San Diego Sailcast Episode Recap

Episode 017 - Max Brennan

By Casey Allocco & Jared Wohlgemuth | February 22, 2019

This last weekend, SDYC had a busy weekend with the Islands Race and the Women’s Winter Invitational.

Islands Race:

ORR 1 Vitesse*
ORR 2 Lucky Duck
ORR 3 Bretwalda3
ORR 4 Patriot
ORRez Nereid

*Overall winner

Women’s Winter Invitational:
Allie Blecher first in Gold Fleet
Mary Brigden Snow first in Silver Fleet

Max Brennan, 17, recently sailed on Heartbeat during the SDYC Islands Race. He sails out of Newport Sea Base and Balboa Yacht Club, starting in Sabots in Newport Beach, California. After making the transition into FJs, to 420s to 29ers, he jumped into bigger keelboats and began match racing with Balboa Yacht Club.

Max begins by talking about some of his recent successes including his time at Rose Cup and Gov Cup, along with some events that he sailed in Australia. He explains some of the opportunities he was given as a youth sailor in prestigious, international youth sailing events.

He goes on to speak about his current endeavors with the Newport Sea Base, a non-profit in Newport Harbor that is affiliated with Boy Scouts. Max explains how he thinks this is the only youth offshore keelboat racing team in Southern California.

“To be handed the keys to a 45’ boat and say ‘go offshore and take it’ was really awesome,” he said.

Max continues discussing some of the training that goes into the offshore team, how he became the Captain of the team and where their Farr 45, Heartbeat, came from. Because of Heartbeat, Max and his team have been able to sail in bigger, more challenging races.  Max talks about how the transition from local regattas to bigger races.

“It was a big step up for the team,” he explained. Max told host Alli Bell of his responsibilities on and off the water as Captain. “I can go through the checklist, get the boat ready, make sure we have everything and that suits what I like to do very well.”

The goals of the Newport Sea Base team are to get youth sailors experienced and allow them try all of the jobs on the boat.

Max just finished his third Islands Race, the first big offshore event for the SoCal season. He explains how this event is often used as great training for some of the larger offshore events. Max continued to talk about the best parts of the race, the challenging moments and some stories from his time offshore including being pretty close to a whale.

Next up for Max is the Butler Cup in a Catalina 37, the Rose Cup in San Diego, Yachting Cup, the SoCal 300 and maybe even Transpac. Max is hearing back from a variety of colleges where he plans to continue sailing.