Offshore Sailing Wins the LA Harbor Cup
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy varsity offshore sailing team won the LA Harbor Cup this past weekend on the Pacific Ocean off Palos Verdes, California. The LA Harbor Cup is the West Coast’s Big Boat Championship.
For the first time since the regatta's inception 11 years ago, Navy came away with the victory, convincingly beating nine other teams in the 10-race series.
Racing began Friday with Navy posting a 5,2,2 in standard southern California sea breeze conditions. Saturday brought drizzle and atypical light and flukey southeasterly winds which suited Navy perfectly. They scored 1,1,4,1,6 to finish the day with a commanding lead over second place.
On Sunday, all they had to do was stay close but instead they came out in the first race of the day and beat the only two teams that had a shot at catching them to clinch the series with one race to spare. Navy sailed the course on the last race but generally stayed out of the way of their competitors who were battling for the other podium positions.
Navy was followed by UC Santa Barbara and South Florida in the top three. Cal Maritime was fourth and was followed by the College of Charleston, Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland), Mass Maritime, USC, Hawai’i and Maine Maritime.
Navy’s crew consisted of senior skipper Ted Papenthien (tactician), senior Matthew Hundt (helm), senior Christopher Cantillo (main trim), senior Edward Decker (upwind trim), senior Patrick Francis (downwind trim), senior K. Parriott (pit), senior Gunnar Hough (bow) and junior Cassidy O'Brien (mast).