Members of the club sailing program at Long Beach State have brought home big honors.

Here is a team release:

A Special Congratulations to 2 members of the CSULB Sailing Team, Dustin Durant & Shane Young (CSULB Sailing Team co-president). Team Durant, (Dustin & Shane +crew) won the coveted Ficker Cup Regatta, March 22nd- 24th hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. This win qualified them for their first Congressional Cup, March 27th – 31st. When all was said & done, Team Durant had 4 wins at the World Class Congressional Cup Regatta, representing Long Beach Yacht Club & the USA!

While Dustin & Shane were finishing the last day of the Congressional Cup, in Long Beach, the remaining members of the team (CSULB) headed to San Francisco for the St. Francis Invitational, March 31st – April 1st, with Chase Young (co-president) & Mark Ryan as skippers, along with Foya Lazare & Kristen Barca, as crew. The weather conditions were extreme and potentially dangerous with wind gusts up to 38 knotts. Due to multiple capsizes (boat flips), the team had to make a difficult decision not to participate in 3 races. The team felt it was better safe than sorry but this unfortunately put them in 22nd place for the day.

Early Sunday morning, April 1st, skippers, Shane Young & Dustin Durant flew to San Francisco for the final day of the St. Francis Invitational, with Chase Young & Mark Ryan as crew. CSULB’s heavy-air-team staged a spectacular come back from 22nd place to 10th. Finishing in the top 5 in the majority of the races, qualifying the CSULB Sailing Team for their very first PCC South Championship Regatta.

Be sure to support your very own CSULB Sailing Team at the PCC South Championship Regatta in Santa Barbara, April 28th – 29th.

For further information please contact Shane Young, President CSULB Sailing Team, 562-556-1118 or

Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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