Will you be around San Diego during summer break? Want a fun, rewarding job on campus? Become a Knock Around camp counselor!
Applicants need to like working with kids, enjoy being active and spending time outdoors, and must be creative and up for adventure! You will beed to be
available for the whole summer (June 19th-August 25th), Monday-Friday, 7:45am-4:45pm. The starting pay rate is $13/hour.
To apply you can email Katie Shaw-Bullock at email@example.com or check out the application on Port Triton. The deadline to apply is April 14th.
Since its humble beginnings as an indigenous sport of the Native Americans, lacrosse has exploded both in the United States and internationally. The sport, distinct in the fact that players pass and shoot in addition to other movements with a netted racquet, has two versions, the men’s and the women’s game. Two distinct differences between the two games include a lack of contact and very distinct netted racquets which have less of a “pocket” or cavity in the net to hold the ball in women’s lacrosse. Overall the goal of the game is like that of many sports to simply outscore one’s opponents.
This upcoming summer there is something only one UCSD Triton will do, compete in the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. Jiyoung Yun, a member of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team and a first year human biology major from Marshall College, will represent South Korea in the event held every four years. The event will be based in the English city of Guilford, and it will host 28 teams including the United States, England and Canada among other nations.
In addition to playing in the World Cup for the first time, Yun herself will be the youngest of the twenty-one-member team sent by South Korea. Furthermore, before she ever steps on the field in England, Yun will also compete in the Asian Pacific Championship games. This lacrosse tournament which includes teams such as Australia, Hong Kong, China and Japan will act as a warm up for the World Cup while also crowning a winner for the continent. To celebrate her achievement and find out more about her experiences and journey up to this point, we got a chance to catch up with her before one of her last practices of winter quarter. The following is a write up of our conversation:
When did you start playing lacrosse?
“I started playing lacrosse in High School. I have not been playing lacrosse for a long time because the lacrosse community in Korea is not that big, so I have only played for four years.”
How did you get contacted to play for the national team?
“Since the community is so small, it’s not that small but it is small, so all of the players know each other and all of the coaching staff know who is playing lacrosse. There are about 6 college teams and there are about 8 high school teams for women’s lacrosse.”
What first got you into lacrosse?
“My uncle he also played for the national team so I knew lacrosse from him and that is how I first started. I went to a foreign language school and [they] had a team.”
What do you think of UC San Diego so far?
“It’s a very tough school and I have a lot of homework to do, but I like it so far. I like the weather here.”
What position do you play?
“I play low attack and I sometimes switch with the middies. There are 2 lines, one and two. For line one I play low attack and for line two I play middies.”
What are your goals for the rest of the season with the UCSD Club Women’s Lacrosse team?
“For our team right now we are ranked thirteenth in the nation so we have our tournament this weekend, so my first goal for this week is to win the tournament. After that, for our season, I want our team to be top ranked.”
How about the national team?
I think experience because since I am the youngest on the team right now, I am also expecting [to compete] four years after this at the next World Cup. So this time I will be learning from the other upper players and then after 4 years I might be able to play more as a leader.”
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us. It was a pleasure getting to know you and we wish you the best at the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup!
Since South Korea’s Women’s Lacrosse federation is so small, Yun will have to pay for her ability to compete in the games. As a result, she has created a GoFundMe account to help her achieve her goals. For more information on her mission and an opportunity to support her journey, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/jiyoungforworldcup
For information on the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup you can visit:
For more information on Lacrosse: http://www.uslacrosse.org/about-the-sport/history
Written by Rohan Oprisko
With Spring right around the corner, look for new ways to get active with UCSD Recreation! Here’s a list of 10 things you can sign up for to get out, meet new people, and improve your well-being, all while having fun!
Did you hear about the new Fit-Yoga Pass last quarter but you didn’t get to try it out? Well you should in Spring quarter! Once you buy the pass you can take UNLIMITED classes all quarter. There are 75 classes a week and include yoga, pilates, cardio, cycling, mediation and Zumba. Since you can pick which classes you attend each week, this pass will for sure fit into your schedule and keep you fit.
Who doesn’t need a massage after the long, stressful winter we’ve had? Make sure to get a Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, or Heated Stone Massage to indulge yourself and help you relax. You can buy a 50 minute or 80 minute massage or if you buy 7 private massages, you get one free!
Innertube Water Polo
Grab some friends and sign up as an Intramural Innertube Water Polo team! It’d be a fun way to interact with friends, keep active, and laugh at yourself as you struggle to stay in your innertube while playing this fun, goofy sport. You need 7 person teams (4 men/3 women or vice versa) and you can sign up for Sunday or Wednesday nights.
I don’t know about you, but when I tell people that I go to school in La Jolla, the first thing they ask is if I do any water sports. So why not try out windsurfing at Mission Bay Aquatic Center? Nearly anyone can learn how to windsurf and instructors will take you through dry-land and on-the-water coaching to help you learn. There’s a level 1 and a level 2, so you are able to pick which one best fits your skill set. Don’t be afraid to try it!
Snorkel La Jolla Cove
We are lucky enough to have the ocean as our backyard so why not sign up to snorkel at La Jolla Cove and see the amazing world beneath the ocean’s surface! It’s teeming with wildlife, from bright orange Garibaldi fish to harmless Leopard Sharks, and a good way to see them for yourself is to go on this mini day drip with Outback Adventures!
Wine Tasting Valle de Guadalupe Baja California
Explore the beautiful Valle de Guadalupe and spend the day visiting vineyards and tasting Baja California’s reowned wines with this Outback Adventure trip! It’s on Saturday, May 13th and you will depart UCSD at 10am, mark your calendars for this opportunity!
Learn a new skill or work on an old one by signing up for an Archery Rec Class! Classes vary from beginners to an open practice with coaching, or even a 10 time pass that allows you to drop-in on workouts, so no matter which one you pick, you can work on improving your Archery skills! Are you good enough to compete? Check out the Sun God Archery Team, a social, recreational and competitive archery club for archers of any level!
If you’ve been thinking about taking a Dance Rec Class but haven’t done so yet, now is the time! Hip Hop is a fun class that focuses on getting novice dancers to be more familiar with hip hop dance techniques with fun and challenging choreography. You’ll learn the basis of body control, memory, and pick up associated with learning dance. Not into hip hop? We have many other dance classes for you to try, like Break Dancing, Latin Dance, Jazz Dance, and much more!
Sign up for our Scuba Rec Class to learn safe diving practices and get knowledge development, pool sessions, and ocean dives! There’s a maximum of 8 students per instructor, so you can get the hands-on interaction you need in a semi-private setting. All meeting times are mandatory though, so make sure you are serious about the commitment of learning how to scuba this quarter. It’d definitely be fun to learn something not everyone knows how to do and get more comfortable in the water!
Sports Club Game
Let’s show our UCSD spirit and go out and support some of our Sports Clubs! From baseball to volleyball to sailing, we have 30 teams you can go out and watch. Check out all of the teams’ schedules in the Rec Magazine or online and put some in your calendar so you can cheer on your friends and classmates.
Hopefully at least one of these sparked your interest, but keep in mind that UCSD Recreation offers so much more too, so take a look for yourself on our website or in our Rec Magazine! Happy Spring
Want a fun, challenging and rewarding job? Become a Challenge Course Facilitator for our Outback Adventures Challenge Course on campus!
Challenge Course Facilitator Job Announcement:
The UCSD Challenge Course is seeking dedicated individuals to hire and train as facilitators. Ideal applicants for this entry-level position possess a combination of both interpersonal and technical skills. The Challenge Course staff is made up of part-time/contract student and non-student facilitators. Facilitators develop skills and experience through a process that includes initial training, mentoring, shadowing, and on-going training and skills development.
About the UCSD Challenge Course:
The UCSD Challenge Course provides adventure-based teambuilding program designed to develop communication and teamwork through challenging activities. Our course is located in the eucalyptus forest on the beautiful UCSD campus, an ideal setting for a variety of ground-based and high course activities. Our programs serve campus, community, and corporate groups, providing each an opportunity to problem solve and overcome obstacles as a team—from up to 45 above the ground.
Winter Orientation/ Training: Thursday-Sunday, January 5-8, 2017
Our fall training will provide future facilitators with the foundational knowledge to confidently guide groups through teambuilding/leadership programs on and off the course, including facilitation and technical skills training. All accepted applicants will be required to complete this 40-hour training before being hired by UCSD.
Scheduling and Pay
Following the training and shadowing process, Facilitators can expect to work between 6-30 hours/week through the busy program season (May-October). There rest of the year can still be quite busy but the work is not consistent. Beginning pay is $12/hour for Students and $14/hour for non-students.
To learn more and apply, visit https://recreation.ucsd.edu/challenge-course/facilitator-training/ If you have additional questions, please contact Denise Ouellette, Challenge Course Director, at
858-822-3558, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: Sunday, Mar 14, 2017
Date Event Time
Sunday, Mar 5 Application Deadline – – – Online Application
Mar 6,7,8,9,10,16 &17 Group Interviews Workday/Evening Outback Adventures Office
Saturday, Mar 25 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
Sunday, Mar 26 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
Monday, Mar 27 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
Tuesday Mar 28 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
Thank you to everyone who participated in FitFest 2017! FitFest is our most anticipated annual event where students get the chance to sample out a class or two offered here at UCSD Recreation to see what’s the best fit for you! Sample classes range from Yoga, Zumba, Bicycle Cycling and more. Watch the video below to see how much everyone who participated enjoyed their FREE Fitness and Yoga classes, food truck, and LIVE DJ!
Have you ever thought about combining your love for any of these sports with the agility and strength that comes from the other two? Well, the Masters Sports program is the place to do it!
Started by the Masters Sports Director, Ron ‘Sickie’ Marcikic, in 1983, this program offers an array of running, swimming and cycling workouts available for any fitness level. Anyone, from a freshman on his or her first day of college to a seasoned athlete of 40 years, can join in, swimming with Coach Sickie, running with Coach Terry Martin or the combined Triathlon program, and increase their abilities with great coaching and highly experienced staff.
For almost 33 years, the UCSD Masters Swimming Program, under the tutelage of Masters Sports Director and Head Coach, Ron ‘Sickie’ Marcikic, has offered quality swim workouts to students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community. Utilizing two 50 meter pools at the Canyonview Aquatic Center, a coaching staff of 13 coaches, with workouts offered 7 days a week, Masters Swimming provides a very affordable, very fun and comprehensive lifetime fitness program for adult athletes.
Masters Running offers a unique and professional approach to training for the adult runner. Anyone can run, but if you like to run and want to see some improvement or take on your first Triton 5K, this program is for you! Head Coach Terry Martin, along with Coach Tom Piszkin have trained athletes from casual runners to national caliber elite runners. Grab your shoes and come out to the North Campus Track for some fun…on the run!
Centered on routine training in the 3 triathlon sports of swimming, running and cycling, the Masters Triathlon program gets athletes ready for this incredibly challenging event. Our Head Triathlon Coach, Terry Martin, has been competing in triathlons for more than two decades, including 8 Hawaii Ironman finishes. The program supports those interested in participating in their first, short triathlon as well as athletes with ambitions for going the “Ironman” distance. Open to all levels of ability.
Masters Triathlon Workout Schedule
Spanos Training Facility–North Patio
North Campus Track
How do I know if this is the right program for me?
These days, fitness is big. In fact, personal fitness should be an important component of everyday life. Being healthy is key to an active lifestyle. We offer a wide range of athletes, fitness opportunities in swimming, running and basic triathlon training, each and every day.
The best way to try our program for free, is to contact Sickie (email@example.com) and ask to try out our program. He will send you a coupon for two free workouts, that you can use to give our program a try.
Register for Masters Sports at the RIMAC Sales Desk.
With a new quarter comes new things to do with UCSD Recreation! We’ve come up with a list of things for everyone to enjoy this winter quarter whether it be wanting to get in shape, go on a trip, or learn a new skill. After eating all that holiday food over break, the perfect way to get back in shape is through one of hundreds of our Recreation activities, but here is a list of 10 things to get you thinking:
1. Fit Yoga Pass
This is a NEW affordable, flexible, and fun pass to get you active and try practicing different kinds of fitness and yoga! Instead of signing up for a certain type of fitness or yoga class like how it was in the past, you can buy the new Fit Yoga Pass for $65 if you are a student ($105 for members/$150 for non-members) which will give you access to ALL the fitness/yoga classes offered! That means you could try a new class everyday of the week! There are over 70 classes offered per week and this pass allows you to attend all of them, so go to as many or as few as you like! The schedule of classes can be found here.
2. Personal Wellness
We offer Student and Graduate Student Personal Wellness programs and that consist of an initial physical fitness assessment, entrance interviews, six weeks of small group fitness training and a follow-up fitness personalized program design. These Wellness Programs will give you the opportunity to create a lifestyle of well-being and helping you achieve your fitness goals. Did I mention it is FREE too?
Another way to stay in shape but while also spending time with friends is playing intramurals! For Winter quarter there’s basketball, team bowling, passing league football (men’s), soccer, 4-on-4 volleyball, and team rock climbing. And the best part is that is it’s only $7 to play unlimited intramurals for the quarter! So gather a group of friends and make a team for one or more of these awesome intramural sports.
4.Ski and Ride Outback trips
Here in sunny San Diego you don’t often get to see snow, so why not go on an Outback Adventures trip to go snowboarding or skiing! On this day trip you will get to take a break and carve it up at the best nearby snow to campus; Bear Mountain (Feb. 20th) or Mountain High (Jan. 21st or Jan. 29th). Outback will take care of getting you there, all you have to worry about is how much fun you’ll have on this snowy trip. Lift ticket is included in the price and all participants will receive 20% off a ski or snowboard rental packages through Outback
5. Sunset Kayak Mission Bay
Another cool trip that Outback offers is their Sunset Kayak Mission Bay trip. Imagine the beauty of Mission Bay, the sunset and city lights reflecting off of the calm water as you peacefully kayak throughout the bay. I wouldn’t want to miss this! And even better, no experience is required, so feel free to come enjoy this calming scene while practicing your kayaking skills no matter your level.
6. Argentine Tango-Fundamentals & Beyond
If you’d prefer to stay inside this “chilly” winter, maybe a dance class is the perfect option for you! Our Argentine Tango is a basic technique class where you can practice your social dancing including posture and balance, dance frame, leading and following, and more. And you’ll be able to dance the Argentine Tango by the end of the class! There is a mix and mingling of partners, so you’ll be able to meet new people while learning new dance skills.
7. Wrestling Takedowns Workout
Another great indoor class is our Wrestling Takedowns Workout rec class, which will cover a basic introduction to wrestling throws, sweeps, and shots, all of which are commonly used in martial arts. This is a class for all levels of wrestling and a great place for you to hone your wrestling skills this winter!
8. Winter’s Chill Climbing Comp and BBQ
On Saturday, February 11th from 2pm-6pm, Outback Climbing Center will be hosting Winter’s Chill Climbing Comp and BBQ! Come check out this casual climbing competition in the Climbing Center located in Canyonview as you enjoy a BBQ, drinks, and climb with others. It’s only $10 for the climbing and BBQ! All skill sets are welcome since it is a casual competition. Get to know other climbing enthusiasts at this comp!
9. Drop, Guac & Roll
If you like FREE guac and corn tortillas, come to Drop, Guac & Roll on Jan. 31st, Feb. 21st, or March 7th from 5:30pm-6pm in the Tiki room at Main Gym to make your own corn tortillas and roll up a guacamole taco! It’s first come, first served, so make sure to get their early. I wouldn’t want to miss out on this yummy, FREE food session.
10. Lift at Spanos
Did you know there is a brand new, state-of-the-art lifting facility North of RIMAC by the track and field? Spanos is the newest weight room on campus and has open Rec hours for all students and Rec Card members FREE of charge. Hours: Mon-thur, 6:30-10:30pm, Fri 6:30-9pm, Sat CLOSED, Sun 7-10pm.
Hopefully this list got you thinking on what you want to do this quarter to get in shape! There are hundreds of other activities offered through UCSD Recreation, so even if none of these peak your interest, check out our website so you can get involved, stay active, and have fun this Winter quarter.
Every year multiple Sports Club teams get together for a chance at dodgeball glory and the opportunity to be declared champion. This year’s Sports Clubs Dodgeball Extravaganza was nothing short of spectacular dodges, ducks, dips, dives, and dodges. 12 Sports Clubs teams battled it out on December 3 in this year’s video game themed event. Teams came dressed up as The Sims, FIFA17, PacMan, Fruit Ninja, and more. Even the staff brought the fun with their very own display of the classic Tetris. However, the Dragon Boat team ended up winning the “Best Costume” award for their trendy PokemonGo display.
In addition, teams were able to bring food that was donated to the Triton Food Panty and/or clothing which was donated to the Salvation Army. Women’s Soccer won the award for “Most Donations” for the second year in a row. One of the captains, Amy Schwartz, said, “We may not ever win the competition, but we pride ourselves on giving back the most.”
This year’s games were best out of 7 in a double elimination bracket. After the first few rounds, several teams showed they had what it took to be champions, while some others fell short. Everyone got some cool raffle prizes though! The final rounds had Men’s Soccer vs. Water Polo where Men’s Soccer came out victorious, but they soon fell to Men’s Volleyball who had lost to Baseball in the previous round. With Men’s Soccer, our 2015 Dodgeball Champions taking 3rd place, the competition for 1st place was between the undefeated Baseball Team and Men’s Volleyball. Men’s Volleyball, the underdogs, took the first game 4-3, but since Baseball hadn’t lost, they had another shot at the top. With exhaustion setting in and tension building, both teams took their places for the last round of 7. With back and forth wins, it still wasn’t clear who would come out on top. In the end, the Men’s Volleyball team took the title of “2016 Dodgeball Champion” with some serious “never give up, never surrender” attitude and the perfect dodge. Baseball was definitely bummed, but they will be back for sweet revenge next year!
For more information, on how to join this amazing Sports Clubs community and have your shot at being named dodgeball champion, contact the team captains by visiting recreation.ucsd.edu/sports-clubs/
Application Deadline: Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016
Wedesday, Dec 14 Application Deadline – – – – – –
Dec 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16 Group Interviews Workday/Evening Outback Adventures Office
Thursday, Jan 5 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
Friday, Jan 6 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
Saturday, Jan 7 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
Sunday, Jan 8 Staff Training 8:00am-6:00pm UCSD Challenge Course
ATTENTION ALL FITNESS AND YOGA FANATICS! We are excited to announce our brand new Fit-Yoga Pass coming this winter!
Affordable, flexible and fun the new Fit-Yoga pass allows you to customize your workout class schedule all quarter for one super low price! The Fit-Yoga Pass is
$65 for students/$105 members/$150 non-members per quarter (3 months)
Compare that to local Yoga or fitness studios that can run between $65-$150 per MONTH.
Get this pass for the same price you would pay for just ONE of our Yoga/Fitness classes in previous quarters!
With over 70 classes to choose from a week you can customize your own personal workout schedule to meet the demands of school, work and life! Classes are offered at all times of the day and on the weekends.
Variety is the spice of life! We offer everything from Zumba, Cycle and Turbo Kick to Hatha Yoga and pilates. Try something new or stick to what you love, since there is no cost or commitment per class…what do you have to lose?
The Fit-Yoga Pass will be available to purchase at the RIMAC Sales Desk as well as online.
Just because it is November doesn’t mean the San Diego fun stops! The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is one of the world’s largest instructional waterfront facilities right here in San Diego and is owned and operated by Associated Students of San Diego State University and UCSD Recreation. MBAC offers awesome water activities all year round and is open to students, faculty/staff and the public!
Come check out Top 5 things to do at MBAC this November:
For more information or to register for any of these classes, visit mbaquaticcenter.com
Please enjoy our UC San Diego Recreation recap from our 2016 Meet the Beach welcome week event. Thank you to all the students, staff, administrators and vendors who made this event a success!
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Most people don’t know that Mission Bay Aquatic Center, one of the world’s largest instructional waterfront facilities in San Diego, is owned and operated jointly by us at UC San Diego Recreation and Associated Students at San Diego State University. Last year over 30,000 participants experienced surfing, sailing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, stand up paddling, waterskiing, rowing, kayaking, and windsurfing. This facility is open to the public, but also offers reduced prices for UC San Diego students on classes, rentals and more!
Here is a great story from our partners over at Mission Bay Aquatic Center about three average guys with little to no sailing experience and a passion for adventure. And how their short-time taking lessons and renting boats help them conquer a race of a lifetime…
At MBAC we get a lot of questions from people interested in learning to sail, but last fall an unusual request came in the form of an email from Jake Vanags. “My name is Jake and, along with two others, I just signed up for a ridiculous and adventurous nine-day race across a portion of the Indian Ocean in a tiny African fishing boat… I guess my question is this: What set of classes or private instruction in the next two and a half months would you suggest we take if we were to sail a tiny African fishing boat over the course of nine days down the Zanzibar Archipelago?”
The race Jake and teammates Chad Vanags and Jeff Williams signed up for was the Ngalawa Cup, a nine-day adventure race through the Indian Ocean on local Ngalawa sailboats. The Ngalawa is made of a hollowed mango tree, two outriggers, and a basic lateen sail. The boats are very similar to those still used by fishermen on the coast of Zanzibar and Tanzania.
As soon as the race was over, we received a simple message. “We won. More info coming soon!” Beating out a number of teams with much more experience, Jake, Chad, and Jeff were the first team to get their Ngalawa to the finish line. While still on the road Jake answered our questions about the race and the preparation they went through to get ready.
WHY DID YOU AND YOUR CREW SIGN UP FOR THIS RACE?
First, I think we all crave insane or unusual adventures because they create the best stories – the ones that impact our lives in some way. Second, the idea of sailing along a spectacular archipelago in an ill-equipped and derelict fishing boat was too much of a beautiful disaster to pass up. Lastly, I actually grew up with a fear of being lost in the open ocean. What better way to conquer that fear than by sailing a boat not meant for the open ocean into the open ocean?
HOW QUICKLY DID YOU REALIZE YOU NEEDED MORE SAILING KNOWLEDGE THAN YOU HAD?
When we filled out our application for the race we had to answer a bunch of questions about our sailing experience. The organizers asked what certifications we had, how many overnight sailing trips we’ve participated in, etc. When I answered “N/A” to all of those questions I thought, “What the hell are we doing?” This was about two and a half months until race day. So, yeah, that was about the point when we started scrambling and freaking out a bit.
WHAT WERE THE MOST USEFUL SKILLS LEARNED FROM MBAC YOU USED IN THE RACE?
Sailing upwind in an Ngalawa is quite a challenge. On the day we overtook quite a few teams, we had to sail straight out and around a big point to the south of us while also avoiding a reef nearby. Unfortunately, the wind was coming straight onto shore. Some teams attempted to paddle out through breaking waves but ultimately got pushed back in. It was quite a dangerous morning with one team’s boom snapping off completely. We ultimately remembered our MBAC training and took the long route, sailing an hour and a half northeast to get out past the point even though we needed to go south. We then started sailing south at around 15 knots (which is extremely fast for an Ngalawa). Even though we added distance to our route by going in the opposite direction, we ended up passing quite a few teams that day.
Avoiding accidental jibes was an important skill on an Ngalawa. In fact, we were told that tacking through the wind on an Ngalawa was near impossible, so there were several times where we would have to do a 270° jibe to change directions if going upwind. One team capsized five times over the course of four days because they were trying to avoid jibing. Also, since we were going with the trade winds much of the time, we were often on a broad reach or a run and if the wind changed slightly, an accidental jibe and/or capsize was likely. Knowing how to right a boat after a capsize was pretty helpful at times.
We spent time on almost every type of boat MBAC could provide. We figured the more boats with different configurations we could practice on, the more comfortable we would be in an Ngalawa. I’d say the Ngalawa was closest to the structure of a Hobie Cat, but with the stability of a Laser. In other words, it’s a big heavy boat with two outriggers but is easy to capsize.
DID YOU FEEL PREPARED WHEN YOU LANDED IN ZANZIBAR?
I don’t think there is truly a way to feel entirely prepared to sail a boat no one in the race had ever set foot on. That said, we kind of jokingly thought our great equalizer was that exact fact – that no other team knew how to really sail these boats. At the end of the day we definitely felt confident with sailing fundamentals, thanks to MBAC, and the fundamentals were all anyone could really rely on.
CAN YOU TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR BOAT?
In general, the Ngalawa is a fishing boat the people of Tanzania and Zanzibar have been using for 1,500 years. It’s made of a hollowed out mango tree and has a heavy canvas sail. It is cumbersome, unwieldy, heavy, and susceptible to falling apart in swells. The boom (usually made of bamboo) is hoisted and hung from the top of the mast. A mast stay is placed from the top of the mast out to the outrigger opposite of the sail. The main sheet can be pulled in tight or lashed out to the spar or outrigger to create a beam or broad reach configuration.
In order to balance the boat on a beam or close reach, one teammate has to stand on the spar opposite the sail so that the boat doesn’t get pushed over. At times I was on the spar for five to six hours straight. In order to jibe, you have to let the main sheet go, untie the mast stay, pull the two bow sheets in, bear hug the sail and boom together, bring all the lines around to the opposite side, reattach the mast stay, and then twist and flip the boom over the top of the mast. All this has to happen while bobbing up and down standing on the edge of the hull and hoping not to rip the sail on the mast or an outrigger.
The hull is basically the size of a big canoe, but often water seeped through weak spots. We had to buy cotton from the locals to constantly plug up the holes. Our mast step and rudder both broke during our training sails. We had to cleverly rig both of them in order to keep sailing to the next location. Some other teams’ boats fell apart completely during crossings because the boats aren’t really made for big swells and tons of pressure on the hull and rudder. The Ngalawa has been around for 1,500 years, but they are still used by the locals daily to fish. It took all three of us to sail the Ngalawa decently, but a ten-year-old local Zanzibari kid can manage it, somehow, by himself.
SOME OF THE OTHER TEAMS HAD CONSIDERABLE MORE SAILING EXPERIENCE THAN YOUR TEAM. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU GUYS WON?
The way The Adventurists races work is that they want you to struggle and fail and test your limits. It’s actually quite an accomplishment to even finish any of their races. That said, luck can play a huge role in terms of how nice your boat is and how the weather treats you. But beyond that, I think the reason we won was because we made smart choices and we didn’t push the boat past what it was capable of. We didn’t overthink or overcomplicate anything, simply because we had such little experience that we didn’t even know how to. We stuck to the fundamentals!
We watched when other teams capsized and then tried not to repeat it. We took care of our boat with preventative maintenance. When we saw something that was starting to fail on our boat, we would stop and fix it. Sometimes it was re-lashing an outrigger; other times it was sewing up growing holes in our sail. If we didn’t catch the problems early, we would’ve paid for it. Once we started sailing competently, we used every hour of daylight we were allowed. We woke up at 4:30am to pack up the boat to get ready to sail by 6:00am (the earliest we could start sailing). We would then push our speed and try to reach the furthest island we could by 6:30pm (the latest we could land). On two out of the final three days, we ended up reaching our target island with only two minutes to spare.
ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP SAILING?
Hell yeah! We loved the race and we’ve already discussed splitting the cost for a starter boat and crewing regattas so that we can gain more experience. There’s already talk of around-the-world sailing. For now, maybe we’ll build our own Ngalawa and take it out on Mission Bay. Just look for the big upside down sail and one guy playing on a balance beam off the side of the boat.
Learn more about the Ngalawa Cup. Interested in your own sailing adventure? Start your journey at Mission Bay Aquatic Center.
To highlight all the amazing things our Sports Club athletes, coaches and teams have accomplished this year, we celebrated with the 2016 Sports Club Banquet on June 3rd. Seven individuals were honored at the banquet and won awards because they were nominated by their peers and our staff for their talents and contributions to their teams as well as the program. Congratulations!
The awards are:
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Dylan Shives-Ice Hockey
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Hannah Hurd-Women’s Soccer
MALE CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR
FEMALE CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR
Amy Schwartz-Women’s Soccer
COACH OF THE YEAR
Philip Brault-Women’s Volleyball
JEFF SIMON MEMORIAL AWARD
DUSTIN NEWELL MEMORIAL AWARD
Chris Griebenow-Men’s Volleyball
ONE TEAM AWARD
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Congratulations to our amazing Sports Clubs athletes, coaches, and teams! It sounds like you had an awesome year and we are excited to see what next year holds! If you want to join a UCSD Sports Club team, find out more information here: http://sportsclubs.ucsd.edu/
Looking for a HEALTHY way to become the best version of you? Do you have a desire to get in the best shape of your life? Then make sure to sign up our Weight Loss Solutions Program!
This is an eight-week small group program that takes places in our private Wellness Studio. Pre and post fitness testing as well as a personalized workout will be designed for you by your expert trainer. A Registered Dietitian will meet with you individually for a personal consultation to provide you with nutritional guidelines. With the combined efforts of our Certified Trainer and the R.D. you can look forward to an increase in lean muscle, which stimulates the metabolism. A personalized program is designed for each participant at the completion of each class!
You can sign up at any of our facilities or online. Click here to find available sections each quarter.
Our summer session runs Mondays 6/27–8/25 from 5–6pm
and Wednesdays 6/29–8/24 from 6–7pm
$72.00 Rec Card Holders
$90.00 Non Rec Card Holders
If you have any questions please feel free to email Terri Dowie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swim24Challenge is back at Canyonview August 27-28 from 12pm–12pm. We are calling for anyone who wants to volunteer or participate for a great cause– swim safety and the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation.
The Swim24Challenge brings swimmers of all ages and all levels together for a 24 hour swim relay, groups of 12 participants form a team and they can either compete for glory or just for fun. All swimmers/teams must be registered and have met their minimum required fundraising goal one week prior to the start of the event. They must also sign both a waiver and media release form.
Not a swimmer? That’s ok! We’re looking for both volunteers and participants.
Registration and more details can be found at swim24.org
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