The past year has been a momentous one for the Jackson Hole Ocean Sailing Team. After a dramatic campaign to compete in the 2015 Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, we’ve been building our training program on Jackson Lake, combined with a variety of training sails and races on the coastal Pacific areas of Marina Del Rey, Orange County and coastal Mexico.
We successfully competed in the TransPac race with a crew of 12, including 18 year old Jackson resident Conner Field as a foredeck master who, with a combination of smarts and athleticism, demonstrated he could race on any boat on the West Coast.
We held a variety of meetings in Jackson to introduce the community to JHOST and the thrill of sailing, including a session with Travis Rice, who regaled attendees with his passion for sailing and racing. We hope to have Travis join us on a race in the Pacific soon.
We have held a series of dry land in Jackson, and on the water training aboard Hokahey in Los Angeles. We had 5 new trainees aboard for a sail training session for a trip from Los Angeles to Catalina and back to LA. That was followed by the Newport to Ensenada Race. We had a mixed crew of adult sailors of varying levels of experience, and 5 youth trainees.
It was the fastest Newport to Ensenada race in recent memory and our trainees had a remarkable ride.
This summer introduced the Lake training program, a joint effort between JHOST and the Teton County Rec Center on Jackson Lake. Heavy winds and sunshine combined to provide a challenging and invigorating sailing experience over two weeks.
Our next ocean race is the Long Point Race series, departing from Newport Beach August 25, with a race to Catalina Island followed by a course race around the Channel Islands and returning to Catalina on August 26 and a race back to Newport on the 27th. There will be a variety of social functions on Catalina during the weekend, allowing participants to meet and talk with other sailors.
Those interested in participating in either the Lake training program or the Long Point program are encouraged to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.