Monthly Archives: November 2012

FOUST Newsletter: November 2012

UCLA sailors in race gear. From left: Emelia Pelliccio ('13), Peter Bailey ('15), Erica Parker ('14), Louise Lehman ('14).

Dear Friends,

There weren’t too many regattas this month, but we do have results from the regatta formerly known as North/South, the fall PCCSC dinghy championships in Santa Barbara. Since it’s just one regatta, we’ll give it to you up front instead of a separate section below. UCLA took 17th in this three-division regatta, with Emelia Pellicio (’13) and Erica Parker (’14) in A Division, Gabe Monti (’15) and Carly Olenick (’13) in B Division, and Peter Bailey (’15) sailing a laser in C Division. Stanford won this one easily, finishing with less than half the points of second place Hawaii. For the Bruins, Emelia and Erica finished on a strong note in an otherwise tough regatta, taking third in the final A Division race.

One of the most frequent questions we get at FOUST is whether we have UCLA Sailing gear for sale. Although the answer is still not yet (but hopefully soon!), the team is bringing you the next best thing: a chance to get jackets embroidered with a UCLA sailing logo. (For real this time.) The Henri Lloyd jackets that the team is getting are apparently sold out, but alumni can order whatever jackets you want as long as you get them to Westwood before December 15. Embroidery will cost about $15, plus the cost of shipping to you after they’re embroidered. We would also encourage anyone who takes advantage of this opportunity to consider a donation to the team in return for their effort dealing with this. Please email us ASAP if you’d like to get something embroidered and we’ll give you the address to send it to.

In other news, we’ve got a fundraising pitch from team captains Emelia and Erica for the team’s upcoming regatta in France, the Course Croisiére EDHEC. This keelboat regatta has become an annual tradition for UCLA, where the Bruins represent the U.S. at the largest college sailing event in the world. Please consider helping out if you can. Finally, we have the story of three UCLA sailing alumni who are starting a business to improve the distillation of sodabe (palm sap liquor) in Benin, West Africa, and import it to the U.S., while also improving the lives of local farmers.

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FOUST Newsletter: October 2012

Low wind at Tomales Bay, where a number of UCLA alumni competed in the Vanguard 15 Fleet 53 championships. Kevin Richards ('00) and Neha Bazaj ('10) finished second of fifteen boats.

Dear Friends,

Another year of UCLA sailing has started, and the team has already competed in four regattas. We’ve got results for you below. They’ve also had a great start recruiting, with 25 new sailors showing up for the initial recruiting event and around 18 staying involved so far. The roster was starting to get a little low last year, but with only one graduate departing last spring and a good turnout this fall, the future of the team looks as bright as ever.

The team shifted to a new practice schedule this fall, getting on the water on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Considering the number of Monday practices that got cancelled when people were worn out from regatta weekends, I wish we had thought of that while I was there. Instead of sailing on Mondays, they’ve been holding chalk talks in Westwood to help get the new recruits up to speed. So far, these have been well attended by new and returning members alike.

In addition to regatta results, we’ve also got some updates on alumni sailing activities, including dinghy racing, distance sailing, and a pirate festival.

These newsletters often include a request for donations to the team. Right now, though, there are significantly greater needs. Please do what you can to help with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, whether that’s donating money to the Red Cross, giving blood, or if you’re in the affected areas, volunteering. Don’t worry, we’ll get back to hitting you up for money for the team soon enough. For now, we hope that any members of the FOUST community who are on the east coast are staying safe.