"Somewhere in the high 300's, possibly 400 or more" Says Forrest Gay, the Nor Cal Representative and vice president of the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association or PCISA, about numbers in attendance in this past weekend's Golden Bear event held at the Treasure Island Sailing Center at Clipper Cove on San Francisco Bay. "There were 64 teams in attendance, up from the 60 team limit we usually set," Forrest continues " We received 4 additional sets of sails at the 11th hour, so we expanded our cut off limits"

"Each team is allowed 4-8 members, and many have heavier team members for windier conditions, that may not have sailed this weekend due to the lighter conditions, as this was a team competition, teams can elect to sail whom they desire, so its a bit of a moving target"

No matter how you cut it, or divide the numbers, it's big. From its humble beginnings
back in 1964, when Dave Ullman, then a Student at Newport Harbor High, and Kim Desenberg, who was at Corona del Mar High engaged in the 1st high school competition under the guidance of Bill Wakeman, the numbers have grown to the 81 high school teams representing the Pacific Coast Division.

2014 Golden Bear Regatta – PCISA #4

The 2014 Golden Bear Regatta was sailed out of Treasure Island Sailing Center for the third year this past weekend. The 64 new sets of PCISA sails arrived in California just in time and the sailors had the privilege of hoisting brand new sails right out of the plastic bags on Saturday morning. With the new sails the PCISA allowed 64 teams to participate even though the regular regatta cap is 60. The Bay Area Youth Sailing Board worked hard to install all the floating docks for launching and rotations, since TISC keeps them in the parking lot during the winter.

On Saturday morning the fleet was greeted to warm and sunny conditions with a light westerly filling in during the skippers’ meeting. The teams launched on time and the first race was started on time just after 11am. The morning wind started out great and then started to die on the second beat of this first race. It got too shifty and the RC abandoned race 1. After a short break the real westerly filled and the sailors were treated to a perfect 7-11 knots. The venue provides nice flat water and a close dock to rotate efficiently on, so the RC was able to complete two-and-a-half full rotations before 5 o’clock.

On Sunday a 10:30 start time was scheduled but with a light southerly the fleet was kept on shore to wait for the westerly. At about 11:15 the boats began to launch for an 11:45 start. Unfortunately this promising breeze died quickly and all the boats drifted around for over an hour. At just after 1 o’clock the wind was back on and great racing resumed in moderate breeze under sunny skies. The RC was only able to complete 7 total races for Silver Fleet and 8 for Gold Fleet before the 4 o’clock cutoff time. With the Gold and Silver split as well as the regular A and B divisions, with rotations every two races, this was actually a lot of racing for the high school teams. 30 races were scored over the weekend and

Newport Harbor High School took first place in Gold, with Long Beach Poly winning Silver.
Big thanks to Barb and Steve Grove for scoring the regatta. Thanks also to SFYC race management and the BAYS Board for organizing the entire event.

~Forrest Gay~

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With 50 teams representing Nor Cal, 29 teams in Socal and 2 in Hawaii, there are many opportunities for high school aged sailors to participate. " Most schools have a satellite training center, usually a local yacht club," Forrest says "Locally we have the Stockton Sailing Club, Richmond YC, San Francisco YC, Sausalito YC, StFYC, Santa Cruz YC, and Monterey Peninsula, to name a few. The teams pay the YC or are donated the access to boats and coaching, but they represent the High Schools. We are actually down a few teams over our all time high number, which hurts when the Nationals roll around and we receive fewer numbers to compete" Forrest adds.

There are 5 Major district events held annually, The Golden Bear (SF) The Sea Otter ( Monterey), The Gaucho (Santa Barbara), The Anteater (Newport Beach) and The Rose Bowl ( Long Beach). As the teams sail primarily during the school year, the events are spread out evenly during the school year, and Southern California offers more pleasant
conditions, on average during winter the law of averages favors more events to the South.

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