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.


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