David Tillson, Nathaniel Fennell, Gus Wirth

2005 – Doug Hart

2004 – Doug Hart

2003 – Eric Kownacki

2002 – Eric Kownacki

2001 – Don Bedford

2000 – Doug Hart

1999 – Chris Snow

1998 – Chris Snow

1997 – Craig Leweck

1996 – Craig Leweck

1995 – Doug Hart

1994 – John Jackman

1993 – John Jackman

1992 – Scott Finkboner

1991 – Chuck Sinks

1990 – Kent Foster

1989 – Robin Gales

1988 – Scott Finkboner

1987 – Andy Elms

1986 – Kent Foster

1985 – John Jackman

1984 – George Sinks

1983 – Phil Smerdon

1982 – Rodger Janos

1981 – Harry Hecht

1980 – Bob Goggin

1979 – Dave Carroll

1978 – Bill Goldfarb

1977 – Carl Hultgren

1976 – Bob Goggin

1975 – Lew Bedford

1974 – David Wright III

1973 – Hal Brown, Sr.

1972 – Hal Brown, Sr.

1971 – Leonard Watkins

1970 – Debbie Brown

1969 – John Wilhoit

1968 – Paul Floyd

1967 – Brian Thomas

1966 – Kendal Wild

1965 – Brian Thomas

1964 – Brian Thomas

1963 – David Wright

1962 – Bill Atha

1961 – Van Vandegrift

1960 – Brian Chambers

1959 – Les Marshall

1952 – William Scott

1951 – David Carroll

1950 – C.C. Vandegrift

1949 – Tom Diamond

1948 – Alan Pirie

1947 – Prime Guerin

1946 – Carl Eichenlaub

1945 – Don Anderson

1944 – Dick Lough

1942 – F.Seth Brown

1941 – Billy Benton

1940 – John Biehl

1939 – Victor Benberg

1938 – Gene Rice

1937 – Gene Rice

1936 – Tom Scripps, Jr.

1934 – R.McLees

1933 – R.Sessions

1932 – J.Lumblade

1931 – R. Swartz

1930 – A.F.Landweer

1929 – J.P.Makoske

1928 – E.E.Robert