Editor's note: The writer of this piece is a parent of sailing team members.
Finishing just a point behind the winner, the Newport Harbor High School Sailing Team placed 2nd in the Gold Fleet division in Pacific Coastal Interscholastic Sailing Assn.'s High School Regatta in Santa Barbara during the weekend of March 19-20.
The Corona del Mar High School Sailing Team placed third out of 28 teams from all over California. It is called the Gaucho Regatta, because the sailing team at UC Santa Barbara sponsors it.
The teams competed on March 19, sailing in the open ocean in 10 to 14 knots of wind, with light rain coming down all day. The racing was canceled on Sunday, as a major storm bore down on Santa Barbara, with small-craft warnings and 25 to 30 knots of wind and 10- to 12-foot waves breaking in the harbor.
On Saturday, viewing of the races was best off the Santa Barbara Pier in the middle of the main beach. The teams would return to shore, beach their boats and then switch sailors, because all of the teams rotated in the boats and sailed different boats throughout the regatta.