The Golden Bear Regatta, held Feb. 23-24 at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Lafayette, Calif., was the scene of the latest dominance, as the school’s varsity and junior varsity boats finished first and second among a 30-boat fleet.
Coach Steve Hunt uses different members of his team based on wind and sea conditions to change boat weight and balance variables. Doing so maximizes boat performance and his flexible roster appears to adapt easily.
Each Pointer boat sailed 16 races, including eight each in two series (A and B).
In the Golden Bear “A” Division event, Hunt tabbed Scott Sinks to skipper the varsity boat. Rebecca McElvain crewed for the first seven of eight races, with Greer Wattson taking her place for the final race.
The “B” Division varsity lineup listed skipper AB Reiter, with Merides McPhee crewing in all eight races.
The junior varisty “A” boat was skippered by Andy Reiter, with Halea Holeseck aboard for races 1-6 and Paul Didham for the final two.
In the “B” junior varsity series, Will Ladow skippered, with Jennifer Johnson assisting.
The event was part of the PCISA (Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association) series.
Scoring in sailing is based on finish order, meaning first-place earns one point, second place is two points, etc. Low score at the regatta’s end wins.
The PLHS varsity boat captured five first places and four second places out of 16 races. Despite one 16th-place finish, the varsity easily outscored the competition for top regatta honors.
The Pointer junior varsity boat racked up four first places and five third places in their runner-up total.
Next up for Pointer sailors is the PCISA’s Gaucho Regatta, slated for March 16-17. Co-hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara sailing team and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, strong winds and cold temperatures are possible.
For Hunt and his team, it’s a chance to wrap up another Roy E. Disney Trophy, awarded to the year’s top-performing PCISA school.