DRYC will now be continuing its morning FJ Class into the afternoon. Contact the Junior Room for details!
By Michael Hanson
TREASURE ISLAND SAILING CENTER – Fifty-nine high school sailing teams gathered at the Treasure Island Sailing Center in San Francisco this weekend to compete in the Golden Bear Regatta. Teams were divided into gold and silver fleets, and throughout the weekend, forty races were sailed to determine the winners of each fleet.
In gold fleet, Newport Harbor High School came away with the victory. In silver fleet, Marina Del Rey locals from Windward High School won their second event of the year. Senior skipper William Line and crews Isabel Kibreab and Ben Meyer won A division with 48 points. Yet it was the late-day heroics of Freshman skipper Elan Molko, with the help of crews Ezra Park and Andie Munoz, that sealed the deal for the Wildcats.
Molko had been putting a respectable event together, sailing consistently in the top ten to keep the Wildcats in the hunt. Yet the B Division team saved their best races for last, and as Molko and Park put up a second place in the second-to last race of the event, the Windward team pulled in to first place by a single point. It was then up to Molko and Park to defend their lead, which they executed in brilliant fashion as they pulled a horizon-job on the last race, beating the second place boat by fifty seconds.
The Windward competitors showed their grit this weekend. They demonstrated the team-oriented aspect of high school sailing. The ultimate value of high school sailing is to get as many kids involved as possible. With everyone contributing and doing their part, it puts the team in a position to succeed.
The next PCISA event is the Gaucho Regatta in Santa Barbara on March 12 – 13. Look for the Wildcats to return to the race course, hungrier than ever to put their skills to the test.
Results Here: http://scores.hssailing.org/s16/pcisa-golden-bear-silver/
By Michael Hanson
DEL REY YACHT CLUB – Seventy-four Optimist Dinghy sailors gathered for the Stephen M. Pitts Memorial Regatta at Del Rey Yacht Club last weekend, February 6th and 7th. The event acted as the fourth installment of the 2015/2016 SCYYRA Carrie Series, as well as the SCYA Midwinter Regatta for the Optimist Class.
On Saturday, sailors were greeted with light, shifty breeze, starting at a Southerly direction in the morning, and shifting to the West and North West throughout the day. Three races were completed in the forty-boat Championship Fleet and five races were completed in thirty-three-boat Green Fleet. After racing, sailors and parents enjoyed reggae music and a barbecue served by DRYC member volunteers.
On Sunday, sailors were again greeted with light breeze, ranging from the South to West directions. On the Championship Fleet course, one race was completed in light to variable conditions. On the Green Fleet course, three additional races were completed in similar winds.
This year’s event marks the largest turnout DRYC has ever had for the Stephen M. Pitts Memorial Regatta. Special thanks to all the volunteers, parents, coaches, and especially sailors who made this event so much fun for everyone involved.
Results Here: http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=11699&preview=1
By Michael Hanson
Sailors were greeted with fifteen knots and rain Sunday morning as they gathered at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club for the 2016 Superbowl Charity Regatta. Due to high winds, Green Fleet Optimists were cancelled, and Championship Fleet sailors waited ashore for the race course to be set. Due to a Southerly breeze, the race committee set a course in the middle of Marina Del Rey with a start line just West of Burton Chase Park.
By the time the course was set, gusts were up to twenty five knots. When the call was made to launch, sailors braved the high winds and shoved off. Even though many were quickly overwhelmed by the adverse weather, sailors faced their fears and learned to cope with the conditions. Though only four sailors were able to make the first start, everyone who made it off the dock learned a valuable lesson. Even when the winds are strong and the skies are gray, it is pivotal to give it a try. The only way to find the Edge is to occasionally topple over.
The Super Bowl Regatta will resume on Sunday, February 13th. The awards and raffle banquet will be at 4:00 PM in the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club clubhouse with warm food and lots of prizes.
If you picked up an entry package with a raffle ticket or purchased tickets for the regular raffle or the blue tickets for the sails raffle, bring them with you to the banquet, send them with a friend or let the event staff know your numbers and color of ticket at email@example.com .
SANTA MONICA BAY WINDJAMMERS YACHT CLUB - On Saturday, January 31st, 2016, sailors from around Marina Del Rey will participate in the Annual Super Bowl Regatta. This unique event offers dinghy racing in both youth and senior classes. An ocean course will be provided for Lasers, Championship Optimists, CFJ's, C420's, while the Lido 14's, C 15's, Classic Snipes and Optimist Green Fleet will sail inside the harbor. Feel free to come down and support some local racing. Both parents and kids are welcome. All proceeds are donated to charity.
Event Website: here
DEL REY YACHT CLUB - Over forty boats from the Southern California Region gathered on Saturday for the third installment of the 2015 -2016 PCISA Southern California Series for the Robert Anderson Trophy. Competitors were split into gold and silver fleets, where they battled windy and shifty conditions for a total of eight races in each division. Congratulations to Windward High School for capturing Gold Fleet, and Point Loma High School for winning Silver.
Full Results Here: http://scores.hssailing.org/f15/
DEL REY YACHT CLUB - On December 12th, high school sailors from all over the Southern California region will gather at Del Rey Yacht Club for the third installment of the 2015-2016 PCISA Southern California Series.
The last few years has led to a boom in high school sailing across the PCISA. District events have become some of the most competitive in the country. With such high interest on the Pacific Coast, the So Cal Series is geared toward sailors who have the grit to compete, but may not always find their name on a starting roster at a PCISA district regatta.
Del Rey Yacht Club is pleased to be hosting this event, and welcomes all competitors for an afternoon of racing in one of Southern California's premier sailing venues.
NOR Here: http://hssailing.org/schedule_news/docs/pcisa_docs/20152016PCISASoCalNORFinal.pdf
By Mike Hanson
Now that the 2015 DRYC Summer Sailing Program has ended, the gear packed neatly away and the pool empty, silence has replaced the incessant laughter that has filled our corner of the yacht club for the past eight weeks. For many, this silence comes with a sigh of relief. Everyone had their share of fun throughout the program, whether it was the beginner Sabot sailors learning to sail upwind for the first time, or the Opti kids setting up for their first start, or even our racers, who represented themselves and the club all over the country, the spirit of camaraderie that accompanies the sport of sailing was felt by all who entered the club this summer.
This being my first year as Head Coach, I cannot be prouder of the staff, students, and parents that have helped build another layer of our program. Our beginner Sabot sailors were quick to learn and keen to sail further and further away from the club each day. We also had the largest Optimist Dinghy enrollment the program has ever seen, with our Opti racers competing throughout the region. These children are the future of the program and we can’t put enough effort into their growth as sailors and as people. For the older racers, Del Rey Yacht Club sailors found the podium in four national championships this summer, winning two. DRYC also returned to the Governor’s Cup Match Racing Regatta for the first time in over ten years, placing fourth overall in a highly competitive international fleet. Those who frequent the club in the summertime can see how much these kids practice and how hard they’ve worked to get to where they are. Though it is easy to see the external workings of the summer program by simply standing on the dock and looking out at the kids in their boats, it is more difficult to see the internal mechanisms that truly make our program successful.
When I look at all the kids who come up through our program, from the eight year olds trying to drown each other in the pool, to the budding teenagers who are unsure who to sit with at lunch, all the way to the kids who will be heading off to college this fall, the intergenerational focus of our program becomes clear. The young learn from the old, whether it’s a Sabot student being coached by an Optimist racer, or an FJ kid being taught by a coach who competes collegiately, the program feeds off itself, its own self-sustaining organism. After all, learning to sail builds skills and confidence that children carry with them into their later years. Internalizing these skills takes a massive amount of support from parents, coaches, and most of all, teammates.
Too often, the communal aspect of a junior sailing team gets washed out by individual accomplishments. One of the pleasures of being a coach is getting the kids to work together as a single unit. Only then will achievements on the water be fully realized. This is the true way to measure the success of a junior program, not by numbers on a score sheet or trophies on a shelf. Though the Del Rey Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program will always provide young sailors the skills to race well, we take more pride in crafting great friendships that will last longer than any momentary sense of individual accomplishment. In the end, winning a first place trophy doesn’t mean much if your friends aren’t there to share the moment with you. Trophies themselves mean nothing. They collect dust. Memories, however, last a lifetime.
Here’s to a lifetime of sailing with great friends. Here’s to a lifetime of great memories. See you next summer.
Obel And Garret Podium At Women's Doublehanded Championship
By Cassie Obel and Annika Garrett
COLUMBIA SAILING CENTER – From June 26-30, we competed in the US SAILING junior women's double handed championship in Columbia, South Carolina, racing out of the Columbia Sailing Center on Lake Murray. The event consisted of two clinic days, followed by three days of racing. U.S. Sailing provided top-tier coaches, including the following: U.S. Sailing development coach Richard Feeney MIT coach Matt Lindblad, Old Dominion coach Mitch Brindley, two-time 470 olympian Amanda Clark, and USA Youth Worlds team coach Elizabeth Kratzig.
To allow us to work more closely with these coaches, the boats were divided into groups, and coaches rotated between these groups each day. On the first clinic day, we focused on boat-handling and boat-speed with drills and speed tests. Unfortunately, Lake Murray's shifty, puffy winds made speed testing for any more than about thirty seconds quite challenging. Although we tried to squeeze in some practice races later that afternoon, the wind completely shut off. That night, the Regatta volunteers took all the regatta participants to the Columbia zoo!
The next morning, similarly light and shifty winds provided decent tuning conditions. After a thunderstorm passed through as we sailed in to lunch, a relatively steady fifteen knot breeze provided some fun practice racing!
On the first day of racing, we sailed in very puffy, light, and shifty conditions. Because the pressure differences varied so drastically across the course, we learned to prioritize staying in the pressure over playing the shifts. We also learned to avoid the middle of the course, which generally had sizable holes of no wind. Although we felt a bit frustrated by a Z flag that put us in 12th place ending the first day, we felt ready to come back the next day and start fresh.
The second day of racing brought a bit more wind; the course was less puffy, so playing the shifts was more important. We focused on achieving solid and consistent top ten finishes. By the end of the second day of racing, we moved up to 3rd place. With only two races to finish up the third and final day of racing, we again focused on maintaining solid finishes as the point spread between us and fourth place was very close.
We finished the regatta in third place with large takeaways of knowledge about lake sailing. Throughout the five days of sailing, we focused on keeping our heads in the game: with the hot, long days on the water, we made sure to hydrate and wear sunscreen. Maintaining focus during individual races was also key: because the courses were so long and the conditions so flukey, we did not give up if we had a deep weather mark rounding; we also did not relax if we had a solid one.
Overall, we had an amazing time in this competitive learning environment with great coaches and friendly volunteers. A big thank you to US Sailing and Columbia sailing center for a wonderful event!