CSULB Sailing Association

New Member BBQ – January 31

Like food? Like sailing? (Or want to learn?)

If you are a CSULB student and answered yes to either of these questions, you should attend our Spring semester New Members Welcome BBQ on Saturday, January 31, 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

The BBQ is our club’s “open house” with free food and sailing. Students can learn more about us and sign up for beginner sailing lessons.

The event is held at Leeway Sailing Center, 5437 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803.

Email our club advisor Carol Lyon [sailcsulb@gmail.com] for more information.


Capris Duke It Out at Boxing Day Race

Our Capri 14.2 dinghies are the “worker bees” of the CSULBSA — reserved for beginner instruction 9 months every year. But on December 27, 2014, the Capri fleet stepped into the ring for the first time and competed at the ABYC’s Boxing Day Race.

Four Capris and eight club members entered the annual “pursuit” race — a one-course competition that gives slower boats (such as Sabots and Capris) a time-measured head start over faster boats (such as Lasers, 29ers and Etchells).

Out of 59 boats, our Capris officially finished #42nd, 43rd, 47th and 48th, though it’s hard to put any stock in the ABYC results. A 49er won the overall race easily, but club skipper Kyle Henneberque and crew Brianna Maloney topped the Capri class leaderboard. 

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A ‘Merry Grinchmas’ at Naples Boat Parade

How did the Grinch steal Christmas in Naples? With the CSULB Sailing Association’s help, of course!

The club stole the show at this year’s Naples Christmas Boat Parade by entering a float inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas villain. 

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Feeding Frenzy at Turkey Day Regatta

Over 200 boats from across Southern California entered this year’s Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) Turkey Day Regatta, including two Shields representing the CSULB Sailing Association.

The Shields battled it out over two days and six races, but in the end it was Sopwith Camel Racing (SCR) and skipper Charlie Abbott who took home the Shields class victory. Abbott and crew won 5-of-6 races against skipper Dennis Trombley and his Denito Syndicate Racing team (DSR). 

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Restoration Underway for Shields Yacht ‘Josephine’

The CSULBSA has begun restoring one of its two original Shields. Beginning in August, “Josephine” (hull number 131was moved from her storage space in the Marine Stadium yard to Marina Shipyard in Long Beach. There, she underwent keel and hull work along with a complete paint job and cockpit glassing.

On November 5th, the Sailing Association was on hand for Josephine’s first splashdown since she was hauled out and trailered in early 2007, more than seven years ago.

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Up Hill Sailing Dominates Halloween Regatta

For the first time in five years, Shields Fleet 20 and the CSULBSA competed in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s (ABYC) Halloween Regatta on Saturday October 25. Two CSULB race teams entered, but Up Hill Sailing (UHS) and skipper Chris Hill took home the class win with three consecutive victories.

The regatta featured three ocean classes, including Shields, Cal 20, and 29er classes. Southwesterly winds topped 18-20 mph by the start of Race 2, doubling the 8-10 mph forecasts for Long Beach Harbor.

The course was set west of Island Chafee, near spar buoy 38, with three different windward-leeward combinations for Races 1-3. Despite a competitive showing from Sopwith Camel Racing (SCR) and skipper Charlie Abbott, Up Hill Sailing’s dominance upwind was too much to overcome.

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Club Hosts ‘Capri Rugby’ Match

If you’re a little clueless about what a game of Capri Rugby is supposed to look like, we’re not really sure ourselves — but that didn’t stop the CSULB Sailing Association from attempting its first ever match on October 19th. 

Fourteen club members and beginner students showed up and gave it a college try, and the result was equal parts chaos, frustration, and fun.

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Quick Win for SCR in Pre-Regatta Match Race

Sopwith Camel Racing (SCR) went wire-to-wire for a one race victory on October 18 during a pre-regatta match race with Up Hill Sailing (UHS).

The race was a tune up for Shields Fleet 20, which will enter two teams in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s (ABYC) annual Halloween Regatta on Saturday October 25. 

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Clean Sweep for Team SCR in Opening Race of Fall

It was three races and three wins for Sopwith Camel Racing (SCR) on September 28th as Shields Fleet 20 kicked off its fall racing schedule.

The Fleet’s three active Shields were on the water, and variable winds (8-15 mph) from the South-Southwest made tactical decisions all the more important throughout the day. The windward-leeward course was set West of Island Chaffee, using spar buoy (31) by the Long beach harbor breakwater as the upwind mark. 

Strong starts in all three races weren’t enough from Sail Team ‘Murrica and Team Gwynn Is F’Real (TGIF) to hold off SCR on the downwind legs.

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New Shields Skipper Welcomed

For the second time in a month, the CSULB Sailing Association and Shields Fleet 20 are welcoming a new Shields skipper. Estela Tejidor, a long-time club member, passed her written test and on-water evaluation on September 21st and has joined the ranks of Fleet 20.

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