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2018 LAYC George Griffith Series

March 24, 2018

Race 1 Results

 

NAVY CLINCHES PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR CUP TITLE FOR FIRST TIME

MARCH 11, 2018  LOS ANGELES, CA – – On the morning of the final day of the 2018 Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta here, skies finally cleared and the sun broke through for the penultimate race of this prestigious event. 

The College of Charleston Cougars led the fleet of ten boats around the course, in light southerly breezes, capturing their first win of the regatta.

But it was the US Naval Academy’s second place finish in that race, that was the big news. With that, the Midshipmen clinched the 2018 Port of LA Harbor Cup title, for the first time in history.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“We’ve been here since the beginning (2008) and it’s the first time Navy has won it,” said skipper Teddy Papenthien. “It’s just awesome for the program, just huge.”

For the final race of the regatta, Navy held back, easing into a second tier start. “We had it clinched before the start of that race, so we figured we’d just go out and have fun, and see what happened. This is, for all of us, our last intercollegiate race; and for most of us probably our last regatta for a long time. We’ve got two Surface Warfare Officers, three Marines, and two Navy pilots, going off to try some different things.”

Papenthien continued, “This is a huge win for the whole program, because everyone was involved. I’m very pleased and very proud: our crew did awesome.” In addition to the Port of LA Harbor Cup perpetual trophy, the Midshipmen received a take-home half-model of the Catalina 37; and a cash prize from sponsor Community Bank.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

Also making their first visit to the podium was the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos, in second overall. But their day didn’t start out that well.

OCS in the first race, skipper Christopher Weis explained, “We found ourselves pretty deep. But the team worked really hard to fight our way back. We went up the left side and were able to go over a few people.”

That left them in a pack, scrambling for standings in the final race. “Going into the last race, everyone was there,” – UCSB, Charleston, University of South Florida and California Maritime Academy, all vying for podium positions. ‘We were all within a few points of each other. So, in order to get second, we knew we had to get out there and get the job done.”

“I am really proud of how they came out today,” said UCSB Coach Rob Grant. “This is only their second time at this regatta, and racing these boats. We practice on a Farr 40, so I was especially impressed by their boat handling.”

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“And yesterday was pretty rough,” Grant continued. “But today they shook it off and got to work. In that last race they did everything they needed to.”

“It’s all teamwork,” Weis described. “We all worked really well together: the team telling me to keep my head down when I needed to, to keep my air clear; getting the sails up and down, getting around the course. It’s all about teamwork.”

UCSB edged out by just two points USF. The Bulls took third, and were also recognized with the Best Kept Boat Award – for the team who best looked after their race boat.

As the clouds parted and sun beamed down on the fleet, University of Hawaii warmed up. They logged their best finish of the regatta – second place, in the final race.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

Getting used to the boat was their biggest hurdle, explained skipper Michael Pacholski. “It was the first time I got to drive a big boat in a regatta – it was really different. We were having a lot of fun with the starts.”

And today’s lumpy, swelly seas, a trial for many other teams, were no deterrent to the Hawaiian Rainbows – who know a lot about waves. “There were a lot of waves, so we did a lot of steering up wind; bow up, bow down, and had our jib trimmer adjusting constantly, As long as we kept the boat moving it was good; our boat speed was really good.”

“And we really enjoyed the regatta,” Pacholski added – echoing the sentiment of so many sailors.

LAYC hosts competitors, providing all accommodations, meals, hospitality, and outstanding race management.

“It’s awesome, flying out here, having a lot of fun,” said Gunnar Hough, Navy bowman and Executive Officer. “Having all the boats lined up in front of the club, it feels very professional. The Catalina 37s are extremely fun boats to sail as well, and there’s always a solid crew our team puts together, to come out.”

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“A shout out to the club for putting on this amazing regatta,” added Papenthien. “Of all the ones we’ve done, every one agrees this is their favorite. LAYC rolls out the red carpet for us. Everyone is so nice, and the boats we get to stay on are great. You couldn’t dream it up if you tried; it’s so nice – we’re so lucky to be here. A huge thank you to the organizers and sponsors.”

Saturday night, competitors had been regaled by a presentation from sailing rock star, Terry Hutchinson, on the Bella Mente Quantum Racing New York Yacht Club America’s Cup 36 challenge.

He also lauded the “significantly important” impact of programs like the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup. Hutchinson, himself a college dinghy sailor, described his own entrée to big boat sailing as “slow.”

“It’s impressive the support the Port of LA and LAYC put behind this program and the development, for this younger generation of sailors, into bigger, keelboat sailing.”

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta has been held since 2008, sponsored by the Port of LA and hosted by LAYC and Cal Maritime. This invitational one-design regatta is raced in the challenging waters outside the Port of LA aboard an equalized fleet of Catalina 37 sloops, managed and maintained by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. Invitations for the 10 berths are highly coveted, for the chance to win the Port of LA Harbor Cup perpetual trophy, which was deeded to encourage, “…young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing.” College level regattas are typically sailed in small one or two-person dinghies in protected waters. But the Port of LA Harbor Cup provides a rare opportunity for big boat, offshore racing, with large competitive co-ed teams.

For complete information on the Port of LA Harbor Cup and complete results please visit www.layc.org.

FINAL RESULTS

US NAVAL ACADEMY 33

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA 39

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA 41

CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY 44

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 50

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLGY 61

MASS MARITIME ACADEMY 62

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 68

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII 69

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 84

 

NAVY SAILS INTO THE LEAD AT PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR CUP

MARCH 10, 2018  LOS ANGELES, CA – – The US Naval Academy Midshipmen sailed to the top of the leaderboard on Day Two of the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta here. Racing concludes Sunday.

Vying against nine other college teams from across the US and Ireland, the Midshipmen logged three bullets, plus one fourth and one sixth, in foggy, drizzly conditions that tested both the talent and tenacity, of competing co-eds.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

”There have been a couple of light races that have been really frustrating for us, but the later parts of the day have been really nice, with good breeze,” said Sean Cornell, skipper of University of South Florida, who won the last race of the day. “We got off the pin well and were fast, and were able to hold the left side of the course,” Cornell explained.

“The starts have been really tricky,” he admitted. “The starting line is really small, so you’re either off the line well or you’re spit out the back. We had a couple of times where we left a few points on the table.”

They finished they day in fourth place with 34 points, just two points behind the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos, and four points behind California Maritime Academy. “We still have a shot at the podium, Cornell summed. “Tomorrow, go out and get off the line well: that’s our goal.”

Cal Maritime gave a glimpse of their pedigree, winning the third race of the day, and inching ahead of the Gauchos. But it was Navy who was propelled front and center, with a 10-point margin over the second place boat.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“Of all the regattas we do all year, this is my favorite,” said Midshipmen skipper Teddy Papenthien. “The competition is great, and it’s fun to be here: LAYC rolls out the red carpet for us. It’s an absolute priveledge to come out here.”

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta has been held since 2008, sponsored by the Port of LA and hosted by LAYC and Cal Maritime. This invitational one-design regatta is raced in the challenging waters outside the Port of LA aboard an equalized fleet of Catalina 37 sloops, managed and maintained by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. Invitations for the 10 berths are highly coveted, for the chance to win the Port of LA Harbor Cup perpetual trophy, which was deeded to encourage, “…young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing.” College level regattas are typically sailed in small one or two-person dinghies in protected waters. But the Port of LA Harbor Cup provides a rare opportunity for big boat, offshore racing, with large competitive co-ed teams.

Racing continues tomorrow, Sunday March 11 starting at 11:30AM, with a more favorable forecast for clear skies and 7-10 knots of southeasterly breeze.

Spectator boats are available, to watch the final two races. Or follow the action on Facebook at @LAYCHarborCup – Twitter @layc1901 – Instagram #HC2018 #layc1901

For more information please visit www.layc.org.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

RESULTS PENDING PROTEST

US NAVAL ACADEMY 22

CAL MARITIME 32

UC SANTA BARBARA 34

UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA 36

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECH 45

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 45

MASS MARITIME ACADEMY 48

UNIV OF SOUTHERN CAL 48

UNIV OF HAWAII 63

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 67

For full results go to: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/port-los-angeles-harbor-cup/full-scores/

PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR CUP UP FOR GRABS, AFTER DAY ONE OF RACING

MARCH 9, 2018  LOS ANGELES, CA – – Steady southwesterly breezes welcomed the fleet of 11th Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta;  but results were anything but steady – with everybody getting a piece of the action on day one of this prestigious intercollegiate regatta.

Bullets went to Cork Institute of Technology, University of South Florida and University of California Santa Barbara, respectively, in Friday’s races. Santa Barbara’s Gauchos stands in first place, with six points; followed closely by US Naval Academy with nine points and CIT close astern, with 10.

Race organizers had endeavored four races, due to a questionable weather forecast for tomorrow – but one race was ultimately thrown out.

The PoLA Harbor Cup is sponsored by the Port of LA, and hosted by Los Angeles Yacht Club. Ten teams from across the nation, and Ireland, are competing in this international invitational competition, which is presented by California Maritime Academy.

Cal Maritime has long dominated the event, with six victories in the past 10 years. They were ranked fourth at the end of today’s races – but no one is ruling them out.

“We’ve prepared pretty well over this last year and are feeling confident with the boat handling,” said Keelhauler skipper Johannes McElvain, despite a mixed bag of new and returning sailors. “We’ve got two freshman, who are doing excellent, and have shifted a lot of positions, so everyone is in a new spot,” added McElvain, who was boosted from trimmer to helmsman.

But does the team’s lofty past record weigh heavily on their shoulders? Not at all, says McElvain. “We’re really confident with what we’re doing on the boat. Everybody’s got a pretty mellow attitude coming into this, so I think we should be good.”

UCSB skipper Christopher Weis said, “Coming into the regatta we knew there was going to be a lot of tight competition, and every team was going to bring their A game. So we wanted to make sure we did too!”

Although they won the final match of the day, Weis admitted, “We had a kind of tough race. We were leading at the first weather mark, but weren’t going to make it to the layline, so decided to be conservative and tack out. We rounded the weather mark in seventh place, but had a great downwind.” He attributed the win to, “good boat speed and clever tactics by Sterling Henken. The team came through, and did a great job. We will just try to keep it going.”

“It’s a very long regatta,” concurred Teddy Papenthien, skipper for the Midshipmen, “We just take one race at a time.”

Currently in second, Papenthien credited his crew’s focus and skill. “Wind conditions started out light, but then it shifted right to the standard sea breeze. It was great to see the crew eyes-up, looking for wind. That was really helpful.” Looking ahead to the weekend, he said their goal is to, “stay clean, stay out of the way, and keep doing our thing.”

Captain Jim Morgan, founder and Chairman Emeritus of the PoLA Harbor Cup, had welcomed the sailors at a 10AM skipper’s meeting, and thanked the Port of LA for their sponsorship, and LAYC for hosting the event.

Morgan also showed off a new take-home trophy donated by Catalina Yachts, who specially designed and produced the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s; the boats the racers compete in. The half-model of the custom keelboat complements the impressive meter-high sterling silver perpetual trophy deeded by the Port of LA to encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing, and promote Corinthian values of sportsmanship, fairness, courtesy and grace in both victory and defeat.

PoLA Harbor Cup racing continues in Pacific waters outside Angels Gate lighthouse, Saturday and Sunday March 10 and 11, beginning at 11:30AM.

Evening programs include a hosted dinner Saturday with a presentation by Terry Hutchinson – CEO/Skipper of the Bella Mente Quantum Racing syndicate, New York Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 36 challenge. Hutchinson was a four-time All-American and two-time collegiate sailor of the year at alma mater Old Dominion University, and has logged scores of championship and other world titles since that time.

Spectator boats are available, to watch the races. Or follow the action on Facebook at @LAYCHarborCup – Twitter @layc1901 – Instagram #HC2018 

For more information please visit www.layc.org.

ABOUT THE PORT OF LA HARBOR CUP

The Harbor Cup was founded in 2008 by the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club (LAYC) and is hosted by California Maritime Academy. Invitations to the event are highly coveted, attracting top-level college sailors vying for a chance to win the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup perpetual trophy; deeded to encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of big boat, offshore competitive sailing.

Co-ed teams race aboard a fleet of matched Catalina 37 foot sailboats, maintained to identical standards by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation, to promote the fairest possible racing. Race orgainzers plan to run 10 windward-leeward races over the course of three days, in the open waters outside Los Angeles Harbor.

Students are hosted by LAYC, which provides all meals and hospitality for visiting teams.

RESULTS PENDING PROTEST

UC SANTA BARBARA 6

US NAVAL ACADEMNY 9

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECH 10

CAL MARITIME 14

UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA 16

UNIV OF SOUTHERN CAL 17

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 19

MASS MARITIME ACADEMY 19

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 25

UNIV OF HAWAII 30

For full results go to: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/port-los-angeles-harbor-cup/full-scores/

CAL MARITIME TO DEFEND TITLE AT PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR CUP REGATTA MARCH 9 -11, 2018

MARCH 7, 2018  LOS ANGELES, CA – – Can California Maritime Academy defend its title against a league of rivals from across the nation – and across the ocean?

We’ll find out this weekend, when the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta returns to San Pedro; March 9, 10 and 11, 2018.

Cal Maritime’s Keelhaulers will face nemeses University of South Florida Bulls and College of Charleston Cougars, who tied for second, a mere three points astern, in last year’s foggy but fierce regatta.

The Cougars are one of few teams who have toppled the Keelhaulers – ending Cal Maritime’s five-year winning streak in 2016. Two-time winner (2008, 2009) Maine Maritime Academy also will compete, along with 2010 champion University of Southern California. Along with contenders from the University of Hawaii, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, US Naval Academy, University of California Santa Barbara, University of South Florida, and Ireland’s Cork Institute of Technology; the event promises three days of rock-em sock-em on-the-water excitement.

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The Harbor Cup was founded in 2008 by the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club (LAYC) and is hosted by California Maritime Academy. Invitations to the event are highly coveted, attracting top-level college sailors vying for a chance to win the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup perpetual trophy; deeded to encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of big boat, offshore competitive sailing.

The co-ed teams will race aboard a fleet of matched Catalina 37 foot sailboats, maintained to identical standards by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation, to promote the fairest possible racing. Race orgainzers plan to run 10 windward-leeward races over the course of three days, in the open waters outside Los Angeles Harbor. Racing begins Friday March 9 at 1:30pm; on Saturday and Sunday March 10 and 11 – racing will commence at 11:30am.

Students are hosted by LAYC, which also provides all meals and hospitality for the teams. In addition to nightly dinners and the Sunday evening prizegiving ceremony, competitors will be treated to a presentation by two-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson on Saturday.

 

LAYC’s George Griffith Series starts next weekend – March 25, 2017

Three races, inverted start, what’s not to love?
From LAYC: This is a great time to get your race crew together and out on the water. The George Griffith Series is back for it’s fourth year. The inverted starts last year were a popular adjustment that we’re keeping for this year’s series. The first race is on Saturday March 25, 2017. The following races are on April 22 and May 6.

 

This race series is all about celebrating the Corinthian spirit on the water and at the club house afterwards. Each race is followed by the party at the clubhouse, so don’t miss it.

 

There were some skippers having trouble finding the registration form. That’s been solved and you can register, and check out all the race details and past winners at the race web page here.
Zephyrus approaches the downwind mark in GGS 2016
Please plan now to join the fun and enjoy the festive racing spirit of the George Griffith series again this year. See you March 25. We look forward to a great time.

Sincerely,

Cassandra Heredia
Race Committee Chairman
Los Angeles Yacht Club

Cal Maritime Triumphs in 10th Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – 12 March 2017 – Cal Maritime has logged their sixth win in the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta, unseating defending champion College of Charleston, and holding off an enthusiastic challenge by University of South Florida.

Team Cal Maritime – Photo Credit: www.joysailing.com – Bronny Daniels

Cal Maritime has won the 10th annual Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta, after three days of challenging racing in the waters off Point Fermin, defeating

The University of South Florida by a comfortable 3-point lead. The College of Charleston Cougars came in third, with 22 points. Technically, the regatta featured only two days of challenging racing, as no races started on the final day due to fog.

This prestigious intercollegiate invitational regatta pits ten of the top sailing teams from across the US and – for the first time this year – Europe. Team Ireland debuted as the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup’s first international team: they finished seventh overall.

Photo Credit: www.joysailing.com – Bronny Daniels

Conditions over the three-day regatta were alternately breezy, light winds, with the fleet playing cat-and-mouse with the fog, before being closed out on the final day.

Going into Sunday, five-time champion Cal Maritime had a three-point lead over College of Charleston and University of South Florida, who were tied for second. With the abandonment, final results were awarded owing to head-to-head performance.

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup was founded by the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Yacht Club, and the California State University Maritime Academy in 2008 to encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive offshore big boat sailing.

Photo Credit: www.joysailing.com – Bronny Daniels

The regatta is organized and run by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, who provide accommodations, meals, hosting and events for the visiting teams. Last night’s keynote speaker was renowned navigator and world adventurer John Jourdane, who regaled the audience with tales of sailboat races and exploits in all the world’s oceans.

Races are held in the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of identical Catalina 37 sailboats, which provides a level platform that tests the skills and strategies of the seven crew members. It’s a rare opportunity for big boat, offshore racing for the college teams, who often race in small one or two-person dinghies, and in protected waters.

For complete results and details please visit www.layc.org. Or follow the action on Social Media @LAYCHarborCup         @layc1901   layc1901     #harborcup2017

RESULTS

Place Team Points
1 California Maritime Academy 19
2 University of South Florida 22
3 College of Charleston 22
4 United States Coast Guard Academy 32
5 Maine Maritime Academy 32
6 University of Southern California 33
7 Team Ireland 36
8 University of California, Santa Barbara 40
9 United States Naval Academy 42
10 Oregon State University 53

 

 

YEAR              1ST                          2ND 3RD
2017 CAL MARITIME UNIV SO. FLORIDA CHARLESTON
2016 CHARLESTON CAL MARITIME US NAVY
2015 CAL MARITIME CHARLESTON US NAVY
2014 CAL MARITIME UNIV SO. CAL. US NAVY
2013 CAL MARITIME CHARLESTON NY MARITIME
2012 CAL MARITIME UNIV SO. CAL. UC CHANNEL ISL
2011 CAL MARITIME US NAVY UC CHANNEL ISL
2010 UNIV SO. CAL. CAL MARITIME US NAVY
2009 MAINE MARITIME UNIV SO. CAL. UC CHANNEL ISL
2008 MAINE MARITIME US NAVY US NAVY

News Source: Betsy Crowfoot

Photo Credit: www.joysailing.com – Bronny Daniels