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.
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.
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.
This past weekend I went to St. Petersburg, Florida for the annual Optimist Dinghy Exchange. We had a clinic on Friday to prepare for the Valentine’s Day Regatta, which was held on Saturday and Sunday. We had a fun weekend of sailing all lined up.
On Christmas night, my crew Tanner and I boarded the plane and flew to Miami for the Orange Bowl Regatta. The flight went as planned arriving on time and leaving as scheduled, making for a smooth flight. By the time we arrived it was already the morning in Florida, so we checked into our hotel and got a few hours of sleep before heading down to the venue to pick up our charter boat.
The 2015 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta was held at the US Sailing Center in Miami. Over the four day regatta Miami delivered; each day brought constant 14 to 18 knots of breeze. I was competing in the Laser Standard class.
Winter blizzard Jonas may have buried the East Coast with mounds of snow last weekend, but the sun was shining in La Playa for the 5th annual Club Championships. This year’s event featured close, competitive racing for the 15 teams participating, making for an energized weekend of sailing!
We left San Diego headed for Miami on Christmas Night with a plane full of San Diego sailors and parents all headed to Orange Bowl on the red-eye. Leaving the cold of San Diego, it even hailed on the ride to the airport, to join the warm and breezy conditions in Miami, lows in the mid 70's and highs in the 80’s all week.