Crosstown rivals: Balboa

2015MeetTeam-Balboa

Next up the team with the shortest commute: Balboa Yacht Club—even with all the PCH construction.

Skipper Alex “I’m on a boat” Steele

Alex Steele
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Florida and Horseshoe Bend

What did you learn to sail in? Optis

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? A good breakfast

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Keeping the mast pointed up,

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Law getting flagged, his reactions are pretty funny…

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Ourselves, if we sail clean we should do well

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We are good at math

Crew Greg “Father Smokey Newman” Newman

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Balboa and CSULB surfing

What did you learn to sail in? Sabot
Kite

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Bacon, lots of bacon
Coffee, cigars

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Um, no

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Quick math and hoping I didn’t miss total by 1, the wrong way

How have you trained for this regatta? Saving quarters and memorizing Bukowski one liners

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Is it Jenn’s Birthday?

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NH, they practice tons and make few mistakes

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Big Al.. And Mrs. Big Al

Skipper Carson Reynolds

Carson
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach and UCSB

What did you learn to sail in? Sabot

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Just in time arrival

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Sailing with and against friends

How have you trained for this regatta? Practice in Harbor 20s

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Saturday 25¢ beers

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? St Francis and Balboa are always closely matched, would like to beat them this year

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? I think it will be another great year of competition

Crew John “Doctor” Novak

Jon Novak
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach

What did you learn to sail in? Lido 14

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Show up

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Game of Risk on the water

How have you trained for this regatta? Practiced ordering light beer from Fabio in lieu of Mai Tais

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? The venue

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NYYC with GWoo’s Catalina 42 as a moving pick in the anchorage.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? It has been decided.

Skipper Katie “Killer” McDowell

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

What did you learn to sail in? Blue Jays

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Can’t say here

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Teamwork

How have you trained for this regatta? Yes

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Singing

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

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

Crew Kelly “Kel” Buchan

Kelly Buchan
Where are you from originally? Colorado

What did you learn to sail in? El Toro

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? A quick aerobics workout to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The combinations can get tricky in 4v4

How have you trained for this regatta? Practice, hydration, sleep. Some beer may have been involved too.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? The venue is pretty spectacular

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The thunderstorm at the other end of the bay—home field advantage and they’re not too shabby either

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? It’s our year

Skipper Peter “Godzilla” Fallon

Peter-Fallon
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Rhode Island and Tufts

What did you learn to sail in? Beetle Cats and Optis

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Coffee, breakfast burrito, zinc, check

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Depends

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Mark 3

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Sunday afternoons with the commentators heckling while teams are tacking up the dock or getting pinned out feet from the spectators

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? NHYC, cross town rivals and on a big winning streak in 2014

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? If we win, it will be due to 5 years of support from BYC to improve team racing and a team that has been focused for the last two years on improving results year over year.

Crew Kelsey Gram

Kelsey Gram
Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Newport Beach, CA and UCI

What did you learn to sail in? Sabots, Laser, CFJ

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Eating breakfast

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song? ROAR!

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Thinking backwards

How have you trained for this regatta? Practiced with SF and YCYC.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Justin Law getting black flagged

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Ourselves, its all a big head game

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Spirit fingers

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