Cameron Feves won the 2019 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup. Feves and crew, including Lukas Kraak, Justin Zmina, and Taylor Milefchik earned the title last Sunday, following three days of closely contested match racing between 10 teams on San Diego Harbor.
”I think in the end it was our boat speed and good starts that really set us apart.” said Feves, who graduated from Long Beach Poly Center for International Curriculum in 2018.
The current George Washington University student continued, “The four of us sailed for the first time on Wednesday but I have sailed with each of them for many years individually. I sailed with Taylor on the Poly team and in college at GW. I have been long time teammates with Justin and Lukas in J22 and Lasers.”
Taylor Milefchik, who started sailing at Alamitos Bay YC at age 6, said, “I’m just really excited about this win. It was a long five days, but we prevailed and I love these guys even more because of it. We had the best time together even through the rough patches. Our competition was incredible and I am just so psyched to have had such a great regatta and such a great time.”
When Milefchik, who has taught sailing at ABYC, was asked about being one of the few female competitors she said, “Having women in this regatta brought us all together and we all supported each other 100 percent. There were no hard feelings at all because we all earned our spots on our teams and it was incredible seeing the power we had over everything that happened. It is the most amazing feeling to know that we all contributed to each other in spirit and in physical ability. I felt supported by every woman there and I personally supported every woman there. I could not have had the strength to get through any of it without all the support the women gave me.”
The 50th running of the famous 2,560-mile yacht race across the Pacific has almost 100 entries. According to their Facebook page, “The Transpacific Yacht Race will sail from Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.” There are three starts, July 10, 12 and 13, with the slower boats starting earlier, and making the Honolulu finish more intense. The race is famous for fast downwind sailing under spinnaker in the trade winds.
Some of the notable women sailing Transpac this year include: Taxi Dancer’s owner Mary Compton, Medicine Man’s navigator Lisa Meier, Blonde Fury’s owner Heather Furey, Zimmer’s co-skipper Samantha Gebb, along with Cal Maritime’s Hailey Thompson and Emi Stephanoff in the pit.
Speaking of gals at sea — the movie Maiden is more than a chick flick. The story of Maiden's upstart, defiant run at the Whitbread Round the World Race has all the elements of an epic adventure tale — 50-foot waves, life and death drama, near-mutiny, thrilling victory — grounded in a perceptive group portrait of a team of courageous young women.
They pioneered the sport of long-distance racing for the women who followed and inspired women in all fields to prove themselves the equal of men. The documentary is playing in Long Beach at the UA Marketplace, 6601 Pacific Coast Hwy on July 12.
The ultimate breaker of glass ceilings on the high seas is Cunard Captain Inger Thorhauge. Thorhauge is Cunard’s first woman captain and she earned it by working her way through the ranks. She and more than two thousand Queen Elizabeth passengers will make a rare Long Beach harbor visit today, July 4, to salute RMS Queen Mary and draw attention to a new visitor attraction, the Cunard Story, set to open on the Queen Mary tomorrow, July 5.
The "Royal Rendezvous" with sister ship MS Queen Elizabeth will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m. — just before the fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.