Long Commute: Meet Team Balboa

Loser of the Longest Commute Award, Balboa Yacht Club returns to Baldwin after a year hiatus. Securing their spot at the Jean Schenck Team Race, the sailors from across the bay will surely be contenders.

Alex Steele

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Sarasota, Fl and St Mary’s

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Steele

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Good breakfast

What is your sailing background? Lots of laser sailing in my youth and started team racing in high school. I sailed at St Mary’s in college and have more recently been sailing offshore events and big boats.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? More Mai Tais than beers

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? No single team, this regatta is so deep there really aren’t any gimmes.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Preparation and sailing in home waters.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Carson Reynolds

CarsonWhere are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and at UCSB

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Dougie

What is your pre-regatta ritual? High fives

What is your sailing background? Sailed in Newport since I was 11. I sailed in High School and College. Have been sailing match races, team races, and offshore since college.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? Depends on how we’re doing.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The lido lift

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? The Flying V

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Chuck Simmons

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? San Diego and The Ocean

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Dumass

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Haircut

What is your sailing background? Sailing since about 8 years old. Have sailed on everything from Melges 24s to Americas cup boats. Have done a lot of match racing and I really like team racing.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? 10

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Everybody

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Cause we practiced?

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Greg Newman

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? From Palm Springs. Didn’t sail in college, but I surfed every day before class.

What are your sailing nickname(s)? “Hellooo Newman”, “cigar?”

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Bacon and scurvy juice

What is your sailing background? You are kidding, right? I have a Duffy license.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? None. I’m drinking on Fuller’s tab.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC…effort and talent.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Closer this year..keep watching.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?
Story of My Life, Sick Boy and

Katie McDowell

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Rhode Island and Brown

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Britney

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Hanging with Newman

What is your sailing background? College sailing, Olympic sailing, some coaching

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? Lots

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Balboa YC

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Balboa YC

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Kelly Buchan

Kelly Buchan copyWhere are you from originally? Colorado

What are your sailing nickname(s)? Kel

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Hydrate

What is your sailing background? I grew up sailing on the lakes in Colorado and cruising with my family in the Caribbean, Pacific Northwest and Chesapeake Bay. I taught sailing during my summers in college at Balboa YC in Newport Beach, CA. I raced competitively in big boats, sport boats and catamarans while living in Auckland, NZ for a couple of years after college. I’m now racing Farr 40s in Southern California along with team racing and match racing for BYC.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? It depends how the regatta goes…

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? New York YC will be tough competition. I’ve heard they’re sending a few seasoned team racers and they have a pretty stellar track record at this event.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We have nerves of steel and cat-like reflexes.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Kelsey Gram

Kelsey Gram-1Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach, CA andUC Irvine

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Eating Breakfast…

What is your sailing background? “Grew up sailing in Newport Harbor. Raced for 4 years for Newport Harbor High School fleet and team racing. Raced at UCI for 4 Years, fleet, team and women’s, qualified for Women’s nationals junior year in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? 8

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Newport Harbor. They have an extensive pool of talent and boats to draw from.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We are seen as the underdogs. We have been growing our team race team over the past few years and we have what it takes to out smart the competition!

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?

Peter Fallon

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Falmouth, MA and Tufts University

What is your pre-regatta ritual? Breakfast burrito, preferably chorizo, but I’ll settle for ham with some extra cholula.

What is your sailing background? I grew up sailing optimists on Buzzards Bay. I started team racing a lot in high school sailing in New England. Continued dingys in college at Tufts. Coaching for Newport Harbor brought me out to California. Now, I am mostly team racing with some match racing and big boat mixed in.

How many 25¢ beers will you drink during the Cup? Your guess is as good as mine.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Seawanhaka. Defending champs, not to mention a little sibling rivalry.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We’ve added some key pieces to the team over the past couple of years and we’ve had lots of recent practice in the harbor 20s thanks to added support to the team racing program at BYC. This one counts.

If your boat had a theme song, what would it be?
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