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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON COUGARS CAPTURE 2019 PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR CUP AT LOS ANGELES YACHT CLUB

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – 10 March 2019 – The College of Charleston Cougars have triumphed at the 2019 Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta, impressively pulling off podium finishes in nine of ten races over the three-day event. California State University Maritime Academy placed second; Ireland’s Cork Institute of Technology finished strong, with a notable third-place.

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The Harbor Cup is an intercollegiate invitational regatta founded in 2008 to support and encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing. Hosted by Cal Maritime, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club, it provides teams from across the nation and overseas a unique opportunity to participate in one-design big boat offshore competition.

Today’s conditions proved an anticlimactic end to a thrilling event. Rocketing breeze had threatened Friday’s races. Given the limited sail inventory of the one-design Catalina 37s, races cannot be started at 20 knots or more, and are abandoned at 25. But PRO Tom Trujillo shifted the course to the alternate racing area inside the breakwater, where wind speeds teased the limits but sea state was tolerable. Sailors endured three races, with plenty of broaches and death rolls.

Saturday’s conditions were nearly as brisk, with a Force 4 westerly breeze fighting an opposing current, creating sloppy seas.

Conversely, light air at this morning’s appointed start time prompted an hour and a half postponement.

The clock was ticking for competitors still scrapping for second and third places. Cal Maritime’s DSQ in Race Five yesterday had dropped them to 28 points – putting Cork Institute of Technology, at 31, in striking distance. With SUNY Maritime College, US Naval Academy and University of California Santa Barbara just a few points astern, and two races scheduled for today, the leaderboard was in limbo.

Clawing their way up the scoreboard, College of Charleston had been nearly untouchable going into the final day of racing, with a 12-point lead over second place Cal Maritime. But a tactical error in Race Eight landed the Cougars an eighth place finish; which had the Keelhaulers – who finished second in that match – nipping at their heels, just six points astern.

“We’ve been practicing all season specifically to win this regatta,” skipper Will Hundahl pointed out. Fueled by that strength and confidence, and some solid teamwork, they shook it off and recovered, to get the bullet in the final race of the weekend and seal the deal. It’s the second Harbor Cup victory for the Cougars’ Offshore Sailing Team in the 12-year history of the event; their prior win was in 2016.

The Keelhaulers had had their own upset Saturday; but rebounded strong with top tier finishes in the final phase of the regatta. “We’re a close team; we’ve been sailing together for a while, and have great boat handling,” said skipper Johannes McElvain. Brushing yesterday’s issues aside, “the team was ready to go today,” – and proved it, finishing second.

2018 runner-up UCSB won Race Nine, but their rally was too late. They tied for fourth, with 2018 champions US Navy.

The US Coast Guard Bears never quite steadied their footing; despite that, the team enjoyed the regatta. “We’re glad to be here in California, sailing at the Harbor Cup again,” said skipper Eric Gimpel. “It’s a pretty inexperienced team we’ve got on board this season,” he admitted, adding early conditions were “a little bit heavier than we’ve been used to. And we just haven’t had that much time in the boats (Catalina 37) yet.”

Still, he was full of praise for the Harbor Cup regatta, echoing the rest of the participants. “It’s great to be able to come to a really impressive venue like Los Angeles Yacht Club, and race in such a competitive fleet. And everyone out here is so nice to us.” The Connecticut-based team was, “glad to be able to get out sailing whenever we can,” he added. “The weather is very nice, coming from 17 degrees!”

“It’s pretty cool when everyone likes your event, and has good things to say about it,” added Cal Maritime’s McElvain. “It also brings the pressure,” he laughed, “which makes it much more fun. We love it and are glad everyone else is excited about it.”

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 
The Harbor Cup was founded in 2008, “to support and encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing,” according to the Deed of Gift. Hosted by Cal Maritime, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club, it is unique in providing an opportunity to participate in one-design big boat offshore competition. Typically, college level sailing is held in small one- or two-person dinghies in protected waters; making the Harbor Cup a particularly coveted and distinguished event. Other aspects of the event focus on environmental awareness, stewardship, and developing a love of the ocean.

Teams of eight sailors, including at least two female crew, travel from across the nation and oceans to LAYC, where they receive a warm welcome, meals, accommodations and activities: including Saturday’s presentation by rock star navigator John Jourdane, who entertained the co-eds with footage and tales of some of his 350,000 miles at sea. Competitors also enjoy a spectacular racing venue off LA’s Point Fermin, and an illustrious racing platform: competing aboard the Long Beach Sailing Foundation fleet of Catalina 37s.

Los Angeles Yacht Club is located at 285 Whalers Walk in San Pedro, Calif. For further information visit www.layc.org  Follow the Port of LA Harbor Cup on Facebook @LAYCHarborCup and @layc1901 on twitter.

For complete scores go to:
https://scores.collegesailing.org/s19/port-los-angeles-harbor-cup/full-scores/

COVER PHOTO CREDIT: BRONNY DANIELS/JOYSAILING

CONSISTENT COUGARS TOP PORT OF LA HARBOR CUP LEADERBOARD AFTER TWO DAYS OF RACING

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – 9 March 2019 – The College of Charleston Cougars pounced to the top of the leaderboard on Day Two of racing in the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta hosted by Los Angeles Yacht Club.

California State University Maritime Academy slipped to second, after a discouraging start to the day; while Cork Institute of Technology clung to third.

Results at press time were pending protest hearings.

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup is an invitational intercollegiate big boat regatta raced in the Pacific Ocean. In its 12th year, the event draws sailing teams from the nation’s top universities and academies – and since 2017, the presence of CIT provides an international flair.

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Racing outside the breakwater in brisk conditions that built from 10 to 16 knots made for more exhilarating racing today. While there were none of the downwind death rolls instigated by Friday’s tempestuous conditions, a strong opposing current created steep and close-set waves.

Cal Maritime has dominated the regatta – triumphing in half the events since the inception of the Harbor Cup – and after Friday’s performance of 2-1-1, the Keelhaulers looked set to dominate 2019 as well. But middle-of-the-fleet finishes in the first half of today opened the door to the competition.

“Earlier in the day it was just a little tricky,” explained skipper Johannes McElvain. “I think we were expecting it to be a little more right, more of a classic Long Beach day, than it really started out to be.”

“It’s a really tight fleet, so it comes down to boat-on-boat situations and at first, we were not coming out on top of some of them.”

Steady improvement saw the Keelhaulers begin picking off their rivals, to capture a final 1-2 for the day.

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Sitting five points behind the Cougars, with two races left, McElvain admitted, “There’s definitely always the pressure and expectation to do well. But we’re really excited. It’s a good way to roll into the last day, and the last couple of races. It’s all good competition: that’s what makes this regatta so much fun to do.”

Charleston had begun the day with a bullet, edging out CIT; then continued to log a steady 2-2-2-1 – including a second in Race Six, despite being OCS at the start. But in Race Five, SUNY Maritime kept the Cougars at bay on the final downwind stretch – to capture their first win of the series.

The SUNY Privateers have returned to Harbor Cup after a four-year hiatus, the entire crew rookies to the event. Skipper Kyle Comerford said a successful fall racing season helped the team convince their Offshore Program to put up the funding to travel to Harbor Cup. But the Long Island, NY-based team “really haven’t practiced at all,” he admitted, due to winter weather. “We were a well-oiled machine in the fall,” he said, with hopes to keep the momentum in to the new year. Although their win wasn’t enough to move them out of the middle of the pack, Comerford admitted to a little “brotherly love out there on the race course” – as his younger sibling, Will Comerford, is the main trimmer for the first place Cougars.

The brothers are frequent opponents, as are many of the teams. The last place many of these competitors squared off was during the ICSA McMillan Cup in Annapolis, five months ago, where rivalries are strong. Before that it was the Annapolis Kennedy Cup Regatta.

The Kennedy Cup has a noteworthy relationship with Harbor Cup. In 2007, then-President of Cal Maritime Dr. William Eisenhardt was driving through Long Beach with alumnus Jim Morgan, discussing the need to step up young sailors from dinghies to keelboats. Along their route, they spied the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s Catalina 37 keelboats, lined up at the Long Beach Yacht Club docks. That got the gears rolling, and the inaugural Harbor Cup was launched the following year. Harbor Cup has been raced since then in this exclusive fleet of equalized, one-design 37-foot race boats – as are other world-class events such as the Congressional Cup, Ficker Cup and other fleet and match-racing competitions.

Racing for the Harbor Cup championship continues tomorrow, Sunday March 10, with two final races anticipated, starting at 11:30AM. A forecast of lighter breeze with chance of rain will provide an added mix of challenges to the competition.

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup
The Harbor Cup was founded in 2008, “to support and encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing,” hosted and organized by Cal Maritime, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club. LAYC also hosts the visiting competitors, providing meals, accommodations and excellent race management.

Los Angeles Yacht Club is located at 285 Whalers Walk in San Pedro, Calif. For further information visit www.layc.org Follow the Port of LA Harbor Cup on Facebook @LAYCHarborCup and @layc1901 on twitter.

COVER PHOTO CREDIT: BRONNY DANIELS/JOYSAILING

STIFF BREEZE AND SOLID COMPETITION ON DAY ONE OF PORT OF LA HARBOR CUP

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – 8 March 2019 – Threats of a small craft advisory didn’t deter racers, nor organizers, on Day One of the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta, hosted by Los Angeles Yacht Club.

Winds of 18 to 19 knots provided a bracing welcome to the dozens of sailors from across the nation and Ireland, at the 12th running of the Harbor Cup, where five-time title-holder California Maritime Academy took an early lead today. College of Charleston, 2016 victor, was in second place after three races, with defending champion US Naval Academy, and Cork Institute of Technology tied for third.

LAYC bustled with excitement this morning, as the energetic young adults readied and rigged their boats. As the wind whipped through the palm trees, some crews endured last-minute pep-talks by coaches, while others, like the Charleston Cougars, rocked out to the Rolling Stones.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels / JoySailing

This prestigious invitational intercollegiate regatta is a highlight of racing season, explained University of California Santa Barbara’s Dylan Finestone. “This is a great regatta. It’s a lot of fun, Los Angeles Yacht Club is very hospitable, the food is good, and the fact that we’re able to stay here, on boats, is great. We look forward to it every year.”

Universities vie for a coveted invitation to bring teams of eight – including at least two female crew – to compete on the one-design Catalina 37 keelboats. Since its inception, the Harbor Cup has hosted over 900 athletes and coaches, racing on 115 intercollegiate sailing teams and representing 23 different institutions from across the US and Europe.

So, despite the heavy wind, PRO Tom Trujillo determined not to disappoint the sailors, and moved to the inside course, within San Pedro Bay. After a short series of practice starts, racing commenced in a steady and stiff westerly. Inside the breakwater, the sea state was fair.

After three races, each twice around, Cal Maritime – used to the blustery conditions of San Francisco Bay – clung to the top of the leaderboard with two bullets and one second place finish.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels / JoySailing

Also relishing the heavy breeze was the CIT team. “This is the sort of weather we get in Ireland around now, and we’ve been training in,” said skipper Harry Durcan. “The heavy breeze is suiting us,” providing a bit of an advantage, he admitted, adding “And we’re probably heavier than other teams, so have a little more weight on the rail.” Although he is new to the Catalina 37s, he credited four returning crew with showing the team the ropes. “We hope to cut out a few of the mistakes we made today, keep improving, keep it simple, see where we go from there.”

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels / JoySailing

Navy remained eager to defend their 2018 title, and perhaps avenge an upset at the Kennedy Cup, according to Head Coach Jahn Tihanksy. “A number of our crew were part of a team that sailed together last fall, and just missed winning our big regatta at home, when they got snaked on the last leg of the last race. So hopefully that provides some fire in the belly, to come out here and do well. And get a little retribution.”

Like many competitors, they have had scant chance to practice, due to the brutal winter. “Back in Annapolis, in January and February we couldn’t launch our boat because the river was iced over!” admitted Tihanksy. “But we have been able to get out and get some practicing in, which we were able to do last year and which obviously helped. Practice pays off: last year’s win was proof.”

A chance to get out on the water and win at the recent SCOR regatta in Charleston, was encouraging, Tihansky added. “I’m hoping they can take the momentum from that and bring it with them.”

The Harbor Cup continues Saturday and Sunday March 9 and 10, starting at 11:30AM. A total of 10 races are planned aboard the fleet of matched 37-foot Catalina keelboats; identically rigged maintained to provide the fairest possible competition.

Visiting sailors are hosted by LAYC, stay aboard members’ boats and enjoy meals at the club. Saturday evening the co-eds will enjoy dinner and a talk by renowned racing navigator John Jourdane. One of the most experienced offshore sailors of the era, Jourdane has voyaged over 350,000 miles: many in the most treacherous waters on earth.

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup
The Harbor Cup was founded in 2008, “to support and encourage young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing,” according to the Deed of Gift. Hosted by Cal Maritime, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Yacht Club, it is unique in providing an opportunity to participate in one-design big boat offshore competition. Typically, college level sailing is held in small one- or two-person dinghies in protected waters; making the Harbor Cup a particularly coveted and distinguished event. The regatta also fosters a focus on environmental awareness, stewardship, and developing a love of the ocean.

Los Angeles Yacht Club is located at 285 Whalers Walk in San Pedro, Calif. For further information visit www.layc.org  Follow the Port of LA Harbor Cup on Facebook @LAYCHarborCup and @layc1901 on twitter.

RESULTS AFTER THREE RACES 
California State University Maritime Academy   4
College of Charleston                                          8
Cork Institute of Technology Ireland                   9
US Naval Academy                                            9
SUNY Maritime College                                  16
University of California Santa Barbara             19
University of Southern California                      22
US Coast Guard Academy                               24
US Merchant Marine Academy                        24

Cover Photo: Bronny Daniels / JoySailing

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.