2015 Coed Conference Championships
Friday, May 1, 2015
The 2015-2016 college sailing season ended with the Coed Conference Championships hosted by Stanford University in Redwood City. Fifteen different schools travelled from all across California as well as Hawaii to compete. The Triton varsity sailing team consisted of Nicolas Delfino, Hayley Chong, Samuel Rohrbach, and Alex Heide. On day one, A division sailed in FJ’s while B division sailed the new z420’s. On day two, the divisions switched boats. The z420 is a new college version of the popular c420 sailboat. It features a planning hull, different deck layout and sail plan. It is sailed similarly to the FJ with a slight adjustment in trimming, weight placement technique, and upwind angles. The racecourse used was a modified double loop trapezoid. This involves an inner and outer upwind-downwind loop to allow both fleets to race on the same course simultaneously with no interference. The course used involves an offset windward mark, leeward gates, and skewed final upwind leg. Tactically this provided plenty of passing opportunities around the course, with the consequence of high-risk / high-reward racing in regards to decisions made around the racecourse. Day one was forecasted to be a hot light air day. The first few races were raced in 5-8kts NNW breeze in perfectly flat water. A deviation from the forecast saw the wind build steadily to 15-18knts with an ebb tide providing plenty of chop on the race course. This made for some fast paced on the edge racing. Day two saw similar conditions with a breeze that varied from 10-15kts NNE-NNW. Triton sailors excelled in the lighter conditions and managed scores of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd during the day. This saw the team improve on a slower first day to finish 8th/15th.
Apr 11 - Cardinal/White Regatta
Mar 28 - South Designate Regatta
Mar 21 - The Western Canada Cup Regatta