ELLSWORTH — California Maritime Academy topped nine other college teams to win the 13th annual Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta, sailed March 6-8 in San Pedro, Calif., in equalized Catalina 37 sloops. This was the seventh win for California Maritime since the event was launched in 2008.
Maine Maritime Academy won the inaugural regatta and came back to win again in 2009, but the Mariners never fared as well again though sailing in every event until last year. MMA last sailed in the invitational event, now hosted by Cal Maritime but initially hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, in 2018. The U.S. Naval Academy took home the trophy that year and the academy team finished at the bottom of the 10-boat fleet. In 2017, the Mariners finished fifth, losing the tiebreaker for fourth place in a dead heat with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
This year, the Cal Maritime sailors need a final day rally to keep their win streak alive as the defending champion College of Charleston had a one-point edge in the scoring after eight races. In the last two races of the event, Charleston stumbled with a pair of seventh place finishes, opening the door for Cal Maritime to nab the victory by eight points with second- and third-place finishes.