UCSD Sailing at the Hawaii Regatta!
This weekend the sun goddess went to the beautiful land of hawaii for a competition! The competition was fierce but the hosts were incredibly welcoming. The regatta was a round robin with all teams constantly switching from boat to boat. The event started with the Hawaii coach introducing everyone on all the teams and some women's team bonding!. Then the races began. Ultimately the wind was really shifty and inconsistent, at first our team struggled to recognize the wind shift patterns. However after a couple races we were able to get into the flow of things by understanding that for once the middle of the course had the best wind! The “A” boat even came second in one of the races beating the Stanford boat! Furthermore our amazing alternates were able to sub in and also get some experience! The second day the conditions were even more shifty; the crews kept going in and out of the boat attempting to maintain the boat stable. At the end of the day there came a massive storm and the course diagram was switched to be a triangle. FJs were flying on the reach! At the end of the last race for A there came a massive storm and the two light sailors struggled to keep the boat flat but managed not to capsize! Despite the Santa Barbara boat almost ramming into them after a mark rounding. Furthermore the “B” boat had a break in their boat that the vang was not kleeting. This is especially detrimental in heavy wind! Luckily the Hawaii coach saved the day by fixing the boats!