SAN PEDRO, CA -- California Maritime Academy and the Los Angeles Yacht Club hosted the 8th annual Port of LA Harbor Cup on March 11-13. Ten teams competed in the intersectional regatta representing four ICSA districts. The event is sailed aboard identically prepared Catalina 37's with crews of seven.
Heavy seas caused by a passing pacific storm forced the race organizers to squeeze the racecourse inside the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater for the first two days of racing. The shortened course kept the fleet close and placed a premium on starting and maintaining narrow lanes of clear air on the upwind legs.
The Bears kept the game close throughout and entered the final day with a chance at 5th for the series, but a pair of poor starts in the last set of races dropped the team to seventh overall.
"We ended up only improving one spot from last season, but it was a much more competitive effort this time around", said Offshore Head Coach Jack Neades.
Coast Guard's Catalina 37 crew consisted of helmsman Andrew Goetz '18, tactician Will Colomb '18, mainsheet trimmer Riely Brande '18, jib trimmer Peter Reeve '17, spinnaker trimmer Erin Wright '18, pitperson Will Gigantelli '18, with Jean-Michel Depew '19, and Jonathan Cardinal '19 alternating on foredeck.
The Offshore Bears will next compete in the NEISA Sportboat Invitational at Coast Guard on April 2-3.