UCSD Sailing Races for the Rainier Cup
After a delicious bagel breakfast, the team left for the venue around 8:30 in the morning Saturday. When we arrived, we unloaded the boats that we chartered from Washington and began rigging. The wind was initially blowing around 10-15 knots, but it gradually picked up to 20-25 knots later in the afternoon. After a quick competitor’s meeting, A rotation headed out. The racecourse was one of the longest the team had ever sailed, stretching about half a mile upriver from the beach from which we were watching the race. With only nine other schools and a fairly large start line, there was plenty of room for good starts. However, with the current going in the opposite direction as the wind, we had to be careful about leaving enough room for drifting so as not to be over the line before the start. At the Gorge, the wind predominantly comes from one direction: the west. On Saturday, it was blowing from the southwest, meaning that course-left was slightly more favored despite the stronger current on course-right. On Sunday, however, it was completely flipped, coming out from the northeast. Sadly, the wind died down around noon, so we were only able to squeeze in one rotation. Fortunately, we had reached the race threshold on Saturday, so we had enough for the regatta to count. Overall, the varsity team came in second place behind the elusive Cal Maritime, while JV came out on top in first place ahead of Oregon, Western Washington, and Oregon State.