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.
Team San Diego Yacht Club announced they have filed the necessary entry documents and fee required as of the December 1, 2018 deadline set by the New York Yacht Club to compete in the 2019 NYYC Invitational Cup. Team SDYC officially has a spot on the starting line at the 2019 regatta.
“Nick Martin, Nick Kashak, Max Hutcheson, many SDYC members, friends and the Club’s leadership have been working hard since September getting the SDYC’s Invitational Cup effort organized. We are very excited that SDYC is officially entered in the 2019 edition of the NYYC Invitational Cup,” said Resolute skipper Tyler Sinks. “Step 1 is complete. Now the real work begins. This is going to be a very hard fought regatta, no question. Team SDYC has a lot to do to bring the best effort to the starting line next September. The goal is clear, win.”
The 2018 PC National Championships were held Dec. 1-2 on San Diego Bay. Six boats participated in a fun, lively competition. Everyone was watching the weather forecast for rain and breezy conditions, but the weather cooperated beautifully allowing all five races to be sailed for the championship in sunshine.
SDYC was represented by skippers Andy Reiter, Will La Dow, and Scott Sinks, and crews Molly Pleskus, Carissa Crawford, and Rebecca McElvain respectively. We would like to start by saying thank you. Our privilege to represent SDYC at the 2018 US Team Racing Championship would not have been possible without the support of our amazing members, board of directors, and the Competition Fund. We would also like to thank our generous hosts, the Barker family who provided housing, transportation, food, and managed to run the regatta at the same time!