|Posted by William Larsen on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM|
I know we are really overdue for an update, but we have been really busy with some really cool stuff this quarter. So, here is a long overdue update on the teams recent exploits!
We started out our quarter with the Rose Bowl Intersectional Regatta in Long Beach. This was a huge regatta with 60 high schools teams and thirty college teams from all around the country. Saturday was light in the morning, but steadily built to a solid ten knots by the time 1:00 came around. Senior Brian Hoover, with crew Kate Andersen, went out and had some solid races throughout the day in A fleet. Sophomore Sam Heller, started in B fleet with Sophomore Kathryn Benight. As the day progressed Sophomore Nick Weis hopped in for Heller and finished the day in B fleet.
Sunday, we had a bit of drizzle in the morning, which had died off by first start leaving us with sunny Southern California skies. Senior William Larsen started the day sailing A fleet with Benight. The wind started out light, but quickly built to 13 knots. There were some big 90 degree shifts that made some of the races fairly interesting. Sam Heller started in B with Kate Andersen on Sunday. While the wind was very different from the usual Newport breeze, the Anteaters persevered and finished the day in 21st out of 30 teams.
This was a big warm up regatta and made the Anteaters realize that the competition in PCCSC was going to be much tougher. We would like to thank all of the alumni that came down to support us on the pier! Thanks, Jack Porter, Martha Davis, and Colin Averill!
Results can be found here.
This past weekend five Anteaters traveled to Hawaii to compete against schools throughout the country at the PJ Wenner Rainbow Invite. The wind was extremely frustrating with 30 degree shifts every race. The wind would also fluctuate between 15 and 0 knots. There were teams from all over the country including, a Japanese team, Sale Regina, University of Washington and a slew of teams from California.
Senior William Larsen started in A fleet with crew Daniel Diaz. Sam Heller started in B fleet withdrew Kate Andersen. After the first two races Nick Weis hopped into A fleet with Diaz. As the wind built Larsen hopped in to crew for Weis. After racing on Saturday Mr. Wenner, made dinner for all of the sailors.
Sunday started the same as Saturday with Weis starting in A fleet with Diaz. As the wind built Larsen went in for Diaz so that we could keep the boat a little flatter. The Anteaters finished 8th out of 13. Although, there were a few teams ahead of us most of those were duplicate teams, Salve had two teams sailing and Hawaii had three. So only four schools finished ahead of us: University of Washington (by only 5 points) CSULB, Hawaii, and Salve Regina.
We would give a huge thanks to our hosts, Fizz, Fuzz, and Leslie for letting us stay in their house for the weekend. The Wenner family also deserves a round of applause for cooking for us on Saturday afternoon. Finally, we would like to thank the Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation for their generous grant! Zot! Zot! Zot!
Results can be found here.
In Other News
The team recently bought new tillers for all of their boats! We received the tillers on Wednesday and are extremely excited to start practicing with them!
We are also in the process of organizing an Alumni regatta for the end of April. We will get a date out to you by the end of next week. So get ready for some awesome J-22 racing!