sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - 10 colleges ready to race
Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - 10 colleges ready to race


'Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2012'    Rich Roberts ©

The most talented collegiate big boat sailors in the United States are converging on the nation's premier shipping locale for the sixth Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta Friday through Sunday.

It should be extraordinary. As the port continues to develop, the event also has grown so well that the problem is not attracting talented teams; it's picking ten competitors out of the many that apply . . . and then picking a winner.

While the Port of Los Angeles is the sponsor and Los Angeles Yacht Club the regatta organizer and host, the California Maritime Academy of Vallejo in northern California is not only the inviting school but the double defending champion, seeking its third consecutive victory in the West Coast's only intercollegiate big boat regatta.

Last year's win was a test of the Keelhaulers' resolve. They won four of the first five races over the first two days, then suffered a sail control breakdown in the sixth race and started the last day with a premature start in the first of three races Sunday. They fought their way back to finish fourth following each of those setbacks and win the regatta by six points.

Skipper Matthew Van Rensselaer, now a senior, said, 'We do a good job of keeping calm and staying in clear air. I was trying to keep as calm as I could.'

Other members of this year's crew are five juniors and one freshman. The Keelhaulers also have a new coach, Parker Mitchell, while Charlie Arms remains director of sailing for the academy.

Their strongest competition could come from the U.S. Naval Academy that returns with an entirely new seven-person crew but a recent record of winning the 2012 Kennedy Cup---intercollegiate sailing's big boat national championship---plus six first places in other East Coast events the past season and a fifth place in the World Cup at La Rochelle, France.

Arms said, 'This team hasn't sailed together as much, although we got second in the Kennedy Cup, and we've been practicing on our 39-foot boat. Navy, for sure, is going to be tough, as is USC.'

A sleeper could be the College of Charleston, S.C., whose collegiate success to date includes only dinghy class events but presents its 'first true offshore varsity team' from both coasts with veterans of the Transpacific Yacht Race, the Newport-Bermuda Race and other ocean events on board.

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta -  Madeleine McJones   Click Here to view large photo

A local favorite, USC, the winner in 2010 and runnerup last year, still has veteran skipper Max Hutcheson at the helm but a rebuilt crew including two freshmen and three sophomores.

Other contestants are two-time winner Maine Maritime, SUNY Maritime of New York, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the University of Michigan and two California teams, UC Irvine and Cal State U. Channel Islands.

Most of the crews will include one or two women.

All will race Catalina 37s chartered from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. Some of the teams have been practicing on the boats---best known for the Congressional Cup world-class match racing event---since last week.

A total of 10 races are scheduled over the three days, starting at 2 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, conditions permitting. The race course will be on the open ocean west of the L.A. Harbor entrance, visible from Point Fermin Park.

Competitors have been advised to bring their foul-weather gear. The forecast calls for some rain showers and 58 degrees F. Friday, cloudy and 63 Saturday and sunny and 67 Sunday.

John Craig, principal race officer for the America's Cup competition at San Francisco later this year, will be the featured speaker for a Saturday evening dinner at the club.

Last year's final standings - (nine races; no discards)

1. Cal Maritime, 1-5-1-1-1-4-4-3-6, 26 points.
2. USC, 6-3-2-3-7-1-3-5-1, 31.
3. CSU Channel Islands, 2-1-3-2-8-5-5-7-3, 36.
4. SUNY Maritime, 5-2-9-6-4-2-6-4-2, 40.
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 4-8-7-5-2-8-1-1-5, 41.
6. Mass. Maritime, 7-4-5-4-5-3-8-2-RAF/10, 48.
7. Maine Maritime, 9-6-10-7-3-9-2-6-4, 56.
8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 8-7-4-8-6-6-7-8-9, 63.
9. U. of Michigan, 3-9-6-10-10-7-9-9-7, 70.
10. UC Berkeley, 10-10-8-9-9-10-10-10-8, 84.

Event website


by Rich Roberts

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=107241

8:38 PM Wed 6 Mar 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World



















HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US