The Edmond Sun

December 23, 2012

UCO sailing invited to compete in Sugar Bowl Regatta

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma sailing team will go bowling over the winter break after being invited to compete for a second year in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta at Southern Yacht Club on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, La. Dec. 30-31.

First sailed in 1934, the Sugar Bowl Regatta is the longest-running collegiate regatta in North America and it is considered one of the premiere competitions in collegiate sailing by many coaches. The regatta is sponsored by Allstate Sugar Bowl Foundation and hosted by Tulane University.

“It is a great opportunity for the sailing team to represent UCO at this prestigious regatta. Universities from around the country attend this event and some of our nation’s best sailors competed in the Sugar Bowl Regatta during their college years,” said David Bass, Ph.D., a UCO professor of biology who serves as coach and sponsor of the sailing team.

The Central sailing team has been practicing three days a week since the beginning of the semester after having to relocate practices from Lake Hefner to Lake Arcadia due to the low water levels. Sailing is a club sport at UCO and the team competes against other university teams, both club and varsity levels, across the nation.

“One of the great things about college sailing is how all of the student-athletes are intensely competitive on the water, and then they all socialize together between races and in the evenings when the competitions are over. Many of them have become friends and look forward to seeing each other at future regattas,” Bass said.

This semester the team has traveled to Galveston, Texas; Lawrence, Kan.; and New Orleans, La., and competed in three regattas.

The Sugar Bowl Regatta will conclude the fall racing season. Central’s team is scheduled to sail in five regattas in Texas and Louisiana during the spring racing season, which starts in late January.

For more information contact Bass at 974-5772 or