|“That’s the Fastest I’ve Ever Gone in an FJ!”
Regatta Report: PCISA #5 (Gaucho Regatta)
By Adam Corpuz Lahne, StFYC Head Sailing Coach
Feast or famine. That is always the theme when it comes to the Gaucho Regatta, hosted every March by the UC Santa Barbara Sailing Team. This year was no different, with 64 High School teams from across the state competing in winds at both ends of the spectrum. Sailors were challenged by extremely light winds, with chop and large swells to start the day on Saturday, which rapidly turned into a full-on hike fest in the afternoon. With open ocean conditions, and puffs in the upper 20s, a third of the fleet was capsized at the same time; the Race Committee made the decision to postpone the Silver Fleet ashore. While this was disappointing to most of our Silver Fleet sailors, it was a smart move, ensuring the safety of the sailors and the boats.
Sunday was a repeat of Saturday’s conditions, except that no races were sailed before the big westerly breeze filled in. This played into the hands of our sailors, who were able to post some low scores in the heavy conditions. Even better than the solid results were the smiles on the kids’ faces as they came off the water. Ear to ear grins on every one of them, with many exclaiming, “That’s the fastest I’ve ever gone in an FJ”!
In the end, three of our six teams had their best result of the year, with St. Ignatius claiming 2nd and University High School taking 5th in Silver Fleet. In the Gold Fleet the Bay School finished 14th.
Congrats to the Bay School and Convent/Stuart Hall, who both qualified to sail in the PCISA Gold Fleet Championship for the third year in a row!