UCLA Sailing Team

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.

Florida USF Women’s Regatta
Mar 3 2009

The women’s team went to sail in Tampa bay 2/21-2/22 for the USF Women’s Intersectional. This was our first east coast regatta and hopefully it can continue as a tradition. Kelly Kephart and Joana Que sailed all races in A division finishing 6th, with 4 bullets over the course of the weekend. Carmen Bozina and Danielle Ryan sailed B division all of Saturday and half of Sunday Shannon Walker and Anna Schoenbrunner sailed the other half of Sunday’s races, we finished 6th in B fleet as well. After a long two days of racing, both fleets on the water 18 races for each fleet we ended up finishing in 6th place. It was awesome to sail against some really competitive women’s teams that we haven’t had the chance to race in the past.

Thanks so much to the Browns who funded this trip, it would not have been possible without your support.

Bryson Women’s
Oct 5 2008

Redwood City, CA

The women’s team sailed this weekend at the Stanford sailing center in Redwood City with 10 teams attending the event a record number of women’s teams for the pacific coast district.

Saturday got pretty windy varying between 5 and 15kts, the conditions were shifty and puffy and we started the morning with a slight rain that lifted by early afternoon. Both divisions sailed 10 races.
In A division we had Captain Kelly Kephart sailing with Shannon Walker for the races 1-6, 9,10 and sailing with Anna Schonbrunner for races 7,8. These new pairings focused on getting more comfortable sailing together and ended up taking 5th in A division.
In B division we had Carmen Bozina sailing with Danielle Ryan races 1-8. The pair were happy to be sailing together again as they dominated the afternoon with two bullets and two seconds. Shannon Walker with Danielle Ryan sailed races 9,10. Shannon new to sailing in women’s varsity events pulled out two very respectable 6ths. B division managed to finish fourth.
UCLA lady bruins also finished 4th overall in the Brysons women’s regatta

Sunday Stanford hosted a 2×2 team racing clinic. This informal event allowed all of the women’s teams to help each other learn team racing rules and tactics. All 5 women, Captain Kelly Kephart, Shannon Walker, Anna Schonbrunner, Carmen Bozina, and Danielle Ryan sailed in varying combinations and were able to work together to make some good moves and learn some strategies from mistakes that were better made here than in a qualifying regatta.

We also want to give a huge thanks to Matt Sirignano a recent UCLA alumni who was generous enough to volunteer his time to coach our team and share what he has learned throughout his sailing career.

In addition we would like to thank another recent UCLA alumni Steph Spilker who kept us all well fed and kept the team moral high with some sailing advice of her own.

We are so proud of the job these girls did this weekend keep up the good work :)