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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!

St. Francis Intersectional

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This weekend (March 29th and 30th) we sent a team to St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco to compete in the St. Francis Intersectional regatta. Sam skippered in Varsity A with Kathryn crewing while Nick skippered Varsity B with Kate. Both days of the regatta there was heavy current, around 4.5 knots flooding and ebbing. The first day of the regatta there was variable winds and heavy rain. A total of 8 races were run on Saturday with 4 in A and 4 in B. There was a 3-hour postponement due to no wind for the first set of the B races, but later the wind picked up again and B sailed their first set and then A sailed their second set. The wind shut off again for the B’s second set but was enough to get two more races in before the end of the day. 


Sunday there was much better weather (no rain!) and a lot more wind. There were a total of 5 races run for each rotation on Sunday. Both Varsity A and B teams ended with a total of 99 points each, with an overall score of 198 and 10th place out of 29 teams. It was a great racing weekend and beautiful venue. Full results can be seen here: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/st-francis-interconference/full-scores/

 

Harbor Cup

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

McIntyre Team Race

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend (March 1st and 2nd) we sent our Varsity team to the McIntrye Team Race hosted by Stanford. Kate, Sam and Nick skippered with Mahmoud, Kathryn, and Deanne crewing.

 

Racing started right away Saturday morning because there was a good amount of wind. From there, racing continued at a fast pace almost the entire day. Rotations were back to back; our team was constantly on the water with little down time. Racing continued at this pace on Sunday as well. By the end of the weekend we had completed two round robins.

 



The wind was strong for most of the morning on both Saturday and Sunday but became more variant as the day went on. Changes in the wind speed caused a few races to be postponed and in one instance we were towed back to the dock mid-race when the wind completely died. Rain also came and went throughout the weekend.

 

The team had a lot of fun and the event was a definite learning experience. While we improved on our team racing skills throughout the weekend, there is still a lot of room for growth.

Cal Team Race

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 

This past weekend (March 1st and 2nd) we sent our JV Anteater team to compete

in Cal Team Race at Treasure Island. James, Ellen, and Bridget skippered

while Keith (first regatta!) and our lovely friends from UCSD, Alex and

Yuhui, crewed. The lot of us have had minimal team racing experience, so we

did our best to start well, sail fast, and roll with the punches--er, mark

traps. After each race we discussed what we could have done better to help

each other out or avoid being trapped by the other team.

 

 

Light rain came and went, but the wind was probably the

most interesting weather element. On Saturday it was notorious for coming

in then dying out--leaving us nearly drifting through the majority of one

race and postponing others. During another race the wind shifted over 100

degrees--we found ourselves on close haul towards our "downwind" mark! On

Sunday the wind was stronger and steadier, more of what we were expecting

from the Bay Area. None of us capsized, but one of us may be guilty of

converting our boat to a bathtub. Could we borrow a bailer?


 

Though in most races we got our boats handed to us, we

defeated UCSD's team by securing the 1,2 with our "sail fast" tactic,

despite the fact that we had the enemy crewing for us. Victory was fresh,

delicious, and short-lived (we didn't want to be greedy). Overall the

weekend was a fun learning experience--now let's see if we can get some

more boats on the water at practice to develop our team racing skills! Zot

zot!


South 3/4 Regatta

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 4, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday February 22nd and Sunday the 23rd were the South 3 and 4 regattas, both hosted at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.  On both days, sailors rotated off a floating dock in the harbor between races, providing an up-close (if crowded) view of every race when we weren’t sailing.The weather both days was pleasant, but Saturday was fairly light, with a postponement in the morning and at least one race abandoned when the wind died completely. Even so, each division managed five races, and our varsity teams placed eighth out of twenty-one teams.  South 4 on Sunday brought somewhat stronger and much more consistent wind, and both divisions got in six races.  Varsity placed ninth out of twenty teams.  Full scores for Saturday can be found here: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/south-3/ and for Sunday here: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s14/south-4/.

 

 


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