On December 26th, the day after Christmas, my sister and I got on a plane for Miami. We were going there for the Orange Bowl regatta. I crewed for Kelly Holthus on a 29er and Alice crewed for Piper Holthus on a C420. Kelly and I were not very experienced compared to the other people there since we have only been sailing since the end of August and we went into the regatta with the mindset to learn as much as possible. With the help of the amazing coaches there, I feel we achieved that. The 29ers, Optis, I420s, and Lasers sailed out of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, which was a great facility and they did a good job as hosts.
SDYC Sailcast welcomes Eric Doyle, a World Champion Star and Etchells sailor who was just named the SDAYC Yachtsman of the Year. Eric started sailing as a child in Annapolis, Maryland before his parents took him down the Intracostal Waterway in their Schooner to Mississippi. Eric tells us a little about the sailing activity growing up on the water, getting into the Star Fleet and how he caught the “Star Bug” in college. He talks about his relationships in college with 2018 SDYC Commodore Michael Dorgan. He then speaks of the challenges of the Star boats, explaining how you have to balance everything just right. He continues explaining how Star boats used to sail triangles and how and why that has changed now.
The San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club are celebrating the 10th annual Islands Race on February 15-16, 2019. The decade old, 134 nautical mile race is a signature SDYC offshore regatta co-hosted with Newport Harbor Yacht Club. An expected 25+ boats will start from Long Beach Harbor, make way around Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands and finish in Point Loma.
Matt Cassidy is a professional sailor crewing on the America's Cup Team "American Magic." Host Alli Bell and Cassidy talk about his start to sailing, the College of Charleston team, and a lot of great America's Cup topics including the boats, the preparation, and the progression in technology.
Matt begins by telling us a little bit about his start into sailing including growing up in Michigan with the Junior Program on Boston Whaler Harpoons and his transition into 420s and FJs. Eventually, Matt made his way to the College of Charleston, joined their sailing team, and began the journey of becoming a professional sailor. He talks about meeting life-long friends, the steps to pro sailing and the great four years of success that college sailing gave him.
Congratulations to SDYC's Eric Doyle and Alli Bell who were awarded as the SDAYC Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year at the December 13th SDAYC Meeting at Silver Gate Yacht Club. The San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Foundation was also awarded the Alonzo de Jessop Memorial Award.Eric, Alli and the SDYC SF will be recognized at San Diego Yacht Club's Opening Day ceremony on April 14th.
Craig Leweck, editor and publisher of top sailing news outlet Scuttlebutt Sailing News, joins us to talk about a variety of topics in the sport of sailing including his experience sailing Snipes, a day in the life of Scuttlebutt Sailing News, and his outlook on some controversial topics in the industry.
Host Alli Bell kicks off the conversation asking Craig how he got into sailing. Craig begins be telling us how he grew up at California Yacht Club and the reasons that he stuck with sailing including an active keelboat program and successful sailors in his presence. He reflects on some of his memories racing Hobie 16’s, windsurfers, Pendragon and the variety of opportunities he had to explore the different aspects of the sport.