Underclassmen Sailors Take 1st Place at Frosh/Soph Regatta!

UBC Sailing underclassmen take 1st place at Frosh Soph Regatta and finish Term 1 strong!

This is a unique regatta as it is a learning experience for incoming sailors new to university racing and competition, but also a chance to showcase new talent. Freshmen and Sophomores are the main focus of the competition, but if a 3rd or 4th year wishes to participate, they must switch to a position they less frequently race in. So, a skipper will have to crew, and an upperclassman crew can have a shot at skippering, giving everyone a chance to really push themselves.

The sailors were driven down by 4th year Laura (unofficial team mom) and faced some very strong and shifty wind conditions. Skipper Richard Minielly (1st) with crew Molly Voltz (1st year) placed 4th in B Fleet and scored a bullet (first place). Skipper Georg Lauritsen (1st year) and crew Janie Velghe (2nd year) took first place in A Fleet taking 3 bullets making it an epic weekend just below the border!

On Saturday, puffs derived form the south of Lake Whatcom, WA and varied between 12-23 knots. There was another gale warning on warning as the pressure held between a solid 15-20 knots. A spike to 25 during the 7B Fleet race caused the Race Committee to usher boats to shore as they crossed the finish line.

With the high-wind conditions, it was a very physical regatta. Teams went out only if they felt comfortable as there were many capsizes on the water. There were a few difficulties with equipment, so safety was the main priority and is reflected in the scores.

UBC would like to thank Andrew and Ashley Nelson for providing excellent feedback to each boat, Western Washington University for hosting the regatta, and Spencer Shear & roommates for housing our team!

 

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Underclassmen sailors Richard, Georg, Janie, and Molly celebrate the win with 4th year mentor Laura Stewart

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This chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division. The first place team as of a given race will always be at the top of the chart. The spacing from one team to the next shows relative gains/losses made from one race to the next. You may hover over the data points to display the total score as of that race.