UCLA Sailing Team

North/South 2009
Jan 26 2010

Upon arriving at the El Capitan Campground on Friday night, the team was greeted with the task of pitching tents in the dark in a 25 knot northerly. Not surprisingly, the next morning the team woke up to two broken tent poles, some broken stakes, and a completely collapsed tent on top of JV skipper Milo Victor.

Expecting more of the same during the day, the cold and tired contingent of 24 sailors, 5 FJs, and 1 laser showed up to Santa Barbara Yacht Club only to find the wind had completely petered out. On the day, only 3 races were sailed in a dead or dying southwesterly in each division. This was the better day for B division’s Jasklowski and Woo Kawaguchi, whose best finish on the day was an 8th. Drew Morton’s back must have been hurting in the laser as he carried the team on that day with 8th, 11th, and 12th place finishes.

Not to be outdone by the previous night, winds on Saturday night again picked up to around 20, keeping everyone good and tired for the next day. Luckily, it’s not hard to find energy to sail when it’s sunny and 75 degrees with a steady helping of dolphins and 10 knots of breeze. Mark Anders and Neha Bazaj made the most of the ideal conditions in A division, winning a race, averaging a 6th on the day, and taking 7th place overall in A-division on the weekend. It’s safe to say that Mark’s back was hurting, as Jasklowski and Morton couldn’t get into much of a groove, not finishing much higher than mid fleet in any of the 8 races on the day. In the end UCLA took 11th in varsity.

UCLA made all kinds of noise in the JV fleet as well, highlighted by senior skipper Eric Dita scoring four 5th place finishes in B division and finishing 5th overall in B. Freshman skipper and crew pair Leo Daube and Emelia Pelliccio had a close encounter with a large seal, resulting in a capsize and the unfortunate loss of an 8th place position, their best of the weekend. All the freshman that made the trip deserve to be congratulated as they continue to improve throughout this young season. After a strong performance in A division, UCLA has high hopes for Rose Bowl, the next major intersectional in Long Beach in January.

Women’s PCCs
May 25 2009

Santa Barbara, CA

Women’s PCCs was sailed in Santa Barbara, hosted by UCSB, 9 teams attended. A division was sailed by Kelly Kephart and Joana Que with Shannon Walker as the alternate, B division was sailed by Carmen Bozina and Danielle Ryan with Shannon Walker as the alternate.

Saturday began in a light easterly and quickly built up to the low 20′s. Six races were completed in A and four in B, and most teams experienced at least one capsize. A division at the end of Saturday was in 3rd place, B division was in 6th. Overall the team was in 5th with only 5 points seperating 3rd to 6th place.

Sunday was sailed in light conditions 1-5 knots, 2 races were sailed in A and 4 in B. A division dropped to 4th place and B division finished in 5th. UCLA stayed in 5th place behind UCI and USC a mere 8 points out of qualifying for semi finals.

This regatta closes UCLA’s 2009 season.

South 5-6
Apr 3 2005

Santa Barbara, CA

By Sarah Lewis
South 5 and 6 were held in the beautiful Santa Barbara on where we were greeted with blue and sunny skies. Before the weekend’s fleet regattas, on Friday UCLA participated in a friendly team race competition along with UCSB, USCD, UCI, USC and Cal. Steady winds allowed us to complete a double round robin. UCI and USC tied for 1st with 7-1 leads each. On Saturday UCSD swept South 5 under USC’s and UCI’s feet (or shall we say fleet). On Sunday at South 6 races were cut short due to a dying wind, only allowing 3 races per division. Still USC ended the day with a 1st place finish. Both regattas UCLA achieved the 5th place we needed to secure a spot in PCIYRA District Championships. Thanks to Kelly and Lyzz for driving up the trailer!