UCSD Places 17th of 27 at the Stoney Burke Regatta, JV takes 11th of 17 - Brett Farrell
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Stony Burke regatta at Treasure Island was my first real college regatta. I had sailed in the froshsoph regatta at Mission Bay but it was very laid back and random as we were trying to get as many people out on the water as possible. So I didnít really know what to expect from the weekend.
The first day the wind started out very light. Pretty much nonexistent-light. I found this frustrating at first, but it ended up being very relaxing and I got to meet sailors from the other teams, which was nice because I donít know many of them yet. So we floated around for three hours, interrupted occasionally by some race starts, all of which were called, and made a series of small rafts so we could float with company and talk to people.
Then suddenly the wind turned on and it was time to race! I was in the JV fleet, and it was pretty competitive. The majority of the 17 boats finished close to each other and the fleet stayed pretty close to each other throughout both days of racing; from what I saw the varsity sailing looked pretty intense too. The wind was great and the highlight of my weekendís sailing was grabbing a first when the entire fleet sailed to the ďfavoredĒ gate mark and sailed a ludicrous distance to protect against or get inside overlap, and I took the other side and just sailed a straight and picked up a substantial lead. The second day was similar, although with less waiting before the races. The wind started out very light with some incredibly thick fog, then suddenly the fog burned off and the wind picked up. Both days of sailing were very fun and at times both my crews and I (none of us were very light) were able to hike. It was a great first college regatta for me and Iím looking forward to all the sailing to come.
Oct 5 - Frosh-Soph Regatta