The San Francisco Gold Cup was quite a wild ride. From gusty wind, choppy waters, broken foils, tangled bridals, freezing cold evenings, foggy mornings and sunny afternoons – this regatta had it all!
This was my second international regatta and much bigger than the first. With almost 70 competitors hailing from about 17 countries, it was quite a busy starting line. The US Junior Foil Nationals were also held as part of the event.
After a not-too-great first day, I put myself back together and took day two just one race at a time. I sailed clean, did not have to get rescued, and did not break anything – accomplishment! I was super stoked when I found out I had made it into Gold Fleet, which meant the top 35 kiters overall. Sailing about five races a day, I was constantly battling with Chip Wasson and Nick Leason, who was convinced I had legs of steel.
It was also very cool to have some of my great friends from swimming come down and watch a day of racing!
In the end it was a very fun regatta. I finished 29th overall in Gold Fleet; 2nd in women’s, and 3rd in the Junior Nationals. But what’s even better than the scores was the experience I had kiting on the San Francisco Bay in some of the toughest sailing conditions in the world, competing with the best riders in the world.
Thank you everyone for showing up and making this a one-of-a-kind experience. I hope you all come again next year!