Mayday got its start as an international distress call in 1923. It was made official in 1948. It was the idea of Frederick Mockford, a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. He came up with the idea for mayday because it sounded like the French word m’aider, which means help me.

Although not a mayday situation, skippers need help in finding crew for their boats for the Taco Tuesday Series, which starts May 15. More crew available means more BCYC boats can compete in our signature series. Leave your message on the Skipper/Crew Form found on the BCYC website under the racing tab.

Also, on the website are the Notices of Race for the Leukemia Cup Regatta and the new Around the Oil Islands Race.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a two-day event with PHRF ocean racing on Saturday and Harbor 20 bay racing on Sunday. Register even if you don’t know how to race. Hint – just follow the lead boat. More boats mean more donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Just sail for the cure!

Around the Oil Islands is a new race open to PHRF, Maxi and all-female crewed boats. We expect competitors from Long Beach, Dana Point and San Diego, so register early. This will be a fun 27-mile race. We paid the wind tax in advance, so it should be a perfect day. Of course, the post-race party will be fun…they always are.

Speaking of the BCYC Racing website, check out photos of the winners of the Bogart Series. Congratulations to Director Stuart Leigh for winning best overall Class B, best overall BCYC skipper and best overall for the entire series! Rumor has it he had to rent a truck to cart all of the trophies home.

Sail Fleet Captains, Don White and Paul DeCapua