Robbie Haines, Olympic Gold Medalist and seven time World Champion, joins host Alli Bell on the San Diego Yacht Club Sailcast to talk about the Olympics and his experiences racing with with Roy Disney’s Pyewacket.
Robbie started sailing on a sabot his father built while at sea working for Scripps. At eight years old, he sailed solo from San Diego to Coronado. After racing Sabots, Robbie talks about his transition through Penguins and Catamarans to Solings. He reminisces about winning one regatta in South Bay that changed his confidence and let him to sailing Stars. He then moves on to stories about Star Worlds in 1973 where they unexpectedly took 7th out of 60.
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.