Rain not wind

Rich Roberts looks forward to the US Rose Bowl Regatta this weekend

Thursday January 3rd 2008, Author: Rich Roberts, Location: United Kingdom
Sailors crave wind, not rain, but many of US' best collegiate and high school competitors may settle for both to kick off the 2008 season with the 23rd annual Rose Bowl Regatta Saturday and Sunday.

Last year's light-to-non-existent breeze allowed only six races of the 14 scheduled, and this year the forecast is for five days of Southern California's heaviest rain in three years, in contrast to this week's Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game that were bright and sunny and dry.

But the show will go on, hosted by the USC sailing team, organized by the US Sailing Center of Long Beach and based at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Racing is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. each day.

There will be 30 college teams led by defending champion St. Mary's College of Maryland and 55 high school teams from California, including defending champion Point Loma High School of San Diego - the latter destined for the usual bare-knuckle battle with Newport Harbor High.

All will sail two-person CFJ dinghies with male, female or coed crews competing equally.

St. Mary's, ranked number two in 2007, will once again have Adrienne Patterson, the female college sailor of the year, and can expect its strongest challenge from top-ranked Boston College.

The college lineup also includes six undergraduates among the 18 all-Americans for the year 2007 recently selected: Adam Roberts, Reed Johnson and Brian Kamilar of Boston College, Chris Behm of Georgetown and Jesse Kirkland and John Loe of St. Mary's.

High schoolers will include three of the top four finishers among 88 420s in last week's Orange Bowl Regatta at Miami: Sydney Bolger of Long Beach, Caitlin Beavers of Newport Harbor, Oliver Toole and Willie McBride of Santa Barbara and Chris Segerblom and Kayla McComb of Newport Harbor.

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