Three SDYC Juniors- Cole Harris, Jack Plavan, and Taisei Hatter- recount their experiences racing in the 2016 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL from December 27-30.
The Georgetown Match Racing Team consisted of A.J. Reiter ’17 (skipper), Roger Dorr '18 (main and spinnaker trimmer), Meaghan MacRae '18 (jib trimmer), and Sean Segerblom '20 (bow). Their coach is Janel Zarkowsky, currently ranked #3 in the U.S. herself. This is Janel’s fifth season of coaching at Georgetown, and her teams have now won three of the last five ICSA Match Race Nationals, and finished third in the other two! The following are excerpts from an interview with the Team after the Championship, by Dave Perry for The Dial Up newsletter.
San Diego Yacht Club is proud to congratulate club members Cole Harris, winner of the Hartley Award as the Junior Yachtsman of the Year, and Joanne O'Dea, winner of the Alonzo de Jessop Memorial Award.
The 2016 College Sailing Match Racing Nationals, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), concluded today on San Diego Bay. After three days of competitive racing, Georgetown University has won the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy.
The #3 ranked match racer in the country, Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.), may be moving up the rankings following this weekend’s triumphant performance in San Diego at the 2016 U.S. Match Racing Championship. The San Diego native earned his first Prince of Wales Bowl in impressive fashion by winning 17 of 18 races, including a 3-0 win over three-time champion, Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.) in Sunday’s Final series. Crewing for Snow was Nick Kaschak (San Diego, Calif.), Alex Curtiss (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and Peter Busch (San Diego, Calif.).
As the final weeks of summer were drawing to an end for others mine was just getting started. For roughly sixteen days, minus two days of break, I was nonstop sailing at three of the most competitive events in junior sailing. The first event was the US Youth Championships held in Coronado, the second was the Chubb US Junior Championships for the Bemis Trophy hosted by Mission Bay Yacht Club, and the final event was the Club 420 North Americans hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.
20 Teams from around the country competed for the prestigious BEMIS trophy in the US Sailing Chubb Junior Championship Regatta. Two teams are selected from each US Sailing Area. Cole Harris/Tanner Chapko and Jack Reiter/Dot Obel are the teams that qualified from Area J.
The 2016 C420 North Americans were held at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club August 18-21, which presented a great opportunity to compete in my first ever major championship. Not only was this my first major championship, but it also was the first time I sailed the C420 in a windy venue.
The U.S. Team Race Championship started Friday August 19th at Sheboygan Yacht Club in Wisconsin. Eleven of the best Team Racing teams in the country were selected by resume to compete in the prestigious event. This year, I teamed up with a group of All Americans from Boston College to try and defend our title at the event.
This years Leiter Cup was full of lasting memories. This regatta has always been my favorite because all the girls form a special connection. At the Ida Lewis Regatta, the same format but in C420s, everyone has their crew or skipper to talk to which does not necessarily make for the best bonding of the girls
The 2016 Club 420 Association North Americans finished today hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club with the Club 420 Class Association. Thirty-five boats competed in the regatta held on the open waters of the Pacific Ocean near the yacht club. This was also the culmination of the Triple Crown series and determined the winners.
In July of 2016 I raced in the Laser North Americans that was held at the Gorge in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The First day we split into two fleets because of the large number of boats sailing. I started out in the blue fleet with about 40 boats on the first day.
This past July, my crew Tanner and I traveled to Cape Cod to compete in the Club 420 Nationals. The regatta was held at Falmouth Yacht Club, an excellent racing venue. We arrived at the yacht club the day before to find perfect sailing conditions.
San Diego born Mark Reynolds grew up sailing Stars since the age of four, eventually becoming an SDYC Junior Sailor and instructor. After attending San Diego State University where he was an All-American in 1974, Mark competed in the ’88, ’92, ’96 and ’00 Olympics, winning gold medals in ’92 and ’00 and a silver medal in ’88. In addition to winning several other Star World Championships, Mark also won the 1979 Pan American Games in the Snipe Class.
Paris Henken isn’t your average laidback 20-year-old from Coronado, CA. In February 2016, Paris and her sailing partner, Helena Scutt, qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in the 49erFX. Though having spent the majority of her childhood at Coronado YC, Paris is now a Junior SDYC Member and a past SDYC Summer Program Instructor, having won SDYC Outstanding Female Sailor of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
San Diego Yacht Club’s Jack Reiter became a back-to-back winner June 4 in Long Beach Yacht Club’s 2016 Junior Match Race Invitational. Eight Southern California skippers were invited to the race sponsored by Kaenon and sailed in Long Beach YC’s fleet of Collegiate FJs, with the requirement of a minimum age of 10 years and a maximum age of 18. One skipper withdrew at the last minute, leaving seven to race the single round-robin match racing format which took place inside Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay Marina.
Recently, my brother Jack and I competed against 34 other boats from throughout North America in the 29er National Championship in Newport, Rhode Island. Preceding the event US Sailing held a 3 day Olympic Development Clinic that prepared us very well for the regatta.
Congratulations to the Will La Dow, Patrick Snow, Jake Reynolds, Scott Sinks, Nevin Snow, Grace McCarthy and Rebecca McElvain, the seven SDYC sailors awarded as College Sailing All-Americans for the 2015-2016 season.
Wounded warriors from all over the country are gathering in San Diego to experience a different type of basic training. They’re setting sail towards improving their lives. The Warrior Sailing program is building relationships and eliminating barriers as wounded, ill and injured service members of all military branches are put to the test and developing new skills.
SDYC hosted the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) Championships in April. Friday and Saturday 11 teams sailed in the 80th Anniversary PCCSC Coed Championship and Sunday 6 teams fought for 2 spots for the Team Race Nationals, also here at the end of May.