Sunday, November 16, 2014
This past weekend the team participated in the Pacific Coast Championship (PCC) in Santa Barbara. This was the main competitive regatta of fall quarter so we trailered six boats and brought lots of members on the team. Unlike the previous regatta, the Central Coast Challenge (CCC), the main goal was to do well. Many colleges participated including teams from Hawaii to Canada. It was a great opportunity to meet new people. We also camped which was a great way to bond as a team instead of being in separate motel rooms. The facilities of the campsite were very nice with laundry machines, sauna, and a pool. The UC Davis team also camped right next to us although they decided to arrive at 2 in the morning when everyone was trying to sleep.
The actual sailing was a great experience. Although I went to Santa Barbara during CCC, this time was a different experience. It wasnít as windy and the waves werenít as rough. Still, sailing on the ocean is always a different experience than sailing in Mission Bay. In addition to the waves, the ocean has more salt so a lot of clothing had salt streaks. Right of way also became much more important during the competition because there were so many boats and it was an actual competition. Practices in Mission Bay usually only involve around 3-6 boats so it usually isnít as big of a point.
I first went out with Shannon on the second day. Because we brought too many people, I was able to go out on the first day. I had crewed for Shannon multiple times during practice so we fell right in sync. We usually were able to finish mid fleet and did pretty well. The interesting thing about the competition course was that there was an offset next to the windward marker so instead of rounding the marker, you had to reach from the offset to the marker. That was a type of course I had never sailed before. The second time I went out was with Ellissa because Ryan was kind enough to let me go instead since he had already sailed twice. Ellissa was definitely a different experience to crew for. She was much more interactive as a skipper asking for my opinions since she was a relatively new skipper. Our first race we had a great start, but only managed to finish at the top of mid fleet. After the first race, we werenít able to perform as well since we had to tack multiple times due to boats with rights or tacking too soon. We raced four times which was a real test of endurance on the ocean. At the end of the day, I learned a more about sailing in terms of experience and awareness while on the course. Congratulations to Hawaii who ended up winning the regatta. The trip back to SD was smooth, and we even accidently met up with the UCLA team at In-N-Out.
Nov 15 - Elsa Felgar
Nov 1 - Sailing Coed
Oct 25 - Menís Singlehanded Champs October 25-26, 2014