San Francisco, CA
St Francis is typically a high wind regatta that sees winds from 17 to 30 knots. This year that was not the case. Saturday racing was postponed due to a lack of wind and a huge current. Racing finally started around 1:30 in about 7 knots the wind increased to a high of 13 knots, 6 A division races were sailed and 4 B division races were sailed. Sunday saw much of the same conditions with a current that made it impossible to sail 4 B division rotations were finished and 2 A division races were finished. In these tough conditions in a 32 boat fleet UCLA finished 21st overall, 24th in A division and 19th in B division.
In A division races 1-6 were sailed by Kelly Kephart and Joana Que, races 7-8 were sailed by Shannon Walker and Tatsuma Woo-Kawaguchi.
B division races 1-2, 5-8 were sailed by Carmen Bozina and Danielle Ryan, races 3-4 were sailed by Carmen Bozina and Oscar Jasklowski.
Alex Adams was also in attendance as an alternate.
Thanks so much to recent alumni Steph Spilker and Steph Adams for coming out to watch and support us.
Also thank you to the Ryan’s who continuously provide wonderful food for our hungry sailors and to the Bozinas who open their home and also provide wonderful food to our team anytime we are in the area. We really do appreciate all of the support we get from UCLA parents =)
Coed PCCs will be sailed next weekend also at St Francis, so this weekend was hopefully good practice for that, if the conditions stay the same.
Long Beach, CA
With two team race regattas under our belts this year UCLA went to the US Sailing Center in Long Beach March 28-29. Cal State Team race is the qualifier for Team Race PCCs in April the top 6 teams from this regatta qualify for PCCs. 8 teams competed in the event UCI, Stanford, USC, CMA, UCSB, Cal, UCLA, and Chapman. 2 round robins were sailed with all 8 teams then the teams were split into a top and bottom 4 with the top 4 teams (Stanford, UCI, USC, CMA) going to PCCs and the bottom 4 teams (UCSB, UCLA, Cal, Chapman) battling it out for the last 2 spots. After the first 2 round robins UCLA was in 6th place beating Cal once and Chapman twice. UCLA then moved onto the final bottom 4 where we lost to UCSB and beat Cal and Chapman on the water. After several protests were heard between UCLA and Chapman, 12 points were added to UCLAs scores and the scores for the bottom three teams UCLA, Cal, and Chapman were brought to a tie breaker that couldn’t be broken by who beat who. The points were then counted putting Cal in 6th place with 62 points UCLA in 7th place with 68 points and Chapman in 8th place with 71 points. UCLA did not qualify for Team Race PCCs but had a lot of experience with the protest room and learned that that is not the place races should be decided, we now know if in doubt we should do the circle to avoid a he said she said debate.
Skippers for this regatta were Kelly Kephart, Oscar Jasklowski, and Billy Edwards, crews were Joana Que, Danielle Ryan, Corey Rovzar, and Tatsuma Woo-Kawaguchi.
Congrats to Billy for sailing in his first Varisty regatta and to Corey for sailing in her first college regatta!!!
great job guys =)
Redwood City, CA
The McIntyre team included skippers Kelly Kephart, Carmen Bozina, and Oscar Jasklowski, crews included Joana Que, Danielle Ryan, and Tatsuma Woo-Kawaguchi.
Saturday teams sailed in light winds for about 6 races before the Stanford basin glassed over, teams waited for the breeze until about 3 and continued sailing in about 12 knots until 6:30 racing was followed by an umpire debrief and a dinner at Sequoia Yacht Club. 34 races of the first round robin were finished on Day 1. The end of the round robin was finished on Sunday morning in light winds splitting the fleet into a top 6 and bottom 4. Top 6 teams included UCI, Stanford, USC, Navy, UH, and Washington College. A consolation round was also sailed for the bottom 4 UCSB, UCLA, UW, and UCSD. The conselation round was sailed in 420s UCSD did not sail because of injury we raced UW and won then raced UCSB once for the round robin and despite a close race lost one. We then raced UCSB again for more practice and they were victorious again. This regatta was a very good learning experience for all, it really pays to sail against teams that know how to team race so we can get some real on the water experience.
It was also nice to meet a UCLA Alumni, Kevin Richards who was working with the umpire team for this event.
Thanks so much to recent Alum Steph Spilker who kept us all organized and energized with boat rotations and food runs. Thanks are also in order for the Ryan family who provided wonderful food for the regatta and the Bozinas for hosting us all at their house.