Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Port of LA Harbor Cup

Eight members of the Michigan Sailing Team attended the Harbor Cup regatta at the Los Angeles Yacht Club hosted by California Maritime and sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, sailing Catalina 37’s.  After some touring of the LA area, we arrived at the LAYC on Wednesday night and had a great night sleep while staying on LAYC members’ boats.  We had an efficient practice day on Thursday under medium winds and cloudy skies.  Races began on Friday afternoon under sunny skies and windy conditions, which allowed us to complete 2 races where the team finished in 7th for both races.

Saturday greeted us with partly cloudy skies and heavy winds, crew work was excellent and we finished the day with 10, 10, 5, 8, 8.  Saturday night we had a great dinner at the LAYC and a guest speaker, John Craig, the PRO for the 2013 America’s Cup gave a presentation.  Sunday was the warmest day but the wind was still strong, which entailed three races where the team finished, 10, 7, 8.  Competitors included: California Maritime, Maine Maritime, USC, CSU Channel Islands, UC Irvine, College of Charleston, Coast Guard, Navy, SUNY Maritime and The University of Michigan.  This is an invite only event and it was the second consecutive year the U of M team has attended.  We would like to thank Fin and Deborah Bevan for their continuous hospitality on their CAL 40, Radiant and Randy Austin for his hospitality upon Paradis and his help with transportation.  Thank you to the LA Yacht Club for another great year at Harbor Cup! Go Blue!
-Elizabeth Smith '14