Wednesday, March 14, 2012

LAYC presents Harbor Cup 2012

Last weekend, seven members of the Michigan Sailing Team traveled to Los Angeles, California to sail in the 2012 Harbor Cup regatta hosted by LAYC and California Maritime.  David Oliver, Ansley Semack, Liz Smith, Kathryn Burt, Tanner Depriest, Vittorio Bichucher, and Chris Oliver flew out of Detroit on Thursday morning ready for some sailing in the sunshine with 9 other teams.

Friday, we set out on the Catalina 37s into sunny skies and great wind.  First race, Michigan led the fleet around the windward mark.  The two races on Friday resulted in a 3rd and 9th.

Saturday began with a postponement where our winter wolverines were happy to jump in and swim around the Pacific while the rest of the teams thought we were crazy.  Wind filled in slightly and we raced 4 races which resulted in  6, 10, 10, and 7.

Saturday night we ate a delicious dinner at the Yacht Club and listened to Stan Honey, co-founder of Sport Vision and the director of technology for the 34th America's Cup give an incredible presentation about the technology he has created for the America's Cup.

Sunday we began with one race which we finished in 9th.  After a brief postponement we finished up the day with another 9th and a 7th.  Finishing 9th overall, we cannot thank the Los Angeles Yacht Club enough for a truly amazing weekend, the accommodations, food and sailing were fantastic.  I know that I speak on behalf of the rest of the sailors that attended when I say we all had an incredible weekend and hope to be back next year!!