Every year, folks in cold climates watch the Rose Parade on TV and decide to move to Southern California.
The annual Rose Bowl Regatta for high school and college students kicks it up a notch by actually inviting the young sailors here for a weekend of sunny sailing.
It was 70 degrees, the sand was warm and the water was inviting at Long Beach’s Granada launch ramp beach, where teams set up basecamp. In past years, the teams were centralized on the Belmont Pier, but this change was a welcome one.
The air temperatures at home for the top three college teams competing were: New York’s Fordham University was 17 degrees, Washington DC’s Georgetown University was 22 and Boston College was a chilly 14. No word yet if any East Coast student sailors are transferring, but Wilson gold fleet skipper, senior Trent Turigliatto, announced he will be attending University of Miami in the fall.
In the silver fleet, Wilson High took second overall, Skipper Dylan Styron, along with crew Charlie Snyder, took two firsts Saturday in light air where they struggled with some mid fleet finishes and on Sunday, they also were able to capture a couple of firsts. In addition, Tara Roger, with Samantha Thompson and Brett Peoples crewing for her, had consistent finishes, including a first on Saturday, that were important to round out the scores.
Styron, who is also on the tennis team and performs with the symphonic orchestra, said, “The best part of the weekend was getting out there on the course and starting every single race with a good, clean and quick start. High school sailing is really won during the start, so my starts helped me a lot through both days.”
In the Long Beach Rowing Association Bay Series 3, Epiphany attracted 91 rowers and 8 coxswains racing in 27 boats. LBRA’s Robert Cringely said, “The MM8+ (men’s eight) stroked by Bill Eldon finished faster than one of the Collegiate Men's 8+ boats, and just 4 seconds from beating another of the Collegiate Men's 8+ boats. This is an accomplishment for our boat, as our average age is 48.”
A.C. Chacon, CSULB rowing coach, reported, “Last weekend marked the return of the UCLA and Long Beach State Cup. On a 37-year hiatus, gathering dust in a cabinet, the cup was brushed off and shined up for the first time since Carter was president; oars were made of wood, and rowing shells weighed as much as a small whale.”
UCLA made a great showing in the Open 4 and CSULB did well in the LWT 4 (lightweight). Overall, after tabulating points, UCLA came in first with 20.5 points and CSULB with 17 points.
Chacon thanked UCLA for giving CSULB something to focus on over semester break. He said, “It’s easy to take this time off and forget about spring racing season. Champions are made in the off-season though, and putting this Cup back in mid-January will keep us sharp for Sprint season as it rapidly approaches. Bringing back the Cup tradition will help to regrow the relationship between UCLA and CSULB and strengthen the sport amongst south coast schools.”
Malibu and Back
Del Rey Yacht Club’s first race of the William Berger & William Stein race series, a 22-mile course to Malibu and back, was raced Saturday by 73 boats. Long Beach YC’s Medicine Man took first, beating out Roy Disney’s Pyewacket by more than four minutes.
Sunday’s Two Gate pursuit race, where the boat starting times are adjusted based on their handicap (resulting in all boats conceivably finishing at the same time), was hosted by Long Beach YC with 27 boats racing. First place winners included: PHRF and Class A- Bob Lane’s Medicine Man from LBYC; Class B- Todd Wheatley’s Gator from Alamitos Bay YC; and Class C- Andy Horning’s Day Tripper II from SLBYC.
The first race of the five-race series of Seal Beach YC Saturday Sailors saw 32 boats racing in five PHRF divisions. First-place winners were: AA- Relentless; A- Code Blue; B- Electra; C –Syndicate; and D- Cardinal Sin.