The LC Sailing Team traveled to Sail Sand Point in Seattle, WA on February 20 & 21 for the NW Clinic, an annual event which brings all the northwest teams together to be coached for the weekend. The event was hosted by the University of Washington Sailing team. The clinic was sailed in fourteen-foot double-handed Flying Juniors (FJs). Nine coaches, including LC graduate Kyle Eaton, ’06, attended the event to help the sailors hone their skills.
Sailing with the varsity group were Lisa Hodges ’11 and Sophie Harris ’10. On Saturday, they practiced rabbit starts and tacking and gybing on the whistle. They used the afternoon to practice starts and fleet racing. Sunday morning practice was dedicated to team racing maneuvers in very light breeze while the afternoon was spent running practice team races with coaching.
Sailing with the JV group were Evan Carmean ’11 and Melissa Rathbun ’13. On Saturday, they practiced roll tacking and gybing, and starts and practiced racing. They also worked on boat speed by practicing starting and stopping. Sunday was spent practicing fleet racing. The pair sailed without their rudder in the afternoon, a challenging feat even for experienced sailors. Both said that sailing rudderless “was really exciting!”
Weather Conditions: Saturday began with a heavy frost on the docks, despite the strong February sunshine. A light northerly breeze (1-4 mph) died around 11:30 AM and practice was called off. The breeze was stronger (8 -10 mph) from the north in the afternoon, and practice continued until sunset.
Sunday’s conditions were nearly identical, although the morning breeze did not hold for long. After the breeze let up, all the sailors played a friendly game of ultimate Frisbee or lounged atop a grassy knoll in the midday sunshine before the afternoon breeze (5-8 mph) filled in again.
After two great days of sailing, the team bid farewell to the beautiful sailing conditions and returned to Portland.
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