Just 4 days after the new year began, the UCSD Sailing Team jumped into competition form in Long Beach for the annual Rose Bowl Regatta, hosted by the USC Sailing Team. In addition to competitive sailing, this regatta offered recruitment opportunities, as three high school fleets raced alongside the college teams. The size and scope of the regatta put the pressure on each college team to perform well. The fleet was diverse and very competitive, with college teams from Georgetown University, Jacksonville University, Cornell University, College of Charleston and many other schools traveling to Long Beach for this event. Saturday began with a slight racing delay, a light breeze and lots of sun as Nicholas Dorn and Elly Mcguire-Wien took the water for the first A rotation. They would alternate with Nigel Lipps and Sarah Imai in B division. Both teams sailed well, with Lipps and Imai looking particularly strong. Canyon Breyer took over for Mcguire-Wien in the latter half of the day, as the wind picked up. After the sun had set and racing ended, the USC Sailing Team hosted a recruiting-focused dinner for all college and high school teams. Everyone in attendance watched Breyer give a great short talk about both the team and UCSD in general.
Racing resumed Sunday morning, with sailors hitting the water in a slightly colder climate and similar wind conditions to the previous day. Dorn and Sarah Imai teamed up to sail A Division’s best race of the regatta and proceeded to hand the wheel over to Lipps and Noah Barton, who threw down 3 top 10 finishes to end the weekend on a high note. Racing ended around 3:30, when UCSD Sailing packed up and headed home, satisfied with the results but knowing the things they need to work on most in the coming weeks. Congratulations to Georgetown University on the win and thank you to the USC Sailing Team for hosting such an awesome event!