The days have gotten a little short on sunlight recently but we feel like that shouldn’t hinder anyone’s training! We encourage our sailors to come down to our planned Friday Afterschool Sailing events listed below. Some of these special days will be ended with debriefs and seminars from guest superstars!
Doublehanded Spinnaker Day
Sailors will practice in double-handed boats complete with spinnakers. Focus will be on: spinnaker sets/douses, gybes, and trim.
Debrief will include in-depth discussion on spinnaker trim and usage.
Winter Solstice Glow-stick Practice
Back by popular demand! SDYC’s famed night sailing practice on the Winter Solstice! We will be racing on through nightfall so dress warm and prepare to test your night racing skills.
Team SDYC at the America's Cup Open in O'pen Bics
Article by Jack Plavan
Over August 16-18, Jack Plavan, Jack Egan, and Taisei Hatter had the opportunity to go to San Francisco to sail in the America's Cup Open in O'pen Bics with many qualified kids coming from all over the world.
On the first day which was practice, it was 20-25 knots and we all had a ton of fun planing around and getting accustomed to the conditions. On the second day (the first race day), it was about ten knots to start out in the morning which was good for the required capsizes and other "tricks" we had to do as part of the race.
We did four races then took a break because the AC72s were racing right behind us in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals. It was really cool to watch the AC72s. Then we did four more races because it got too windy for AC72s. After the first race day all three of us were in the top ten of 25!
The second day was windy and choppy, peaking around 17-18 knots and it was another outstanding day for SDYC.
After finishing the last of 16 races over 2 days, we went to the awards stage in the America's Cup Village for trophies. Jack Egan ended up fourth, me in seventh, and Taisei in ninth of the 25 boat field. There was some very tough competition such as Harry Melges IV, Mikey Wollman and Peter Dill, who had all done very well in the 100 boat O'pen Bic Worlds in Lake Garda, Italy earlier this summer, but this was only our fist time racing the Bics ever!. It was surreal with all the america's cup boats and teams right behind us and being on TV! It was the most spectated junior regatta ever and we were very happy to be a part of this fun regatta and proud to represent SDYC in the Americas Cup show.
2014 Junior Board Election Results
Congratulations to the newly elected 2014 Junior Board of Directors! This is a wonderful group of young leaders, so I think we can all expect big things next year!
A Fleet Winner: Max Brill, MBYC
B Fleet Winners: David Wood, BYC
C Fleet Winner: Joshua Means, BCYC
Senior Fleet Winner: Hans Henken, CYC
Point Loma High School Sailing Team Does It Again!
SDYC-based Point Loma High School Sailing Team defended its title as ISSA Team Race National Champions this past weekend in Davis Island, Florida. Twelve high schools from around the country competed over Memorial Day weekend for the coveted Baker trophy. Point Loma finished Saturday's qualifying round-robin undefeated with a record of 11-0. Sunday's final round robin left the door open for competition as the top 4 teams sailed each other twice with scores carrying over. The final race pitted Point Loma against the Antilles school from the US Virgin Islands in a race which if Antilles won would force a tie-breaker round to determine the overall victor. Point Loma persisted to win this race with a 1,2,4 combination taking home the crown of 2013 Team Race National Champions! A huge congratulations to the PLHS Sailing Team and Coach Steve Hunt on their win!