Cal Sailing Team
The California Golden Bears Sailing Team is a co-ed, competitive, and student-run Cal Sports Club, offered through the Department of Recreational Sports. Initially founded in 1922, the club is the second-oldest sport club at Cal (1) (5). The team operates both in the fall and spring semesters and participates in regattas predominately on the West Coast. The team competes in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC), which in turn is a part of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA); competitors include UCSB, Santa Clara, Stanford, Hawaii, and UC Davis, amongst others (4).
Team, Membership, and Leadership
The team typically practices three days a week - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - while competing at regattas on weekends. Typically, the team consists of 20-30 individuals.
While anyone may express interest to join the team, the team can ultimately only offer room on the team to those who have past experience or are quick to learn basic skills and express an interest in improvement. All team members must be registered with the PCCSC, have an RSF membership, and pay membership fees every semester; members with financial concerns are encouraged to talk to an officer. For further fundraising efforts, the team hosts a Gala Fundraising Event each April.
The team is student run and operates an officer system, with officers voted on by team members every semester. Positions include, but are not limited to, Captain (first in charge of the team), President (in charge of day-to-day team affairs), Treasurer, Fleetmaster, and Recruitment Chair. As of 2014, the team President is Junior Saul Rosen (1).
While the team has no official ability to recruit High School Sailors to the team, those interested in joining are encouraged to fill out a recruitment form (2) and the team will work within its ability to see that you have an opportunity to join the team.
Competing within the PCCSC, Cal Sailing predominately races in PCCSC-official events, such as the Fall PCCSC Championships in Santa Barbara in November, the Spring PCCSC North region competitions in February, and the PCCSC Spring Championships in Hawaii. While the Hawaii regatta requires qualification, the team consistently places high enough to reach this level (1). Additionally, the team hosts the Stoney Burke Invitational in October and the Cal Team Race in March each year.
The team competes predominately in its 12-boat fleet of Flying Juniors, or FJs, two-man dinghy boats used throughout the collegiate sailing scene. Occasionally team members will compete in Laser regattas; Lasers are one-man boats. Cal Sailing is based out of the Treasure Island Sailing Center, located on Clipper Cove on the south side of Treasure Island, located halfway over the Bay Bridge (1).
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