|Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on November 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM|
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 though...as 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.
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