This past weekend, Myself and four other students drove down to San Diego on Thursday night to take part in the Helly Hansen NOOD (National Offshore One Design) regattas in our boat, a J70 called Cake. We stayed at a house on Harbor view drive in Point Loma just above the San Diego Yacht Club. On Friday morning, we woke up, took our showers and made our self’s eggs and bacon for breakfast. We packed up the car and drove over to Coronado. On our way, we passed over the Coronado bridge where we could see the huge military ships in south Coronado bay where we would be racing. When we arrived at the Coronado Yacht Club, we started rigging our boat, however we did not get far before a competitors meeting was called. They went through the usual stuff, rules, courses, and agenda.

We left the dock at ten thirty as our first race was scheduled for eleven thirty. We cruised up and down the race course adjusting our boat for the wind and sea state. We got everything set up just the way we wanted it. Ten minutes before the first race we were feeling confident. We knew our weeks of practice would give us an advantage on the other boats. Five minutes before the race, we set our clock for a five minute countdown. Three minutes, we were debating where we should start on the line to get us to the favored side of the course. Two minutes, our minds were in race mode and we knew our game plan. At one minute, we were set up forty meters off the line and other boats were setting up as well. Ten seconds and we were ten meters off the line and we trimmed in our main, unfurled our jib and headed towards the line at full speed. At the gun, we were one meter off the line just to be safe so that we weren’t over early.

We sailed for a total of three days coming in tenth overall and first in the youth division. This means we have qualified for High School Keel Boat Nationals in Newport R.I. We packed up our boat, put it on the trailer and headed back home on Sunday night.


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