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UCSD Open/Frosh-Soph

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM Comments 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.


Co-ed Pacific Coast Championship

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on May 7, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments 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!


 

Cardinal Invite

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 21, 2015 at 8:25 PM Comments 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!


St. Frances Invite

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 14, 2015 at 6:10 PM Comments 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.

South Designate Regatta

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 14, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments 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.

 

Fall PCC's

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments 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!

Stoney Burke Regatta - October 18th and 19th

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 20, 2014 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Anteaters started off their season with a trip up to Treasure Island for the Stoney Burke Regatta hosted by Berkeley. Team president Nicholas W. sailed Varsity A with crew Deanne B., while Varsity B was sailed by Sam H. and his crew Daniel D.. Brian M. sailed JV A with crew Dominic B. and JV B was sailed by James H. and crew Mykha P. The Anteaters were excited for some windy NorCal sailing but San Francisco had other things in mind. Saturday had clear skies and barely any wind until the afternoon. Luckily when the wind picked up it turned into a steady 7-8 knot breeze with gusts from 12-15 knots. The anteaters got some good races in. Sunday was a similar scenario with races postponed for 3 hours. Around 1230 the wind filled in and we had a steady 10-15 knot westerly. There were 46 boats at Stoney Burke and the Anteaters were excited by the many close races they had. Varsity A finished 17th and Varsity B finished 7th. JV also did well with JV A finishing 9th after a tie-breaker and JV B finishing 12th. Overall the Anteaters did well and and cant wait to see what will be in store for them at their next regatta in Santa Barbara. Stay Tuned…

PCCSC Champs in Hawaii

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on May 6, 2014 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Last weekend (April 26th and 27th) we brought five Varsity sailors to Hawaii to compete in PCC Champs. Sam skippered in A with Kathryn and Kate crewing, and Nick skippered in B with Deanne as his crew. The weather was hot and muggy, but nothing too extreme. Saturday was a very long day of sailing; the wind had a base of about 15-18mph with 22-25mph gusts. It was very shifty the entire day. It was pretty windy, but the warm water and weather made it a bit more bearable, despite the fatigue of heavy wind sailing. There were 8 races for A fleet and 6 for B fleet; Kathryn crewed the first and last rotations with Sam, with Kate crewing the middle two and Deanne crewed all six.

 


Manoa Waterall Hike
The team left SoCal early Thursday morning to hang out on the beach and do somehiking and sightseeing before racing that weekend.

Sunday started out light and rainy in the morning, with B fleet going out first. They sat on the water for a while until the wind picked up. Kathryn and Deanne sailed the rest of the day with their respective skippers. Both Sam and Nick did much better on Sunday than Saturday, finishing 4th and 5th respectively in the last races. There were12 races for each fleet, and 24 total races run throughout the weekend. It was a tiring but enjoyable weekend of racing, and we ended up in 9th out of 12 overall. You can see results here: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/pccsc-coed/


South 5

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend (April 12th, and 13th) marked the South 5 Designate

Regatta. We sent a team packing lots of Zot out to the Long Beach Yacht

Club where USC was hosting the event. On Saturday, Varsity B was skippered

by Sam with Kathryn crewing. In Varsity A, there was Nick skippering with

Deanne as crew. In JV team A, there was Kate skippering with Daniel as

crew. In JV team B, there was James skippering with Asher as crew. Sunday

had almost the same teams, with the exceptions of Philip skippering and

Daniel crewing in JV team B. In JV, team A also had the change of Kate

crewing for Nick. Saturday was a hot, sunny, and sunscreen filled day. The

ride from the yacht club out to the pier was very long and it took quite

some time for the race committee to get things started. This was partly due

to the Congressional Cup that was taking place in the same

area. It was high winds all day, which made for perfect sailing. There was

also a considerable amount of chop, which made this So Cal regatta feel a

little bit like a Bay area regatta.




Sunday was more of a relaxed day. Much more overcast than Saturday, but it

burned off in the early afternoon. The wind and waves had calmed down and

made for considerably easier sailing. Each team sailed two sets and called

it a day. The Anteaters ended up placing 6th and securing their spot to the

upcoming PCC Champs in Hawaii.

Women's PCC Champs

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend, April 5-6, the Anteaters sent a mighty team

of four to Women's PCCs in Santa Barbara. The team rose bright and early in

Irvine Saturday morning by 0600 and was out in the Santa Barbara sun (fun

fact: same sun as in Irvine) and on the water by 1030. The A team then

promptly sat on that water until 1200 while the wind took its sweet time

settling in. The teams got to sail fresh new boats with brand new sails and

did rotations off ribs (rigid-inflatable boats). Now, before we get into

the scores I should warn you, because one of our more experienced female

skippers could not attend, our usually-JV skippers got bumped up into

varsity for this regatta! The competition was tough, but we sailed our best

and learned lots (such as always approach the rotation rib from leeward to

avoid decapitating passengers with your boom).



 

Bridget and Kathryn sailed A; Ellen and Deanne sailed B. Twelve

teams competed in total, and our Ant-ladies most commonly came in at 9th

place, and scored 10th overall, closely trailing UC San Diego. Two fun

abnormalities colored the weekend: a turtle and a bullet. The former

occurred as the B team was out on the water between races and a sundowner

approached unannounced from the East. Ellen and her crew were caught off

guard and capsized, as did some other boats in the fleet. The struggle to

return the boat to its upright condition was treacherous, and a pinnie was

lost in the battle. It will be missed.

 

About midday Sunday, team A was setting up for a start much

like any other. The start was good and the wind was reasonable; everything

seemed about normal until Bridget and Kathryn looked around and exclaimed

to each other, "My golly, are we in 3rd right now?" as they neared the

windward mark. Exciting it was indeed, but not too exciting, as the race

was young and they were sure they would fall back some by the end. But

alas, as they found themselves approaching the windward mark for a second

and final time, something beautiful happened: "...Did Stanford just tack in

behind us?" By some magical force of the gods, they were actually in first

place with just one leg to go.

 

And so began the most suspenseful downwind leg of Bridget's and

Kathryn's sailing careers: half their minds on holding the wing-on-wing as

perfectly as possible, the other halves keeping constant tabs on the

closely trailing Stanford and Hawaii teams. The teams approached the finish

line and turned their attentions expectantly to the committee boat,

listening for the whistle that would end the suspense...and off it

went--with UC IRVINE IN FIRST ACROSS THE FINISH LINE! HUZZAH! ZOT ZOT!

Bridget excitedly uttered obscenities in disbelief and many a high-five was

exchanged.

 

So, all in all, a very good weekend filled with lots of

practice and some fun surprises. Thanks for reading! Check in next week to

hear of the Anteater adventures in Long Beach!