Fall Pacific Coast Championship


Saturday, November 16:

It was a beautiful November day in Santa Barbara once again for the Fall Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference Championship. The sailors were greeted by cloudless skies and an early sea breeze build that allowed for racing to being promptly at 11am. The wind started off shifting between 195 and 215 degrees and was 4-5 knots, but within a couple of races, it had increased to 8-10 knots from approximately 220 degrees. There were still plenty of shifts, but as the day settled in, it became fairly steady and allowed the race committee to move relatively swiftly through the rotations. Around 3:45pm the wind died off quickly but stayed at a course axis of 220 degrees and just above the wind limit. Assuming it was unlikely to get more than a 6th B division race off, C fleet was sent in. At about 4:05pm, the wind began to fill again surprisingly from the west allowing for a great 6th B division race. One request for redress due to a breakdown was filed, but ultimately dropped before it went to a hearing.

The PCCSC held a scheduling meeting at 5:30pm at SBYC securing a calendar for 2020. Thank you to the SBYC (always an amazing source of regatta support), Kent Pierce, the UCSB sailing team for running the JV course, and the SBYSF high school sailors for providing mark set (specifically Colin Martz, Catalina Matlock, Hope Campbell, and Hudson Mayfield).

UCSB holds the lead on both the Varsity and JV Course with Stanford, USC, Hawaii, and Cal Maritime close behind.

Sunday, November 17:

Another beautiful day in Santa Barbara, but much hotter (88 degrees) and with less wind predicted. Surprisingly wind came up right on cue at approximately 10:30am and an impromptu hold on shore was quickly sent out sailing. The breeze was unstable with large shifts and micro puffs blowing through quickly. It was realistic to see 5 knots and 12 knots from different directions a mere 20 yards away from each other. The volatile conditions made it difficult to keep a perfectly square course, but even with 20-30 degree shifts, the angle generally was okay to the windward mark. It did however make for some harder starts with one end of the line being favored by a lot at times. Eventually the wind settled in somewhat consistently around 225 degrees, but as the day progressed a mountain breeze blew offshore causing 45 degree right shifts and quickly dying breeze. Ultimately, the course had to be moved off shore due to lack of water space and in an attempt to get into the sea breeze more. The sea breeze did fill one more time, though still with huge righties from the mountains, allowing the race committee to complete a 7th and 8th C fleet race. There was one prostest filed resulting in a disqualification of UCI in race 8C. Two requests for redress were filed with one being denied and one being granted average points in races 7C and 8C.

Thank you to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, the UCSB sailing team, Kent Pierce and Chewy, and the SBYSF high school sailors for providing mark set (specifically Colin Martz, Catalina Matlock, Hope Campbell, and Hudson Mayfield).

Congratulation to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on winning the Fall Pacific Coast Championship on both courses!

Score summary

1UC Santa BarbaraGauchos18242163
3Southern CalTrojans195434107
5Cal MaritimeKeelhaulers712928128
7BerkeleyBears 1816777225
8Western WashingtonVikings806581226
9Cal PolyMustangs907766233
10UC Los AngelesBruins8471107262
*11UC DavisAggies1348953276
*12UC San DiegoTritons68102106276
13CSU Long Beach49ers52112122286
14UC Santa CruzBanana Slugs9510290287
15BerkeleyBears 28111398292
16San Diego StateAztecs109101125335
17UC IrvineAnteaters113134114361
18Monterey BayOtters147143142432
**19Channel IslandsDolphins148149148445
**20Santa ClaraBroncos156143146445
21Arizona StateSun Devils165166157488
*Number of high-place (2) finishes
**Head-to-head tiebreaker

Score history

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