Full Results Here: http://scores.hssailing.org/f15/
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!
By Roberto Stevens
BALBOA YACHT CLUB – Wednesday to Sunday, Chris Weis, Alex Burrow, and Roberto Stevens represented Del Rey Yacht Club at the Rose Cup, one of the oldest youth match racing regattas in the nation. This year, the prestigious event became the new U.S National Youth Match Race Championship, including a qualification opportunity for Governor’s Cup.
The first two days of sailing were designated for a clinic lead by match racing legend, Dave Perry. Dave worked with all the teams to improve their match racing tactics and help the sailors adjust to sailing the Governor 21.
Following the short clinic, the event started its first round-robin which lasted until Saturday. At the conclusion of 11 races, Weis’s team was able to win 8 matches. Although the DRYC racers ended with a relatively good record, the stiff competition meant Weis was fourth seed for the elimination round. During the second round, Weis found himself up against Scott Sinks of San Diego Yacht Club, a formidable sailor. In the first match, Weis was able to out-sail Sinks and gain a point, but since it was best of three, Weis had to win one more race. Unfortunately after two more races, Weis was unable to convert and move on to the finals.
Sunday, Weis found himself in the petite finals with one last chance to podium at the event and qualify for Governor’s Cup. The petite finals would be best of three against Nicholas Sertl of Rochester Yacht Club, an opponent whom Weis had lost to in the round-robin. Weis was able to gain a strong position in the first match and secure a point. Following with a second match Weis was again able to lead off the start line and along with the win secured third for the event. Congratulations to Chris Weis, Alex Burrow, and Roberto Stevens for such a great event and good luck to them as they advance to Governor’s Cup.
By Cassie Obel and Annika Garret
CORONADO YACHT CLUB -- From Wednesday to Friday, two DRYC 420 teams, Cassie Obel and Annika Garrett, along Sidney Gathrid and Lola Rice, headed down to Coronado Yacht Club for the Southern California C420 Class Clinic. Coaches included Haley Kirk, Adam Roberts, Nick Kaschak, and head Stanford coach John Vandemoer.
Due to the wide range of skill levels amongst participants, the coaches divided the clinic into three groups. Coronado's South Bay greeted sailors with sunny skies, flat water, and five to fourteen knots of shifty breeze. The first day of the clinic addressed boat speed: between and during speed tests, sailors adjusted settings and tested different modes of sailing. Then, the three groups reconvened for racing. After sailing, video debrief was especially helpful to compare upwind sailing styles and learn from other sailors.
The second day, coaches included tight boat handling and starting drills, followed by more racing. The third and final race day incorporated a special focus not only on skills learned the previous days but also on developing and executing a go-to pre-race routine. Overall, the clinic successfully prepared sailors for the summer's upcoming regattas.
By: Michael Hanson
DEL REY YACHT CLUB — Sailors of all ages had the pleasure of experiencing the first Adventure Water Week at DRYC, which was a great success. Throughout the week, students were able to try different kinds of aquatic activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and swimming. The DRYC Junior Sailing Program staff also put an emphasis on team building exercises, such as tie dying, name games, scavenger hunts, and strength training. Overall the kids had a great time and can’t wait for next year’s Adventure Water Week.
By: Michael Hanson
CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB – Six teams from various yacht clubs gathered this past weekend for the Sanguinetti Memorial Team Race Regatta at California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, CA. Though the regatta has been sailed since 1999, this year’s contest was the first time the event has taken a team racing format. Sailing for Del Rey Yacht Club was Michael Fineman, Jack Martin, Oliver Keeves, and Sidney Gathrid. Other teams included the King Harbor Youth Foundation, San Francisco Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and A and B teams from California Yacht Club.
On Saturday, overcast skies greeted the sailors when they arrived at the California Yacht Club for a 10:00 AM skippers meeting. The morning fog burned off as the wind picked up to around eight knots for the first warning signal at 11:30 AM. The wind built and the racing became increasingly dynamic, and with a great viewing area off of Burton Chase Park, parents and coaches were able to enjoy the action from shore. Two rotations were completed for a total of thirty races on Saturday, resulting in a three way tie for first place between California Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and King Harbor Youth Foundation.
The second day of the event began with clearer skies and warmer temperatures. Racing commenced at noon with a single rotation of fifteen races scheduled for the day. With the points becoming tight, there was some awesome racing between the top clubs, resulting in a tie between Santa Barbara Yacht Club and King Harbor Youth Foundation. In the end, the team from Santa Barbara won the tie breaker, taking the regatta home.
Overall, the Sanguinetti Dinghy Regatta was a major success and saw huge improvements from all of the competitors. Team racing combines skills in communication, planning, boat speed and tactics. This was the first team racing event for the DRYC Opti Race Team, and though they had some tough races, they learned a lot and came together as a team. The highlight of the event for Del Rey came when they won a race against the A team from California Yacht Club, our friendly marina rivals, who happened to be winning the regatta at the time. This achievement was a great boost of confidence for the kids, and put a lot of their hard work in perspective.
Most of all, the event put an emphasis on having fun and building camaraderie between clubs. Congratulations to California Yacht Club and their volunteers for hosting one of the most memorable regattas of the year. The DRYC Opti Race Team already looks forward to next year’s contest.
Results Here: http://results.calyachtclub.com/RaceResults/2015/sanguinetti.pdf
By Michael Hanson, Sean Dougherty and Adam Pokras
KING HARBOR YACHT CLUB – Seventy-five Optimist Dinghy racers gathered this past weekend at King Harbor Yacht Club for the 2015 Ken Hoover Regatta. The Del Rey Yacht Club Optimist Race Team attended with Isabelle Fisher, Arlo Erwin, Iris Erwin, Oliver Keeves, and Elena Roby competing in Green Fleet. The Championship Fleet roster consisted of Michael Fineman, Finn Tipton, Jack Martin, and Ben Ross. Coach Adam Pokras looked after the Green Fleet, with Coach Sean Dougherty coaching Championship Fleet.
Racers were greeted with ten knots of breeze at the beginning of the first day, which soon built to a steady fifteen knots with gusts up to twenty. Upon reaching the Green Fleet course, a twenty knot puff came through, sending the fleet into crisis-mode. Parents watched from the sidelines of Joe’s Crab Shack as Green Fleet coaches worked hard to organize their sailors. Eventually, everyone made it back to shore with no injuries or boat damage. No races were completed in Green Fleet on the first day of the event.
Sunday saw more favorable conditions for Optimist Racing, with the wind ranging from eight to twelve knots. The Green Fleet was finally able to race, completing seven races. The keys to success were getting a good start, staying on the lifted tack, and staying focused throughout the long racing day.
Sunday on the Championship Fleet course saw some leftover chop from the day before, with the wind shifting up to twenty degrees at a time. The eight to twelve knots of wind put a premium on boat speed, as well as staying in phase with the changing wind pattern. Once again, it was great for the newer Championship Fleet sailors to get some experience on the ocean course.
The sailors were looking good in their new team pinnies, and the coaches would like to thank the parents for their help loading and unloading the trailer, as well as keeping track of equipment.
Stay tuned for more DRYC Optimist Race Team coverage on Coach’s Corner.