With 100 California High School Sailing teams no surprise 60 showed up at Clipper Cove for the February, 2015 PCISA Golden Bear Regatta. 600+ sailors, coaches, parents, chaperones and spectators participated over the course of the two-day, blue sky weekend.
Excuse me – last February? OK, Full disclosure: I plead “out of town without pictures” for that weekend. Hence the big delay in writing this post.
Fall practice for the E*A*S*T Sailing Team started last week (April blog about E*A*S*T) and was a wake-up call to me to get on the favored tack and share the excitement of High School Sailing on Clipper Cove. We’ll check in with their team later this fall.
The real enablers for this blog were photos from Lyn Hines and Steve Harris, plus stories from Mike Segerblom. I now have pictures and can catch everyone up on the PCISA Golden Bear regatta. Formerly The Cardinal Regatta, this event has been held at TISC since 2012. Clipper Cove delivers a unique and perfect venue for High School Sailing with its combination of protected waters, minimal current, good winds and excellent viewing opportunities.
The clockwork-like summer westerlies are “off duty” from November to February. They did show up (late) on Saturday, however Sunday the sailors found themselves racing “out” of the cove rather than “into” the cove – which made for great viewing and iconic photographing but challenging racing. Thanks to the SFYC race committee, the teams raced until sunset.
Clipper Cove was jammed with HS sailors racing in two divisions each with two fleets. You can see the results of the two-day series here: http://pcisa.hssailing.org/schedule/2014-2015/schedule/pcisa-s
Clipper Cove is unique not only in the sailing venue it provides but also in its iconic location. From CC you can see the new Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco’s Skyline and the loading docks in Alameda.
The importance of High School sailing goes way beyond the friends made, seamanship skills, and even life lessons such as goal setting, communications teamwork & leadership. For many students their sailing experience equates to sharing and bonding opportunities during their freshmen years at college. We know firsthand these opportunities are the difference between fitting in and surviving that first tough year vs not making it to the sophomore year.
Regards (Courtesy of Lyn Hines, Steve Harris and Mike Segerblom) from On the Cove,
In the Wake:
Here are a few additional links related to this post.
- Envision Academy of Arts & Technology; Envision Academy Sailing Team (E*A*S*T)
- High School sailing across the US
- Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association is CA, HI, NV, AZ & UT
- Youth & Adult Sailing Programs at Treasure Island Sailing Center
- Another THANK YOU to Lyn Hines Photography for action photos