PCCSC Sloops Match Racing Championships

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on October 30, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Since the beginning of the year, the UCI Match Racing Team has been practicing endless dialups, perfecting their time distance, and practicing flawless boat handling to prepare for the PCCSC Match Race Sloop Championships. The team, consisting of skipper Brian Hoover (’13), Jib trimmer Colin Kincaid (’14), and bow-woman Ashley Hobson (’13), felt they had some unfinished business after finishing 3rd at the 2011 Match Race Championships hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club last fall. With the help of alumni and members of the current dinghy team, the trio felt confident about their match racing after a few weeks of practicing.

On Saturday morning, seven teams showed up at Balboa Yacht Club ready to compete. After weigh-ins and a skippers meeting, the fleet of UCI J/22’s left the dock on a tow out to the ocean. Race committee set up a course between the piers off the Balboa Peninsula, but the wind did not cooperate. Unfortunately, the Santa Ana winds were in full effect and stopped any sort of sea breeze from forming. The UCI team spent the whole day drifting at sea waiting for any sort of breeze to fill in to start some racing. Eventually race committee gave up on the waiting game and called racing for the day.

Sunday forecasts seemed even worse and called for more variable winds then the day before - which left the team somewhat hopeless on the last day. With a new rotation format, the racing was postponed onshore until wind was spotted around 11:30am. The first flight began with UCI racing UCSD in match 3. UCI controlled the whole starting sequence, and lead the whole race to beat UCSD. The second flight began as the wind slowly shut off, and racing was postponed before the second match was able to start. The waiting game began again, this time more stressful as the teams new there was still a lot of racing to get done before a winner could be chosen to represent PCCSC at the ICSA Match Race Nationals. Race Committee set 3:00pm as the cutoff time for not being able to complete enough flights, and when the wind refused to fill in, the boats began towing in back to the club.

Race Committee and the PCCSC representative announced that resumes need to be submitted from each skipper to choose a qualified team to send to nationals – stay tuned for the announcement of the winning team on Friday afternoon (Nov. 2nd.)

Big thanks to the UCI team for hosting the regatta – as well as help from all members of BYC, especially John Papadopoulos (PRO) and Becky Lenhart (BYC Race Director), UCI seafront director Joyce Ibbetson, and UCI sailing team president Will Larsen. Also, thank you to Alumni, Payson Infelise, for coaching and practicing endless starts with the team throuhgout the past few weeks.

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