Memorial Day is a time to reflect on those who have served our country. For these 24 military veterans, their injuries and medical conditions are not holding them back. For them, they are experiencing a new challenge, to learn the sport of sailing.
The fourth and final event of the Etchells West Coast Spring Series (WCSS) wrapped up today with the ORCA Bowl sailed on May 14 & 15. This was the second annual WCSS and Regatta Chairman, Tom Carruthers, only had positive remarks about how the series turned out.
Starting Tuesday, May 24, the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) kicks off its National Championship which will continue until Saturday, June 4. All spectators- family, friends, alumni and others- are invited to cheer on over forty-five college teams as they compete in the San Diego Bay off the B Street and Broadway Piers in downtown San Diego.
Another spirited Yachting Cup has wrapped up and, as always, this year’s regatta was full of character. After a tiring, bumpy day on Saturday, many competitors were relieved that Sunday’s races were back to familiar conditions. On all three courses, most competitors looked less stressed and pleased to see smoother seas.
SDYC hosted the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) Championships in April. Friday and Saturday 11 teams sailed in the 80th Anniversary PCCSC Coed Championship and Sunday 6 teams fought for 2 spots for the Team Race Nationals, also here at the end of May.
San Diego Yacht Club is having it's 131st Opening Day themed "Yacht Club of Champions". Listen in as Douglas Werner, Commodore, and Jerelyn Biehl, SDYC Board Member, talks about the history of the SDYC, and highlights that will be at the event this weekend.
The third event of the Etchells West Coast Spring Series (WCSS) was the Etchells Pacific Coast Championship (PCC) sailed the weekend of April 9_10. The weekend forecast called for intermittent rain squalls with winds of 15 to 20 knots and gusts up to 25+ knots.
It was a big weekend for athletics in San Diego with events ranging from the SoCal Ragnar Relay to the Crew Classic in Fiesta Bay to the 26 boats that competed in the Etchells Midwinters in Coronado Roads. From Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3, SDYC was able to pull off 10 races for the Midwinters in total.
Canadians, Guatemalans and Americans descended upon Clearwater Florida for the 2016 Laser Midwinters East Championship. This major regatta attracted the best from North America, with 100 entrees in the radial fleet; racing was going to be tight. The forecast only added to this prediction.
In February I competed in Laser Midwinters East which is a regatta held off the coast of Clearwater, FL. I sailed in the Laser Radial class in yellow. There were two groups in the beginning, blue and yellow, because of the large number of boats. Even with a split in the fleet, there were still at least 50 boats on the line at once.