view:  full / summary

South 1/2 Regatta

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on February 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Rose Bowl Regatta

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on January 13, 2014 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Last weekend (Jan. 4 & 5) the UCI Sailing Team sent their Varsity team up to Long Beach for the 29th Annual Rose Bowl Regatta. Sam Heller skippered Varsity A with crew Kathryn Benight and Nick Weis skippered Varsity B with crew Kate Anderson. James Heller accompanied them on Saturday to cheer them on.

Saturday was an extremely light and boring day; Varsity A fleet sat on the water for about three hours until the first race started. Only three races were run that day, two A fleet and one B fleet race. On Sunday, race committee let the sailors hang out on the beach and pier until the wind filled in (only a little bit) around noon. The wind picked up for a bit while A fleet was sailing their second set, but then died when B fleet returned for their last set.

Picture of Saturday's racing wrapping up for the day. (Taken by Kathryn)

In the end, Varsity sailed a total of eight races A and B combined and we placed 23rd out of 26 teams. Full results and scores from the regatta can be found here:


PCC Fall Dinghy Champs

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This weekend (Nov. 16 & 17) the UCI Sailing Team went up to Santa Barbara to participate in PCC Fall Championships. We brought thirteen sailors to fill our Varisty A, B, and C fleets as well as one JV fleet. It was the first time we sailed our new boats, “3705” and “Lake Minetonka.”


Varsity A was sailed by skipper Sam Heller and crew Kathryn Benight, Varsity B was sailed by first-time Varsity skipper Kate Anderson and crew Paul Traverso, Varisty C was sailed by new skipper Bridget Steiner and crew Daniel Diaz. In JV, we had James Heller and Ellen Suder skippering A and B fleets, respectively, and crews Deanne Buckman, Hassan Bouholaigah, Shan Wu, Philip Tagatac, and Blake Terry rotating every race.


Saturday started and ended off a bit light, but in the middle of the day the wind filled in and we were able to get lot of races in. At the end of Saturday as James was sailing in with Hassan, the jib halyard snapped. Unfortunately, we were unable to replace it for the rest of the weekend. Since JV was unable to sail on Sunday they watched and cheered for our Varisty teams on the water.


In the end, Varsity fleet sailed a total of 12 races and JV sailed 6 races. Overall we placed 19th out of 21 teams in Varsity. Despite the not-so-great results, everyone had an awesome time and learned a lot in the process.

PCCSC Match Race Championship

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

After months of anticipation and practice in the UCI J22's, Match Race qualifiers finally arrived this past weekend, hosted by CMA up in Vallejo. Skipper Sam Heller, middle man James Heller, and bow Kate Andersen headed up late Friday afternoon to the Bay Area, ready for some racing. One of the few schools with a crew of only 3 people, we felt confident in our boat handleing and ability to compete after a several practices and races with the help of many alumni.

After our Saturday morning weigh in, we were one of two teams be sitting out for the first few flights of the the round robin, as we had 6 J22s for 8 teams to compete in. We weren't complaining we watched the teams struggle to make it up the race course for over an hour, only 2 of 6 boats made it around the windward mark due to a heavy flood tide and lack of wind. There was a great amount of chearing when the races were finally called, and favorable conditions built throughout the day as the current shifted and wind improved. We completed 9 of the 10 flights of the first stage of the event, with record of 2 wins (against Cal and UCSD) and 4 losses (CSULB, USC, CMA, & Hawaii) at the end of Saturday. We went into Sunday in 6th place out of 8 teams, with Stanford our only challenger left. 

Enjoying our extra hour of sleep due to day light savings, we arrived ready and rested to take on the last race of the stage Sunday morning, that would most likely determine how we placed in the regatta. As anticipated, the previous morning's conditions were repeated, but we had already watched so many struggle that we had an idea of how to face the current and wind battle by overshooting lay lines by a mile and going into the starboard windward mark rounding with speed. About an hour of back and forth up wind against who was in the lead with us and Stanford, we barley made it to lay line ahead of our opponents to the final windward mark (after having rounded the leeward in 2nd), with an awesome kite set as we rounded to secure our lead, finishing just seconds before Stanford did. Since we weren't qualified to continue in the final four of the event, we were all very excited to end the regatta with a final win against the top team from our district, Stanford being the final regatta winners. We ended up finishing 5th place in the overall event out of 8, with a record of 3 wins and 4 losses, something we were all very happy with considering the strong competition we were going against. 

Contrats to Stanford, and good luck representing PCCSC at Match Race Nationals in Florida in a few weeks! Thanks to CMA for hosting, the Heller & Andersen families for hosting some anteaters, and all those awesome alumni (shout out to Payson Infelise and Brian Hoover!) who helped us get as far as we did in this event. Another big thanks to NHYC Sailing Foundation for their support in funding this event for the team!

Next week: ANTEATER REGATTA at NHYC! Come hang out with some high schoolers and run some races, and the following weekend we are sending 15 sailors up to Santa Barbara for Fall Champs! ZOT ZOT ZOT. 

Women's PCC's & Men's Single-handed Qualifiers

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on October 29, 2013 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This weekend (Oct. 26 & 27) was a double regatta weekend for the Anteaters hosted by USC/US Sailing Center, racing off of Belmont Pier in Long Beach. We had four ladies compete in Women's PCC's: Kate Andersen skippered for Kathryn Benight in A fleet, while Ellen Suder and Bridget Steiner each took a day of skippering and crewing in B fleet. Nick Weis represented UCI in the Men's Singlehanded qualifiers as well.

There were 9 teams in total for women's, and it was a strong group of girls racing from schools all over California. With a slow start to the breeze filling in each day, it was a true test of our light wind sailing and patience as we made it around the long race course. Saturday racing ended up with a 90 degree wind shift during the last set of races, changing everyone's game plan they had developed throughout the day for previous wind patterns. Sunday breeze didn't hold well until the final races, and in the end it was only a 7 race regatta for each fleet. Kate and Kathryn placed 5th in A fleet, while Ellen and Bridget placed 7th in B for an overall 6th place finish. Good job ladies!

Nick did was very consistent all weekend and placed 9th out of 15 boats, zot zot zot!!!

Next up, Sam, James, and Kate head up to Vallejo for Match Race PCC's hosted by CMA in J22's!!

Stoney Burke Regatta

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on October 29, 2013 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend (Oct. 19 & 20) the UCI sailing team went up to Treasure Island for our first norcal regatta of the year. We brought 10 sailors, old and new, some of which it was their first regatta.


Saturday started out light with A on the water for almost 2 hours drifting around before they could get their first race off. Finally, the wind filled in, building to about 15 knots in the afternoon, and 5 races were sailed in each division. Sunday looked like it was going to start very similar to Saturday but the fog burned off quickly and the wind was steady throughout the day. Four races were sailed in each division on Sunday, getting the last race in B started seconds before the time limit!


Varsity A was sailed by skipper Nick Weis and crews Shan Wu and Philip Tagatac. Varsity B was sailed by skipper Sam Heller and crew Kathryn Benight, who placed fifth in their division and even won one of their races! JV A was sailed skipper Kate Andersen, who skippered her first coed regatta in two years and B was skippered by Ellen Suder, one of our strong upcoming skippers. Blake Terry, Paul Traverso, Mahmoud Sharif, all took turns crewing in JV.


Overall we placed 14th out of 27 in varsity and 13th out of 17 in JV. Everyone learned a lot, had a great time, and looking forward to our next regatta. Scores can be found at .


Congrats to the University of Hawaii for winning the event. Thanks to the CAL sailing team for hosting an awesome regatta and to all the bay area parents who gave us more food than we knew what to do with and housing for the weekend!

Frosh/Soph Regatta

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on October 29, 2013 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A full weekend (Oct. 5 & 6) of racing began Saturday morning when returning sailors Daniel Diaz, Ellen Suder, Finn Sheehan, Kathryn Benight and James Heller took to the water with new sailors Sean Wu and Paul Traverso. Only first and second year sailors are allowed to compete, making the regatta an ideal experience-building event. Saturday saw plenty of sunshine and heat with a nice consistent breeze, making it easy for returning skippers Ellen and James and first time skipper Daniel to navigate the course. Finn, Kathryn, Sean and Paul rotated through the crew positions, with first-timers Sean and Paul quickly learning racing strategy in true sink-or-swim fashion. Sunday began with lighter wind, though it did fill in the afternoon. With more time on the water, everyone showed great improvement in tactics and boat handling. For a regatta designed to introduce new sailors to racing, it was an absolute success.

Welcome Week & Match Racing

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on October 3, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The new school year has officially begun and the UCI sailing team is already hard at work! It is only week 1, and we have already have several events under our sleeve...

A few weekends ago, Sept 21-22, Skipper Sam Heller, middle man James Heller, and bow Kate Andersen headed down to San Diego before week 0 even began for the Autumn Match Race Invite at SDYC. There we sailed against a team from USC, CSULB, some club members, and even one of our favorite alumni, Rex Cameron. It was our first regatta together as a match racing team, and it definitely showed. In a couple weeks we have match race PCC's, so this was the perfect platform for us to practice and see how well we work together, how well we understand match racing, and point out some very obvious factors as a boat that we need to work on. We went in with a few goals for the weekend -- win a few starts, win a race, and get some sweet pictures to update the website with. We proudly completed all of these goals. Although we finished 6th out of 6 teams who competed, we won 2 of our matches, and were leading the race off the starting line in several races. Throughout the weekend our kite work improved immensely, and everything throughout the boat was ten times more smooth then when we began. And we even won the ship shape/best cleaned boat award to finish off the weekend strong! 

The following day, the team hung out in Aldrich Park all day with an FJ and a table for the Anteater Involvent Fair. There we got about 150 email sign ups of students interested in joining the team, and about 40 new members showed up to an intro/fun-day sail we had the following Saturday to see what the team is all about! We have spent the last couple days doing a little more boothing on Ring Road on campus, and found a few more solid members to join our crew. We are all very pleased with the success of recruitment for Fall 2013 so far, especailly after loosing some of our favorite members to the REAL WORLD when they graduated this past spring. We will be starting open practices to new members next week, and continuing our regular Monday meetings at 5:30pm at the ARC in the Team Room each week. This weekend we are sending several of our returning team members down to Frosh/Soph regatta at MBYC hosted by the UCSD team, and coming up quickly is Stoney Burke Regatta in San Francisco.

If you are intersted in joining the team, get in touch with any of our officers (see "email list" tab above), and find us on Facebook! If you are an alumni who is interested in helping out or reliving your college days by getting some time in an FJ, we always welcome you to come down to practice!

Wish us luck in the upcoming season! ZOT ZOT ZOT.

SUNDAY FUNDAY intro to UCI Sailing Team!

Posted by William Larsen on April 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The team will be hosting a fun day of sailing in Newport Beach at our sailbase this Sunday to welcome new potential members of all experience! If you are interested, please send an email to our president Will,, or vice president Nick,

We will provide rides from the flag poles on campus at 1 pm this Sunday, April 14, or meet at the sail base around 1:30. After we sail, we will head back to our team house on the peninsula for a BBQ/get to know the team.

If you need a ride, or to RSVP, email us, and check out the facebook event page!

If you are interested in joining the team but can't make it Sunday, we are always welcoming new members, so get in touch, and we will find another way to get you involved!!!

North 5 @ Saint Francis Yacht Club

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on April 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This past weekend, four of our sailors went up to San Francisco to sail the Saint Francis Interconference Regatta, the last step to qualifying for PCC’s. Brian Hoover with crew Kate Andersen sailed A and Sam Heller with crew Will Larsen Sailed B. The conditions were tough consisting of almost a four knot flood, choppy waters, and a 5-10 knot breeze in the morning. As the wind built the current switched to a strong ebb forcing all the teams to completely change the way they sail. At the end of Saturday, we were in fourth only a few points out of second place after 6 races for each fleet.

Sunday’s conditions were not what anyone was expecting. The winds were light and variable with no definite direction all day. Heavy rain throughout the day made it even more interesting as races were attempted to be made before the wind would change its direction or shut itself off. After three very long races in each fleet, the anteaters moved to seventh place out of 27 overall and the fifth place PCCSC School!