Mustang Open Regatta
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Last weekend, we carpooled towing three of our sailboats all the way up the coastal 101 to San Luis Obispo. California Polytechnic Institute- SLO hosted the Mustang Open, it’s very first regatta in Morro Bay. Nine west coast college teams participated in that regatta. Among those were five UC teams: UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, UCD and UCSC. The atmosphere was competitive and friendly, since we’ve developed strong relationships with every team over the course of many past events.
On Saturday morning, the day took off with a skippers meeting. Every team was informed about all possible courses they’ll be sailing in and logistics on where and how to dock the boats before starting the race. An hour after the skippers meeting, every team had their boats in the water and ready to sail. Our captain, Nicolas Delfino ’16, sailing boat 29 led UC San Diego’s A-fleet in the first race. The wind was subtle and slow, constant around 3-6 knots if not less. The difference between a skilled sailor and a normal sailor is how they deal with insufficient wind. The current in Morro Bay also made it hard and frustrating for all the sailors to sail the course on Saturday. Nicolas and his crew, Cheyenne ’17, performed well on Saturday, keeping UC San Diego in the first 5 boats range to cross the line each A-race. Following the A-race was the B-race, in which the conditions were no better that day.
Every team was anticipating strong winds on Sunday to make up for Saturday. Weather forecasts indicated that will be the case. Nobody was disappointed, since the wind blew our sails at a power of no less than 20-25 knots. In addition to that, it started raining. All the boats started going at very high speeds and finishing courses quickly. Every heavy boat had an advantage over the lighter boats on Sunday, because remaining balanced and not capsizing was essential to finishing the race with a good time. A lot of boats had capsized and even turtled. It was a dramatic and exciting race day. UC San Diego finished off in 6th place after Cal Poly, Cal Maritime, Monterrey Bay, UCD and UCLA.
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