Anteaters can Team Race!

Posted by Anteater Sailing Team on March 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

The Anteaters travelled up north this past weekend to compete in the annual McIntyre Team race hosted by the Stanford sailing team. For the past couple years, the UCI sailing team has proven their team racing competitiveness by consistently placing in the top two slots. This year, the layout was a little different as the initial goal was to complete a double round robin and finish with a knock-out round for the final four. However, Saturday’s light breeze proved difficult to complete the ambitious schedule, and we adjusted to completing one round robin and raced the top six teams and bottom four teams on Sunday.

After Saturday’s long and stressful drive up north involving a hit and run (no injuries, no damage, just frazzlement!) and a speeding ticket, we were able to overcome our rough ride by winning six of the nine races in our first round robin with skippers Jack Porter, Rex Cameron, and Colin Kincaid with their crews Chris Huang, Blair Johnston, and Martha Davis, losing to the very competitive Stanford, Coast guard, and Hawaii sailing teams. We finished the first day of racing in fourth place out of ten teams, with the undefeated Stanford sailing team in first place.

With a bit of drizzle but more promising wind conditions, we started Sunday with a long stretch of wins, with our most exciting finish against the Coast Guard Academy who definitely put up a good fight. Thanks to our Freshman skipper, Colin Kincaid, who managed to convert our team into an impressive 1,2,3 winning combination, we were feeling extremely excited and competitive. Unfortunately, the promising wind forecast of 10-20knts didn’t hold, and the wind started to die down enough to cause a mid-day postponement. Once the wind picked up to sailable conditions, we slipped and made a few innerving mistakes on the last leg of our last two races against Santa Barbara and Stanford, which caused our final two races to be losses. However, we completed the weekend in a respectable third place tie with Hawaii, though thanks to Blair Johnston’s impressive coin-toss decision, the anteaters got to take home the trophy! Stanford won the regatta.

A big thanks to the Humphreys, Porter, and Davis family for housing and feeding the team throughout the weekend. Also, a thank you to our heavy air crews Austin Moore, Chris Humphreys, and Will Larsen who unfortunately didn’t get any on-the-water time this weekend despite the promising conditions! But, we were grateful to have them there for their team support and coaching tips.

After this weekend, we are looking forward to the Florida team race more than ever, hosted by the Eckerd sailing team. Look for results in a couple weeks! ZOT ZOT ZOT

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