UCSD Sailing Races Big Boats on the National Stage in Annapolis
From Nov 5-7, the UCSD Sailing Team competed in the 2021 Kennedy Cup regatta, which is the ICSA's big boat national championship. On November 5, we had a practice day, and enjoyed 3 hours on the water practicing on the Naval Academy's 44 foot yachts. At 45ºF, the weather was very cold for us sunny San Diego folk! However it was nice to compete in a new climate. On November 6, we awoke to clear skies and brisk temperatures again as we geared up for the first day of racing. We sailed against 9 other top keelboat programs from around the country, with 2 teams from California, one Michigan team and teams from up and down the eastern seaboard. We completed 4 races on day one, and were very happy with the results, considering the size and scope of the boat we were competing on. We had a long team debrief and went home knowing exactly what to work on for Sunday. On Sunday, we awoke to beautiful sailing conditions yet again, mentally and physically preparing for the final three races of the regatta. We sailed hard, and beat some of the top teams in a couple races. At the end of the day, the John F. Kennedy Cup was presented to the California Maritime Academy for winning. UCSD finished 10th, a solid result for our first national level event and first time sailing at the naval academy. Thanks to the Naval Academy for hosting and providing the yachts, and Congratulations to Cal Maritime on the win!!