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SCSN Special Report: Julia Jaynes Interview

October 22, 2019 – Long Beach, CA via Seattle, WA

Long Beach native Julia Jaynes just recently competed in the 2019 LEMWOD (Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design Challenge) as part of the Hawaii Yacht Club Team led by skipper Annie Gardner. The event was held over the weekend of October 12-13, 2019 in Catalina 37s and Cal 20s at Long Beach Yacht Club. Julia recently graduated from CSULB as a President’s Scholar with numerous awards and accolades. She was a member of the CSULB Sailing Team and grew up learning to sail at Leeway and ABYC. At her young age she has already given back to the sport of sailing by working as an instructor at Leeway Sailing Center and participating as a member of the race committee in last year’s 29er Worlds in Long Beach as well as an umpire at the US Sailing Match Racing Qualifiers. She has also supplied content (articles and pictures) for SCSN over her college years. Julia recently moved to Seattle where she started a career at Microsoft. Your SCSN Editor asked Julia for an interview about her experience at this event and she accepted.

Julia steering in the 37 after a long day of racing

Hi Julia, thanks for taking the time to sit down and talk sailing! Hope all is well. How are things going for you starting a new career and moving to a new city? A lot of changes for you!

It’s been really exciting to move to a new city and start work with a really great company. Seattle is definitely a lot colder and wetter than Southern California, but I love it so far.

What got you interested in sailing? From what I know, I think you pursued it on your own initiative. Is that right?

I was at Alamitos Bay on a summer day and saw other kids sailing sabots. I went home and told my parents that it looked so cool, and I wanted to learn. My parents signed me up for lessons at the Leeway Sailing Center, and I was hooked. I am really grateful that Long Beach has such a great sailing community that I got to be a part of. I did summer racing programs at ABYC and high school sailing with Long Beach Poly which were really great in setting a strong sailing foundation.

It looks like the LEMWOD was another successful event where new friendships were made and old friendships cemented and strengthened. How special is that, that our sport of sailing really brings people together!

Yes, I totally agree with that. I was really fortunate to be sailing on the same boat with my friend and fellow CSULB Sailing Team alumna, Sunny Scarbrough. And we also got to make a lot of great connections with the women on our boat and on the other teams. While the team I was on, Hawaii Yacht Club, had our eyes set out on first, it was really awesome to see my former coach, Allie Blecher win the event. I’ve made a lot of great friendships through sailing and now have friends all over the world because of the sport.

What crew position did you have on the boat?

I did pit, which is my normal position on the 37s. The team I was on was really great as we got to try out different positions throughout our practices which was awesome getting a little taste of everything. I believe it helped us to get the boat more in sync through us understanding all the roles.

How was the team assembled?

Allie Tsai organized our team. It was mostly through word of mouth but also through showing interest in women’s sailing. I was really lucky that two of my good friends race at Wet Wednesdays on Allie’s boat. I told them I wanted to get more involved with keelboat racing and eventually sail in a LEMWOD so they helped to introduce me. Allie really wanted to bring together a boat to strive for the best and empower women in sailing to achieve more which resonates with me. She brought together women in sailing who are strong, quick learners, and want to better themselves and the overall team.

Packing the boat up with Denise Eldredge and Julie Mitchell

What are some of the things you learned from your experience at this event? 

I learned a lot throughout the event. The most awesome thing was realizing how great women sailors are at not only getting the job done but also creating community. I also really grew in my voice and confidence on boat. It can be intimidating when you are the youngest and probably have the least keelboat experience. I realized a strong dinghy background provides a great basis for racing and I shouldn’t be afraid to speak up. Another great thing was having so much support and coaching from a lot of great male sailors as well. It made me realize in general the men also want the women to have success out on the water. I really got to fine tune my timing in the pit for better sets and roundings. The weekend overall was really empowering and one of the most fun regattas I had sailed. It was really great to see so many women out racing on the water and got me even more excited for future regattas and possibly bringing together my own women’s team in the future.

The wealth of sailing talent at this event was really well spread across all ages – it must have been quite a valuable experience for you to sail with some of the best women sailors , especially your skipper Annie Gardner.

I am extremely fortunate to have gotten to race with Annie Gardner as well as our tactician Katie Pettibone. They have accomplished so much in their sailing careers and really helped pave the way for women sailors. It was really cool to hear how they were thinking about not only the races themselves but setting up a game plan for the overall regatta. They are both super nice, supportive women that really love the sport. They really help set the tone for our boat, that we were going to work hard and strive for the best but also realize we are doing this for the love of the sport. They really helped to keep the boat on task but also positive and fun.

Any tips and advice you have for young women who want to learn to sail and compete in this sport?

I think sailing, especially as a woman, is a lot about dedication and courage. If you want to learn to sail, there are a lot of great opportunities at local sailing center and yacht clubs. I think dinghy racing is a great place to start. It can be intimidating as sailing is still a very male dominated sport. However, if you stay dedicated and work hard, you will be rewarded with opportunities. You also have to be courageous and not be afraid to participate, learn, and get a few bumps and bruises. I also think a big part about growing and getting opportunities in sailing is by not being afraid to ask. Ask the questions about what someone is doing to get their boat going fast; ask what you can do to help; ask if that boat you’ve always wanted to sail on is having practice days that you can crew at. I also think especially as women sailors we have to advocate a little bit more. Let others know that you can and want to do a certain roles on the boat; that you want to learn and are willing to work hard.

What things in sailing are on your bucket list to do as time goes on?

I haven’t done any offshore racing yet and would really like to get into that. I would eventually want to sail a TransPac.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I’m really grateful to be a part of a sport that is something I can do for the rest of my life. Sailing has taught me so many skills, not only how to make boats go fast but also life skills that I know have served me well. I feel really fortunate.

Thanks so much Julia for taking the time for this interview. I am sure it will inspire some young women to want to get in the sport of sailing and show what opportunities are out there for them.

Team Hawaii Yacht Club: (Standing L:R) Smith, Julie Mitchell, Katie Pettibone, Denise Eldredge, Alice Tsai, Jennifer Simonsis, Sabine Suessmann, Julia Jaynes; (Sitting) Randy Smith, Sunny Scarbrough, Annie Gardner, Holly Sweet Davis, Chuck Skewes

Roy Disney, Seahorse Sailor of the Month

Skipper and owner Roy Disney of Pyewacket and talented crew absolutely deserve this award and more.

Read the below linked article to Scuttlebutt– and take special note of the last paragraph:


“But that is why Pyewacket’s rescue of the crew of the sinking OEX should be recognized, there were other less fancied yachts a similar distance from the stricken boat but it was an instant call to abandon his own race and do the right thing, sadly not everyone is always quite so selfless.”


I would hope the the Transpac Race Organizer and the US Sailing safety committee are opening up investigations into why there was only one competitor that responded when many more were around.

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SAN DIEGO’s Mark Reynolds ON 2019 FINALIST LIST AS Olympic Hall of Fame INDUCTEE

There are 15 finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019, but only one San Diegian. Tabitha Lipkin caught up with a sailor on that list that has traveled the world, but holds the 92106 area code close to his heart.

San Diego native nominated for Olympic Hall of Fame

There are 15 finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019, but only one San Diegian. Tabitha Lipkin caught up with a sailor on that list that has traveled the world, but holds the 92106 area code close to his heart.

Posted by Tabitha Lipkin on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

List of Olympic Finalists and Bios

Mark Reynolds

1988 – Sailing
Silver: Star
1992 – Sailing
Gold: Star
1996 – Sailing
8th: Star
2000 – Sailing
Gold: Star


  1. After winning the gold in 2000, Reynolds was named World Sailing’s and U.S. Sailing’s Yachtsman of the Year. These awards are considered the highest honor in the sport of sailing globally and in the United States, respectively.
  2. Won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games.
  3. Reynolds was a two-time world champion in 2000 and 1995. He has eight world championship medals in the Star class.
  4. Reynolds is a 10-time continental champion.
  5. In 1989 and 1992, he was named Athlete of the Year for Sailing by the USOC.


  1. Reynolds is the most decorated Olympic sailors in U.S. history. In three of the four Games he attended, he earned a medal (two gold, one silver). In 1996 (Reynold’s worst Games performance) he still placed in the top 10.
  2. Off the water, Reynolds is extremely motivated and an incredible team player. While he was training for the Olympics, he simultaneously worked as a sailmaker. He not only designed the sails for all three of his medal-winning boats, but also those for his competitors.
  3. Reynolds’ dedication to fostering U.S. Olympic sailing transcends dedication to his own campaigns. In 2008, 2012 and 2016, Reynolds served as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. In 2016, even after the Star class was eliminated from the Olympic Games, Reynolds shared his expertise by coaching the U.S. Men’s Laser sailor, Charlie Buckingham. With guidance from Reynolds, Buckingham finished his first Olympic Games’ in the boat widely renowned as the most competitive Olympic class in 11th place.
Image: “Hal and Mark” – Painting by Jim Dewitt

• Competed in Star at four Olympic Games (1988-2000), three of them alongside Hal Haenel (1988-96).
• Four-time Olympian and three-time medalist, including two golds.
• Won six world championship medals in Star, including golds in 1995 and 2000.
• He also won a Star gold medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games, and a silver medal in the Snipe class at the 1979 Pan American Games.
• He learned to sail from his father, James Reynolds, who was a 1971 world champion in Star, as crew for Dennis Conner.
• Attended San Diego State University, graduating in 1979.
• Was named the 2000 ISAF/Sperry World Sailor of the Year, and in 2002, he was inducted into the World Sailing Hall of Fame.

Mark Reynolds represents the qualities of a model Olympian. He is an avid supporter of U.S. Sailing and Olympic excellence, an extremely talented athlete, and is dedicated to fostering the next generation of champions. During Reynold’s tenure dominating the Star class, he displayed a vast depth of skill and sportsmanship.

Socal’s Vince Brun Inducted into the Class of 2018 National Sailing Hall of Fame

2018 Inductee Vince Brun: Click on image for bio.

NSHOF Class of 2018 Inductees


Coast Guard to the Rescue in the California Offshore 300 Race

From Latitude 38 :

Coast Guard rescues in the recently completed California Offshore 300 Race.

Special Report: SoCal Long Beach Native Brian Kent Checks in with SCSN

SoCal Long Beach Native Brian Kent just participated as the navigator in the recent record setting Sydney to Hobart race aboard the New Zealand Greg Elliott Designed Fifty foot RanTan.

Ran Tan

SCSN got in touch with Brian, who makes his home now in New Zealand, to get his take on this epic race which he and his team finished in less than two days!


Brian Kent

Ran Tan Profile

Hi Brian, great to get in touch with you.  Thanks for the interview.  Tell us about the boat you raced on and the team assembled to race her.

Ran Tan II is a canting keeler that was not designed to any particular rule, but meant to perform well in longer coastal and offshore races. She is narrow and light, and a joy to sail. (Think the 30′ Magic from the old days!) Owner Brian Peterson has done heaps of racing over the decades including winning the two handed Melbourne to Osaka race several years back. Our team was hand picked by Brian with an assist from Richard Bicknell from North Sails NZ. We had a wide range of age, skills and experience that complemented the roles needed to sail the boat fast and hard. I was fortunate enough to be able to fill the navigator’s role.

What were the team’s goals and aspirations for the Sydney/Hobart Race?

The IRC rule does not treat Ran Tan too kindly, so we were realistic about our chances on handicap. We owed all the TP 52’s and other 50’s a bit of time. Our goal was to finish, sail the best race possible, and have an awesome adventure along the way!

Brian’s preparation of the boat was flawless. If it needed doing, it was done. We are pretty over the moon with our end result.

Your elapsed time of 1 day, 23 hours with a 50 footer was amazing!  What perfect conditions to accomplish this.  Did you prep the boat in any special way given the forecast for the race?

This year’s race turned into the ultimate downwind send of a lifetime! The forecast started coming together the week before the race, enough so that I did not want to talk about it for fear of jinxing it. A unique thing about the Hobart race is that you have to be prepared for anything and everything. The weather in Bass Strait changes very quickly. A 6-hour shift in what happens as compared to the forecast can make a huge difference. On Christmas day, there was a 25 knot southerly blowing across the race track, and as we approached the Derwent River near the finish, a forecast 20 knot southerly change came through, closing the door on the boats behind us. The weather gods were smiling on Ran Tan II!

Tell us about the prod getting snapped off, that must have been an event that took some great crew work to recover from.

We had a major setback in our race about 160 miles from Tasman Island. We went down the mine at about 27 knots, stuffing the bow in, grinding to a halt, and breaking our prod. The broken prod went up through the A4 sending it to bits. We were directly upwind of the finish and had no ability to fly an A-sail in the strong breeze and sea state.   Once we got the mess cleaned up, the beauty of the Ran Tan design came into play. It doesn’t take much sail to get the boat up on a plane and on the go. We put up the jib, headed up about 20 degrees and took off again. We got an anticipated lifting shift overnight which we gybed on and that eased the pain somewhat and kept us in contact.   Best guess is that the prod break added about 3 hours to our elapsed time. When you are pushing hard, that’s racing.

Were there any navigational challenges?  What did you do to prepare for this role?

The weather that this race can throw at you is legendary. On top of that, there are strong (2 knots +) currents that run up and down the east coast of Australia and through Bass Strait. These currents are cyclonic in nature, rotating much like the atmospheric highs and lows above. The sea surface that we play on is in between the currents and the weather. The navigational challenge is to put the boat in the best place to utilize/minimize these factors.

This was my first Sydney to Hobart. I spent months preparing, and had access to some wise, experienced navigators to fill in the gaps. In the end, I was very satisfied with the course we sailed, and other than a very average start, would not really change anything.

 So will you do the S2H Race again?

 Ha! Everyone I know is telling me to tick that box and run, run as fast as you can because there will never be better weather for the race. They are probably right about the weather, but I still enjoy the challenge, and can still go upwind, so we will see….

What are your thoughts on the S2H experience?

The whole Sydney to Hobart race experience reaffirmed to me why I love doing this stuff so much and can’t give it up. It reminded me of TransPacs and Mexico races from long ago. A great race, a special team, time with family and friends.

We rented a 150-year-old villa about 10 minutes from the boat in Sydney. The whole crew was there days before and we stayed together. My lovely, understanding wife Bridget joined us as did our daughter Marie who has been living in Sydney since early last year. On Christmas Day I roasted a 10lb pork shoulder, everyone else pitched in and we had a fabulous meal. Throw in a comical Secret Santa exchange and an excellent Christmas. The next day’s start was never too far from our minds.

Arriving in Hobart is pretty special. The town turns it all on and all the boats are in the same marina right in town. That Ala Wai feeling….

I understand that Ran Tan is going to spend the rest of the summer in Australia competing on the circuit so to speak.   What are the racing plans?

I delivered the boat to Melbourne after the race with some of the race crew and Marie. About 450 miles up through the other side of Bass Strait. Really nice to do the trip with Marie.  We are going to sail the Australian Championships out of Sandrigram YC next week and then Geelong Race week the following weekend. After that it is back to NZ for some R&R, and then a probable race to New Caledonia in June.

What other types of sailing are you doing?

I have been pretty focused on Ran Tan for the last year or so and that has taken my available time. Bridget races on a local Elliott 30′ called Hysteria. Great bunch of people passionate about going sailing.

A couple of years ago, I was getting the hankering for some one-design sailing. I happened to read that a class called the Flying 15 was having their worlds here the following year, did some homework, turned out I had friend who was in the class, found a boat, bought it and got to work. With Bridget as my crack crew, we spent the next 10 months getting sorted and went to the worlds.   Our highlight was in race 4, leading the 65 boat fleet around the first W/L! Like the old days in Snipes, great people and fun.

Anything else you would like to add?

Thanks for the opportunity to reconnect with all our SoCal sailing friends. We have been away for a while now, but still think of you all often and smile. Make sure you find us if you head this way!

Thanks Brian!  Have a great summer and we look forward to following Ran Tan’s Racing adventures.

New Zealand Herald Ran Tan Article


I thought this photo I took shortly after we docked in Hobart of Ran Tan Racing summed up our Rolex Sydney Hobart race pretty well. Shredded bow stickers from relentless on the edge high speed downwind sailing. Some of the best ever for me. The other feature is the missing prod which broke when we went down the mine at pace about 165 miles from the finish. We were unable to fly kites after that, adding 3 to 4 hours to our race time. Missing from the photo is the the fantastic team that it was a privilege to sail with. Race as hard as possible, and laugh all the way to Hobart. Good friends. This race has been on my list for a while. Feeling very lucky to have been part the team on Ran Tan II and make it happen!


FLASHBACK:  SCSN Mike van Dyke 2014 Sydney to Hobart Interview on Rio 100


Lost and Found Files: 29er Sail

SCSN received an inquiry today through the website: “I found a sail on the interstate with the sail #1413 29er class. I am trying to locate the owner.”

If this is your sail or you know who it belongs to, message me through the website.  I will put you in contact with the finder.

Editor’s Note: Thank you for those who checked in – Problem Solved!!


Bruce Golison driven to be the best skipper in the world


 Nina K. JussilaNovember 9, 2017

Local sailor placed third in the J/70 North American Championship.

Bruce Golison, member of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club for about 40 years, has a passion for competitive sailing and a strong desire to be the best in the world.

He just recently returned from the J/70 North American Championship on the East Coast, happy to have placed in the top three after having only raced in the class for less than two years.

“I love sailing in very competitive classes. That’s why we are in the J/70 class,” Golison told The Log. “Right now, it’s a big class and a big fleet.”

Bruce Golison skippered his boat, Midlife Crisis, along with crewmembers Peter Kinney, Erik Shampain and Steve Hunt; they placed third among a fleet of 53.

He has sailed into first place at other East Coast and West Coast competitions.

Golison was the winning skipper in his class in the NOOD Regatta in Annapolis, Maryland earlier this year and overall in San Diego last year.

He qualified for the 2016 NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands, but said he was not able to compete due to scheduling conflicts.

“Probably the two things that drive me are I’ve never gone to the Olympics, and I’ve never won a World Championship,” Golison stated. “I’ll never go to the Olympics, but the World Championship is still high on my bucket list.”

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29er Worlds Rescue – Report from Bruce Golison – PRO

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club hosted the event.

Bruce Golison was the PRO for the race circle where the incident occurred.

The incident occurred during the Silver fleet’s race number 11, near the second weather mark at approximately 2:30pm. Wind speed was 6 – 7 knots with a fairly smooth sea state.

IRL 2002 was approaching the weather mark, approximately 75 yards away. While in the process of tacking, boat IRL 2002 capsized to weather and the crew was unable to unhook from his harness. The boat turtled almost immediately and the crew was trapped underneath the boat.

Through the proper and timely actions of a number of people including the skipper (waving her hands alerting everyone that they had a problem), a number of competitors who jumped in the water to help free the trapped crew member, the race management team, the safety and on the water medical boats, coaches and the Seal Beach Lifeguards (the City’s medical authority), the best outcome was achieved – the successful rescue of the IRL 2002 crew member.

This successful rescue of the skipper and crew was due to a large number of people doing the right things. If one piece of this “chain” had not done what they did, this might have had a different outcome.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bruce Golison

On course PRO

Date Prepared: August 11, 2017