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/