PCISA/ISSA Girls Invitational – Mission Bay, San Diego, California, October 16-17, 2021

New Trier sailors Ann Tokoyoda '24, Izzy Rietz '23, Ari Angueira '22, Lucy Elvart '24, Caroline McClain '24, and Casey Bertocchi '22 on the beach in San Diego

On October 16th and 17th the New Trier Sailing varsity girls participated in the PCISA/ISSA Girls National Invitational at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego, California. Ari Angueira ‘22, Casey Bertocchi ‘22, Lucy Elvart ‘24, Caroline McClain ‘24, Izzy Rietz ‘23, and Ann Tokoyoda ‘24 all participated. Ari and Casey sailed in A division, while Lucy and Caroline and Ann and Izzy split time evenly in B division.

The team arrived in sunny California bright and early on Friday, October 15th. We were lucky enough to get some practice time at host Mission Bay Yacht Club that afternoon. After a breezy and productive practice session, the New Trier Sailing girls hit the town of La Jolla.

The first day of the regatta gave us a consistent 10 knot wind thanks to the Santa Anas. At the end of the first day we attended a barbecue hosted by the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Winds on the second day of racing were lighter, with varying degrees of wind velocity and a persistent right shift.

After a weekend of constant focus and hard work, New Trier placed 10th overall, cementing itself as a national powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with. We ended the weekend with a redeye home, arriving in Chicago at 5:00 am on Monday, and went on to a fun day at school. A special thank you to Lucy’s mom for chaperoning and to Addy Sutton and Katie Tinder for coming out and coaching us.