|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
The Anteaters started the season off sending nine people to the first regatta of the year, Triton Open and Triton Frosh/Soph in Mission Bay. Our returning sailors, Brian MacLean and Philip Tagatac, skippered in Open with new and dedicated crews, Ali Sepasyar and Kate Bartley. They pulled off a solid sixth place out of twelve in very light wind with great practice in roll tacks and fine boat handling. Carrie Brewer and new and upcoming sailor Brian Dizon sailed their first regatta in the Frosh/Soph fleet. They powered through the rough conditions and got some great fleet racing practice. As the first regatta of the season, the weekend ended up being a perfect intro to college sailing for our incoming sailors as the races proved to be very demanding of boat handling where on-the-water tactics weren’t as vital to doing well. The weekend became a great opportunity for team bonding and everyone had a great time in San Diego. The team is looking forward to future regattas and improving everyone’s performance in the collegiate sailing arena. This was also our first event with our new full-time coach Matt Peter providing advice to our skippers. He proved valuable to the team and we also look forward to having him make significant improvements to the performance of our relatively green sailing team and we make a fresh start.
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on May 7, 2015 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
The Coed Pacific Coast Championship was held at Stanford on May 1st and 2nd. The wind was fair both days, averaging 10 to 15 knots, and steadily increased through the afternoon. Nick Weis and Daniel Diaz represented UC Irvine in varsity A fleet, coming in at 9th place. Sam Heller and Brian Maclean represented our school in varsity B fleet, coming in at 5th place. Overall, we came in 6th place, and had a great time sailing. On Sunday May 3rd, the Team Race Pacific Coast Championship was held at the same location. The wind condition was again averaging 10 to 12 knots. Nick Weis, Daniel Diaz, Sam Heller, Carrie Brewer, Brian Maclean, and Philip Tagatac represented the Anteaters, placing 8th overall in the event. This weekend also marks the end of the collegiate sailing careers of graduating seniors Nick, Sam, and Daniel. Their dedication and leadership have contributed to the success of this sailing team. We wish them luck in their future endeavors! Zot zot zot!
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 27, 2015 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
The PCCSC Women's Championship started off on Saturday, April 18, with light wind that built throughout the day and somewhat choppy conditions; on Sunday, the breeze picked up much faster, finishing up the rotations by early afternoon. Ellen Suder, Addie Whittet, Frances Liu, and MJ O'Neill represented the Anteaters, placing 11th in the A division and 12th in B. The event was a challenging but exciting experience for everyone.
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 21, 2015 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
In Cardinal (gold) we had skipper, Bryan MacLean with his crew Philip Tagatac. In White (silver) we had skippers: Nick Weis, Daniel Diaz, and Sam Heller, with their crews Addie Whittet, Robin Fales, and Carrie Brewer. Each team started out in FJ’s, followed by z420’s. We had heavy wind conditions the first day on Saturday, especially towards the end of the day. The next day was slower, as it took a few hours for the wind to fill in and we finished the remaining races. Anteaters came in 14th for Cardinal, and placed 1st, 2nd, and 14th in White. Overall, it was a successful and challenging weekend for the Anteaters, and we’re looking forward to coming back to Stanford for the PCCSC championships in the beginning of May! Stay tuned!
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 14, 2015 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Last weekend, the UC Irvine sailing team traveled all the way up to St. Francis Yacht Club based just east of the Golden Gate Bridge to sail in the St. Francis Invitational. The team battled 25-knot winds and extremely heavy current and waves in a very competitive fleet to pull out a sixth place overall out of 27, qualifying for Pacific Coast Championships. Nick Weis and Daniel Diaz fought hard in A-fleet sailing most of their races on Saturday in high winds with an ebbing current pulling off an outstanding ninth place. Samuel Heller skippering and Brian MacLean crewing ended up being a successful team in B-fleet finishing with a rewarding sixth place. Kourtney Roland also tagged along as our light-wind alternate. This regatta was a reminder to us, Newport sailors, of some of the more extreme conditions of college sailing and the values of being able to out-hike the competition. This was an amazing experience for the five of us that attended with it being the last time seniors Sam Heller, Nick Weis, and Daniel Diaz will sail at St. Francis in college sailing. We wish the best of luck to the team at PCCs and smooth sailing.
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 14, 2015 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
The Anteaters competed at the end of March in Long Beach in the South Designate Regatta. Saturday was a beautiful day in SoCal with temperatures in the 80s and consistent breeze; a perfect day for sailing. The courses consisted of single and double leeward windward legs. On Sunday temperatures dropped to a frigid 72 degrees by SoCal standards.
The Anteaters struggled to maintain advantage and pulled off a respectable effort. Sam Heller and Nicholas Weis skippered A division with their crew Daniel Diaz. In B Division Freshman Brian MacLean skippered with crew Philip Tagatac. Thank you to USC for hosting this regatta.
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 2, 2015 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Last weekend (February 14th - 15th), the Anteaters hosted the Anteater Open in our home port of Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Varsity Seniors Nick Weis and Sam Heller took on the role of race committee while we sent three A teams and two B teams to participate in the regatta. Saturday turned out to be extremely light wind requiring expert boat handling and good starts. There was a bit more wind on Sunday but the shifty and puffy conditions put both the race committee and the sailors to the test. Sailors rotated off of a floating dock providing great viewing of the races and amazing coaching from John Olson. In A division we had Brian MacLean and Nicholas Prendergast finishing in the top five and Daniel Diaz, Robin Fales, Addie Whittet, and Carrie Brewer getting excellent practice in college racing. In B we had Philip Tagatac and Ellen Suder skippering. Overall, the Anteaters placed in tenth in eight races.
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on January 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
The Anteaters ventured south to Mission Bay this past weekend for the Jeff Simon Memorial Regatta which hosted 8 schools, all divided up into a total of 22 teams for each A and B fleet. We had 16 sailors divided into 8 pairs of skippers and crews. Nick W., James H., Sam H., and Brian M. all skippered A fleet with their respective crews Deanne B., Hazel M., Kourtney R., and Nick P..Daniel D., Ellen S., Philip T., and Addie W. skippered B fleet with their respective crews Robin F., Carrie B., Frances L., and Mary Jane O. Light wind plagued the sailing conditions for the weekend, making for some slow sailing, and not to mention a bit of paddling (like I said, very light wind). Four races were completed on Saturday, while only three races were completed on Sunday due to even lighter wind conditions. Overall, the Anteaters sailed well, placing in 8th, 12th, 13th, and 16th. The light wind made for some challenging sailing but also led to great learning opportunities and skill sharpening, especially for some of the new sailors. We look forward to hosting our next regatta in Newport, February 14-15. Smooth sailing all and stay tuned!
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on January 12, 2015 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
The Anteaters traveled to Long Beach for the first regatta of 2015. Saturday started out with light breeze from the south so racing was postponed until 12:30 when the breeze started to fill in. Conditions were light and shifty for the first set, but steadily improved through out the day. Nick Weis and Deanne Buckman sailed A and Sam Heller and Kathryn Benight sailed B. Racing was very tight on the all-varsity course with teams from across they in attendance. Four races for both A and B were completed on Saturday and the team wrapped up the day in 14th place out of 30 teams. Sunday’s racing conditions were pretty similar to Saturday’s with light and shifty wind in the morning that grew to a steady sea breeze. Another four races were sailed for each division and the team maintained its position to finish 14th overall. All in all, it was a pretty good start to another year of sailing and the team is looking forward to their next competition in a few weeks!
|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
The Anteaters trekked up to Santa Barbara on November 15th for a weekend of sailing. 16 sailors made the journey, many of them excited to participate in their first regatta! The team finished 15th out of 24 teams overall. Nick W. skippered for Varsity A with Deanne B. as his crew. Brian MacLean skippered for Varsity B with Dominick B. and Philip T. taking turns as crew. James H. skippered for Varsity C with Addie W. as his crew. Philip T., Daniel D., and Nick K. skippered for Junior Varsity. Hunter B., Kourtney R., Carrie B., Nick P., Mary Jane O., and Hassan B. all rotated as crews for Junior Varsity. Saturday started off nicely but the wind quickly died out at around 2:30 and the race committee decided to call it a day. Sunday was a much more fun day of sailing, with stronger winds than were experienced on Saturday. New sailors were able to try out some hiking skills! All in all, 21 races were scored. Both our old sailors and our new had a great time, and the new sailors were excited to see how a regatta operates! We all look forward to our next event!