The first regatta of 2022 is in the books! The journey began early in the morning on Friday, January 7th, 2022. We loaded up the cars and made our way up to O’Hare. After landing at LAX and getting our rental cars (named Jerry and Terry), we went to lunch at In-and-Out. The executive decision was made to go to the In-and-Out further away from the airport to avoid eating at the airport extension quality burgers. After lunch we made our way to the US Sailing Center to bring the boats to the venue and get in valuable practice time in the FJs before the event. We met up with Coach Katie on the water to practice. Our gloomy practice turned joyous after seeing dolphins come within only a few feet of us. That night the team enjoyed a excessive amount of food at a local Mexican restaurant.
Saturday morning, after a satisfying breakfast at the Local Spot diner, we went down to the beach at 9:00 am. The first race for A division began at 11:00 am. Silver and Bronze fleets were combined to form one 32-boat fleet. In A Division George Barton ‘22 sailed with Lucy Elvart ‘24, and Izzy Reitz ‘23 sailed with Ann Tokoyoda ’24. In B Division Ari Angueira ‘22 sailed with Will Broseman ‘22, and Evan O’Connor ‘23 sailed with Emil Body-Goldberg ‘23. Long Beach gave us light wind building through out the day and flat water, allowing A Division to sail 6 races and B division 4. We enjoyed eating our poke’ bowls on the beach for lunch while off rotation. That night we attended a college sailing presentation at the USSC and listened to presentations about various college sailing teams. Afterwards we enjoyed churros in downtown Long Beach.
Both days we sailed in light offshore breeze building slightly throughout the day. The water was very flat. We were lucky to escape the Chicago winter and enjoy racing against mostly PCISA teams in 60-degree weather.
Sunday morning we returned to the Local Spot for a pre-regatta breakfast. We got to the beach at around 9:30 am, only to be postponed until around 12:45 pm. We spent the postponement catching up with NTS alums Ben Lewis ‘20 and Noah Barton ‘19, and eating fresh fruit from a pop-up cart. B Division sailed a total of 6 races, while A Division sailed 4. A total of 8 races were sailed in each division. After sailing ended we spent the evening in Seal Beach before taking the red-eye home.
New Trier placed 2nd overall in Silver Fleet! Congratulations to our CYC teammates at Walter Payton for winning Silver fleet. Thank you to coach Addie and Katie. Thank you to USC and PCISA for hosting a great event. And thanks to Emil’s and Izzy’s moms for chaperoning.