Nikhil & Elissa during competition at 2018 Sea Otter Regatta in Monterey, CA Nikhil & Elissa during competition at 2018 Sea Otter Regatta in Monterey, CA

Sea Otter Regatta Oct 12-13

Oct 12-13 is 2019 Sea Otter regatta hosted by Cal State University Monterey Bay. It’s Sato’s first PCISA Big5 regatta of the year. We’ll be sailing in the bay next to Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, with our team tent on the beach (black), and we’ll launch boats off the beach. Monterey here we come!

  • Important! All attendees need to read 2019 Sea Otter Reminders.
  • Please watch this post for other updates regarding Sea Otter regatta at Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club (MPYC).

Details and Updates

  • Lodging info
  • Regatta Links: Scoring and other important links
  • Spectating Location (maps)
  • MPYC Info
  • Weather & Wind info, and maybe more


Our team is spread out in hotels this year. Motel 6 in Monterey is where we’ll tow the boat on Friday. Others on the team are staying at nearby hotels.

Always check the navigation links, it’s updated before each regatta. Besides sidebar links, access Regatta Results, Rotations and more:

Spectating and Team Camps

We will launch and rotate from the beach just north of the Pier. Come help us setup our tent & chairs. Often the best place to watch the racing is at the end of the pier. Tents, awnings, chairs, banners, etc. are not allowed on the pier. Spectators only! Please keep walkways and roads clear and navigable at all times for all guests to the pier. Team Camps, tents, banners, etc. can be set up on the beach but PLEASE do not block access for the boats from the storage area to the water. Trash and recycling containers will be set up near the Beach House. Please walk up and use them, and don’t over-stuff the small trash containers near the bathrooms!

Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club

This is a very small (but really cool) clubhouse and basically we cannot all be inside at the same time. Each school should designate not more than a couple people to handle registration inside the club on Saturday morning. There are buckets just outside the entrance and everyone is asked to wash the sand off your feet before entering the club. The skippers meeting will occur just outside the club entrance in the open area between Sapporo Restaurant and the Yacht Club . Of age adults are welcome in the Club Bar. Competitors and coaches are encouraged to enjoy the free continental breakfast. Please clean up your area and make seating available to others when you are finished. Please use the public bathrooms at the beach.

Please, no loud music on the beach, and no offensive lyrics! Please leave dogs and other pets at home.

This regatta is really what sailing should be all about. Great competition on the water, great team building during the travel and while enjoying an awesome location, and a great opportunity to meet new people, see old friends and enjoy one of the world’s most storied destinations. Please enjoy, respect and remember! THANKS!

Wind & Weather

The following weather info is live data. That means any day before or after the race will list current conditions, instead of race conditions.

On your mobile device (website or app) works well. Nice customization of most wind models, tide, and wave forcasting, too. Here are some alternatives.

Windfinder: Monterey Peninsula Wharf 2

Monterey Peninsula Municipal Warf

Weekend Tide Info

Tide Info

Willy Weather

View on website

Planning for PCISA1: Sea Otter

Parents, lets coordinate travel. We might have extra kids or coming along hoping to learn and maybe even rotate. The car that tows boats will take at 7 - 8 hours (max speed of 55mph). At a minimum we’ll need to leave after school on Friday. Kids will need to hit the road right after the regatta on Sunday. It’ll be a rush on both sides to get on the road with boats.

There is an opportunity to leave early or stay late if anyone wants to tour Monterey Bay and/or Cal State Monterey Bay. This is especially true of upcoming PCISA Big5 events where colleges often host tours and practices on the Friday beforehand.

Monterey Bay