Help the team stay afloat with a new fleet!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Although 2016 may be winding down, the team is winding up an ambitious fundraising drive for FIVE boats and we are reaching out to solicit your support. Read on for a detailed note from the team, or head straight to the team’s fundraising page to make your donation! The campaign runs through January 31.

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First off, I want to say that we are incredibly proud of the team and all of the progress it has made in the last four years. Four years ago we had less than 10 active members, very few organized practices, and consistently scored in the middle to back of the fleet in regattas. I am very proud to say that today we have about 50 very enthusiastic active members, unprecedented practice attendance, and we have extremely organized and productive practices that are leading us to improve our scores greatly. We have a lot of incoming talent and some members with little experience who are excited to learn and are picking up racing very quickly. As you know, our women’s team made it to women’s nationals for the first time ever last year, and we are looking to build on that momentum and take our team to the next level.
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2016 Alumni Regatta

Hi Friends,

Just a reminder that the 2016 UCLA Sailing Team Alumni Regatta is THIS SATURDAY, MAY 14th!  As always, great food, people, and sailing.

Report time is 10:00 and we’ll hopefully start sailing by 11:00.  Racing at the MAC will be followed by a fleet dinner at the Schwegler’s house in Long Beach.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so here, or if you’re not a facebook user just send us an email so we have a sense of how many people to expect.

We haven’t done a very good job of communicating the team’s accomplishments in the last year, and there have been a lot of them.  To name a few, the team is close to completing a $10,000 fundraising goal for new boats, the coed team took 7th at PCCs, the women’s team finished 5th at PCCS, and the Bruins will be competing at the WOMEN’S NATIONAL SEMIFINALS in San Diego on May 24th-25th.
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FOUST Newsletter: June 2015

2015 Regatta

Dear Friends,

First, an enthusiastic thank you to everyone who made it out to the 2015 Alumni Regatta! We had very high participation from current team members and alumni alike—see below for Bill Edwards’ more detailed synopsis of the weekend.

This year, the team aims to purchase either two gently used practice boats or one brand new racing boat. We’ll provide updates on their progress towards that goal over the next year.

On that note, if you are new to FOUST or didn’t get a chance to renew your FOUST membership, you can do that and/or donate here.

I’m also happy to announce our new FOUST officers for the year. Neha Bazaj will return as our trusty treasurer. Sam Wheeler and myself resume our alternating posts as president and vice president, respectively, and Erica Parker and Louise Lehman will co-serve as secretary. Finally, graduating senior Kimberly Alcorn will serve as team liaison.

The team has also elected their new officers, carrying on a tradition I’m particularly proud of—female leadership! Senior Kylie Sullivan and junior Sarah Wyman will serve as co-captains. Congratulations, ladies!

This year, some of our goals for FOUST are to provide more frequent but shorter email updates, make some cool swag for purchase, get more alumni and friends involved, and of course, raise plenty of cold hard cash for the team.

Happy sailing,
Lyzz Schwegler

UCLA Sailing Team, Class of 2007
Vice President, Friends of the UCLA Sailing Team

2015 Alumni Regatta Recap

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Thanks to Bill for contributing most of this epic recap.

With over 50 attendees participating in twenty races, the 2015 UCLA Sailing Team Alumni Regatta was a screaming success. Current team members, alumni, and friends converged on our old home turf at the Marina Aquatic Center, hailing from as far as the east coast.

For the day, we were transported back to any one of the countless afternoons we spent sailing an FJ with our best friends, sun on our back, breeze on our shoulder. Some of us even got to wander around with absurd facial hair! A compilation of photos from the event can be found here.

The day began with fleet racing under a steady 7-knot breeze. With sailors rotating in and out of boats after every couple races, the Race Committee ran 10 races. This year, we implemented a four race minimum for award consideration to address a crafty tradition of sailing only one race and then sneaking off to keep averages high (I’m lookin’ at you Oscar!).

With eight boats on the line for every race, the ultimate fleet racing champions were:

First Place: Judge Ryan (UCLA transfer to Brown ’14, sailing 4 races, average of 1.25)
Second Place: Ben Pedrick (Stanford ’10, sailing 4 races, average of 2.25)
Third Place: Sam Wheeler (UCLA ’08, sailing 4 races, average of 2.75)

After fleet racing, we had enough enthusiasm to build six teams and sail 10 races. Though we didn’t finish all the races we wanted to, we all agreed that there was one team that was clearly on top:

Sarah Macpherson (UCLA ’18), Emelia Pelliccio (UCLA 13’), and Judge Ryan put together four flawless races and were proclaimed the winners.

For the first year ever, the day’s winners received UCLA Sailing First Place trophy pint glasses, provided by Vlad Mikulich (big thanks for his continuing support of the sailing team!).

While many people helped to organize races and get people off the docks, current Sailing Team Captain Kylie Sullivan (UCLA ’16) also deserves a huge thank you for managing the race committee boat and making sure that we always had a top notch course.

While we were exceptionally pleased with the turn-out at the event this year, we greatly missed those who couldn’t make it. To those who who planned to attend but couldn’t due to personal emergencies, our thoughts are with you we’re all to sending good vibes your direction. Those of you slackers that didn’t make it for less legitimate reasons, get your act together next year! We want to see you!

Following tradition, over 30 regatta participants converged at the Schweglers’ lovely home in Long Beach, where much food and drinks were had, along with the annual alumni wrestling match and the second annual Three Man competition. Many thanks to the Schweglers for another memorable evening.

Regatta Photos

Check out this photo album featuring shots from Bill and Harsh Shah!

Regatta Video

Also check out this great video of the afternoon from graduating senior Kieran Hashmi!

2014 Alumni Regatta: Notice of Race

NOTICE OF RACE: UCLA SAILING TEAM 2014 ALUMNI REGATTA
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Location: UCLA Marina Aquatic Center (14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA)

Format: As with years past, we will try to run open rotation fleet races early in the day to determine teams for evenly-matched team racing in the afternoon. We are starting a little later this year due to a busy schedule at the MAC, so may shorten the fleet race portion. Courses will depend on conditions and participation.

Entries: All are welcome. Please RSVP using facebook or send us an email. We call this the “alumni regatta” mostly out of tradition – we would love to see parents and other friends of the team out on the water too!

Entry Fee: FOUST and current team members – no charge. All others – $15 at the door. (If you have not yet paid 2014 FOUST dues, and are not signed up for auto-renewal, please pay dues here.)

Schedule:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

1200: Report and Registration
1230: First Start
All Day: Food, Beverages, and Good Times
Finish time TBD

After Racing: FOUST annual meeting to elect officers
After Meeting: Fleet dinner at the Schweglers’ house! 4153 Cedar Ave, Long Beach.

Lodging and Transportation: If you would like to share a ride from a major California city, or need a place to stay, contact FOUST and we’ll see what we can do.

Rules: This regatta will be governed by the rules in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016. Mostly.

Alumni Regatta Survey

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This was last year. When’s it happening this year?

Interested in coming to the alumni regatta?  Fill out our survey here!  We are taking votes for Memorial Day weekend and the weekends before and after, but the final decision will also depend on what works best for the MAC and the team.   Survey closes on Sunday, March 9.

If you’re currently on the team there’s a different survey for you here.

-Sam