With 4 boats, 17 sailors, and 1 cheerleader in Billy “BoomStacks” Edwards (who is red-shirting this fall to save eligibility for a super-senior season) the UCLA Sailing team made a bigger entrance to the annual intersectional regatta than the Blue Angels that were flying overhead.
Sailing began according to schedule on Saturday morning, with a shifty 6-9 knot breeze filling in from the west. “It’s hard out there. Boats are making both sides work. Roll for the instantaneous wind, not the average, because it’s really puffy,” coached captain and A division skipper Mark Anders as he handed B-division crew and fellow senior Tatsuma-Woo Kawaguchi the bailor. Following a solid A-division rotation, junior skipper Oscar Jasklowski’s nerves seemed to be getting to him as he limped across the line in 17th in both of his first two races. “I really shat the bed on that rotation. And that late 70′s FJ wasn’t helping me out either,” muttered a frustrated Jasklowski as he handed to boat off to a UC Irvine Anteater. In JV, senior skipper Eric Dita and crew Taryn Aguiar came out flying and bangin’ corners with a couple of 6th place finishes. Junior skipper Drew Morton and sophomore crew Lea Cohen were not far behind in 9th.
As the day progressed, the wind picked up to a solid 12 knots for the second rotation and a blustery 17 knots for the third. Perhaps the highlight of the regatta came during Anders’ and senior crew Neha Bazaj’s second rotation, when they finished 4th, and subsequently 1st. Booyah. Considering this is Anders’ first regatta in almost a full year, not too shabby. With stronger winds and a focusing pep-talk from BoomStacks, Jasklowski appeared to have gained some confidence after reeling in a 4th place finish. The building wind didn’t phase Drew Morton or his tree-trunk quads as he hiked his way into 7th in JV-A on the day.
Sunday’s 10a.m. report time seemed to catch Anders off guard, as he had some teammates ready to go by 9a.m. Sunday’s breeze started off much stronger than Saturdays, with puffs up to 15 knots, but gradually died as the day progressed until the final signal start around 4p.m. After taking a shroud to the face and bleeding all over an Oregon FJ, varsity B-division crew Woo-Kawaguchi was on fire spotting puffs and shifts, finishing near the top of the fleet five races in a row. A great day in B-division was marred by a disqualification in the last race for being over early. Sounds like Jasklowski needs to look up at his sail number more often. Morton continued his consistent sailing, and Sophomore skipper Andrew Segal torched some opponents in B-division with 4 top 10 finishes on the weekend.
On behalf of the UCLA Sailing team, we would like to give a big thanks to Mark Anders’ family and Richard Fuller’s sister for giving us a place to sleep, eat, and warm up after the cold conditions. Also, new crews Erin Riley, Linda Wennerstrom, Carly Olenick, and Ingrid Shin deserve a special congratulations for braving the cold in the little gear they had. We hope to see them back for Frosh Soph in Mission Bay on October 17th.