From May 1st to May 3rd 2015, CSULB Fleet 20 sailed in the Shields Ocean – Great Lakes Challenge Cup (OGLC), a class regatta hosted by the Shields Class Association. The event invites all Shields fleets from across the U.S. to send one boat to compete in a series of five races.
This year’s regatta was hosted by Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club (Shields Fleets 7 & 12). It was a formidable class of five competitors, featuring the No. 1, 3 & 5 finishers in last year’s Shields National Regatta, as well as the defending champion of the 2014 OGLC Cup.
Despite sending a crew of some of the CSULB Sailing Club’s most experienced skippers, Fleet 20 ended the five-race regatta in last place with 23 points (5-5-5-4-4).
Two-time national champion Bill Berry of visiting Fleet 10 (Marion, Massachusetts) took first place in the event after winning two photo finishes on the second day of racing (9 points overall).
See the full gallery of photos at the CSULBSA’s Facebook page, here.
The Ocean – Great Lakes Challenge Cup dates back to 1915, after the Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) first created the event to promote racing “between Midwestern and Ocean-going sailors,” according to the Shields Class Association.
The regatta was shelved after the 1953 event, until in 2014, when the CYC and the Shields Class Association brought back the Cup for the first time in over 60 years. In 2014, Monterey Fleet 7’s Pahktun Shah won the Cup in a three-boat event hosted in Lake Michigan in Chicago.
Monterey’s win meant the MPYC would host the event in 2015.
The overall 2015 regatta would be the first Shields-Class event ever attended by CSULB Sailing.
The sailing instructions called for a five-race event held over two days (May 2-3), with a practice day May 1. Five yachts entered the event:
*Fleet 1: Com Crocker (Long Island, NY)
*Fleet 7: Ashley Hobson (Monterey, CA)
*Fleet 10: Bill Berry (Marion, MA)
*Fleet 12: Pahktun Shah (Monterey, CA)
*Fleet 20: Mossy Kennedy (CSULB, Long Beach, CA)
The course for all three days was set in Monterey Bay, which normally has a steady West-Northwest breeze. But, of course, for race weekend the winds were variable, with big shifts to the East on Friday, and then South-Southwest on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s winds started out light and variable, then picked up to 15mph. The wind was ripping on Sunday though, starting out at 15mph but quickly rising to 20-22mph with gusts as high as 25-26mph.
Click here to see the general race course.
RESULTS (Five Races)
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More information on the Ocean – Great Lakes Challenge Cup is available on the Shields Class Association website.