Rose Bowl Regatta Day 1 Report

30th Annual Rose Bowl Regatta

Jan. 3-4, 2015

Hosted by U.S. Sailing Center and Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation

Host school: USC Varsity Sailing Team

January 3, 2015

Saturday's weather: Sunny; wind 6-8k SW; temp. 61F.  
Sunday's forecast: Sunny; wind 5-10k NW; temp 67F.


Once the 30th Rose Bowl Regatta got underway in Saturday's light, chilly breeze, "It went well," Nevin Snow said. 

From Snow's standpoint, that was the understatement of the day.  

The skipper and crew Isabelle Luzuriaza of the Washington D.C. school's A boat won all four of their races in the College A class---a big jump toward defending the championship they won for Georgetown University last year. 

The Hoyas' B boat also led its class with two wins in four races. Coincidentally, the only rival within reach of overtaking them in Sunday's final rounds is last year's runnerup, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy team from Mystic, Conn., 18 points back, 16 to 34. 

There are 30 college teams coast to coast and 62 Gold and Silver high schools, all sailing the 13-foot, 3-inch CFJ dinghies off the beach around the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in the major youth sailing event hosted by the United States Sailing Center and Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation. 

There is seating for spectators on the pier at no charge, with food, refreshments and comfort stations available. Racing will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, conditions permitting. 

Conditions did not permit that Saturday as flags hung limply under bright sunny skies until a modest southwesterly breeze filled in shortly after noon. 

The temperature didn't get past the low 60s, but that was OK with Avery Fanning of the Coast Guard team.  

"I came from minus-2 [degrees] in Cleveland," she said. 

Snow is a San Diego native whose team won the World University Championships in Italy last summer and currently stands a close second to Yale---an absentee here---in the national rankings. 

"We were kind of focused on going fast," he said, "[because] the wind wasn't very shifty . . . kind of typical Long Beach for this time of year." 

Meanwhile, Newport Harbor High School continued its dominance of this season's Pacific Coast Interscholastic Association competition with a first-day's lead of 19 points over Corona del Mar (35). Point Loma is third with 47 points and will need a mighty comeback to win its ninth consecutive Rose Bowl Gold fleet title. 

San Diego's Bishop O'Dowd leads the Silver fleet with 31 points, seven ahead of The Bishop's School. 

The leaders

College: 1. Georgetown University, 16 points; 2. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 34; 3. Boston College, 51. 

High school Gold: 1. Newport Harbor, 19; 2. Corona del Mar 35; 32. Point Loma, 47. 

High school Silver: 1. Bishop O'Dowd, 31; 2. The Bishop's School, 38; 3. Cathedral Catholic, 40. 


The US Sailing Center, once envisioned solely as a training site to help sailors fulfill their Olympic dreams, has developed into a center of training for sailors of every ability, from developmental clinics and hosting of world-class regattas to coaching area high schools and the USC collegiate sailing team. Programs also include Youth At-Risk activities, Learn-to-Sail classes for all ages and disabled sailing opportunities through the center's own Disabled Sailing Association. Learn more  

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