This weekend I had the opportunity to join the sailing team in Santa Barbara for our final regatta of the quarter. The UC San Diego sailing team has not only provided me a truly awesome outlet for stress, but has also helped me find a close knit family of people that I know I can always count on and always learn from. For me, this weekend involved a lot of learning. I spent all of Saturday as crew for Grant, one of the skippers. He was able to highlight the importance of being a good crew and point out a lot of flaws that by the end of the weekend, I had already noticed myself revising. These revisions allowed us to improve our placement a lot. On average, we placed 10th or 11th out of 18; however, one rough start caused us to begin the race in last place. Due to my improving crew skills, and Grant’s guidance we were able to gain enough ground to still finish 10th which has very uncommon in my experience (gaining that many places). This experience really solidified my love for both the sport of sailing, and the community that the sailing team has created. Continuing on the topic on family, I grew shocking close to the people who endured the pain of a 6 hour car ride to and from Santa Barbara. With the help of good music, awful puns, and new phone games we managed to have a great time and grow closer with a few more specific people on the team, one of which has decided to ensure I’ll have a potato with me at all sailing events (Don’t ask me why, I don’t really know). Last time I was in Santa Barbara, I got a speeding ticket…needless to say; this time has given me far superior memories. I truly couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable weekend. Congratulations to Stanford for winning the regatta. Tritons finished 18th in Varsity and 11th, 13th, 14th, and 18th in JV.