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Cal Team Race

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

 

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!


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