The second biennial Corsair Cup: Your Name Here Regatta, with all the great racing and awesome camaraderie, was a blast.
Ten teams from all around the bay, and even SoCal, competed for two slots at the 2012 Koch Cup. Not only did the teams race to qualify for the Koch Cup, but the team that gets first overall gets the regatta named after their ship.
Next time this regatta happens in 2013 it will continue to be known as the Corsair Cup because Jacob Abrahams and Kevin Blincoe of the Corsair took first overall along with one of the qualifying slots for the Koch Cup. Parker Smith and Adam Millson of the Sea Witch took third overall and the other qualifying slot for the Koch Cup. The southern California Triton team of Delana Stoica and Sarah Craigtook second overall.
The racing, especially on the second day, was very competitive. There were a few collisions here and there, including a very spectacular one where the Sea Witch team managed to get their mast tangled with the Triton team’s mast. Fortunately throughout the regatta everyone was a good sport and did their penalty turns.
The regatta chairman, Josh Gilliland, did a very good job of ordering the weather for this event. The conditions were constantly changing, with winds ranging from 0-3kts in the morning, and growing to 15-20kts in the afternoon, everyone was tested to their limits. Well most people were tested to their limit.
The race committee did a fantastic job of keeping the regatta fun and fair; though after seeing them entertain themselves between races their sanity was questioned.
Aside from the racing, there was a lot of great fun to be had. There was a Wii to play with when not racing and the food was some of the best I have ever had at a Sea Scout event. We had everything from Bacon and chocolate covered mini donuts for breakfast; to salmon ceviche, mango salad and tri-tip for dinner.
The awards dinner was a lot of fun with fantastic prizes donated by Harken and Sailor Bags, and a cool slideshow with some pictures and videos of the weekend.
Below is a great video put together by none other than Regatta Chairman Josh Gilliland.