Final Weekend of Racing for Middlebury Panthers!

Another great weekend for the MCSC! We were fortunate to travel to Boston to compete in two events and Newport, RI to race for Salve Regina’s Sister Esther Trophy.

We were lucky to have two beautiful days of sailing with gusty North to Northwest breeze, sunny skies, and comfortable temperatures.

From Jade Forsberg:

After navigating through the maze of streets in Boston and debating whether the regatta was named the No Ringer or Noringer, we finally arrived at the BU sailing center. We were blessed with an unseasonably warm fall day and a great, though still shifty, breeze (about 10-13kts with stronger gusts). A fleet promptly headed out and while they all seemed eager to sail, some just couldn’t resist taking a dip in the Charles with such great weather! Once races started it became apparent that there was very little room for error, especially amongst the top boats in the fleet. After only 4 races, the race committee decided to end early, leaving Midd with a solid 11th place out of 18. While our sailors were sad not to have more time on the water they were very pleased with their performance including some very good, consistent starts in B fleet. 
Sunday was a bit colder, but even more sunny as the team headed down to MIT for the Crew’s regatta – involving a true test of trust between skipper and crew. Dylan Quenneville and Vick Xu took the helm for their first regatta as skippers and asserted themselves on the racecourse. Vick demonstrated a keen willingness to master the infamous tech dinghy, showing great improvement between his races, while Dylan became the master of starts, wining most of them in A fleet. The wind was slightly lighter than Saturday but ten times as shifty, making racing a feat of well-calculated strategy and a fair bit of luck. We ended the day with a 10th overall from our crews-turned-skippers and headed home just in time for dinner, still debating whether we sailed the No Ringer or Noringer on Saturday. 
Nate, Lexie, Dylan, Vick, and Jade at the MIT Crews regatta

Noringer/No-Ringer results and Crews results.

In Newport, the Panthers raced against 19 other schools in a competitive regatta, also featuring excellent sailing conditions. Newport is known for excellent sailing conditions and a vibrant sailing culture. It is always exciting to be able to sail on the ocean in November surrounding by massive yachts and beautiful oceanside mansions!
In two days of sunny skies, both divisions sailed 11 races, all of which were W4s. Both days featured a strong incoming tide, making some tactical decisions difficult. Along with a few crazy wind shifts, the course was hardly an easy one to decipher and conquer. In A Division, Ben Brown and Alden Cowap had a few excellent starts throughout the regatta, giving the team some solid results. At this level of competition, it can be difficult to hold your position throughout the entirety of the race. In B Division, Alex Baskin and Rebecca Freeman sailed an excellent regatta, finding numerous opportunities to make great gains on windward legs by finding large lanes on lifted tacks. Sunday’s sailing started off great, with Ben and Alden sailing a very commanding race and taking a second place. Though the rest of the results were not all single digit finishes, we were happy with our progress over the weekend and our ability to approach different racecourse situations to avoid fouls and improve on our previous days mistakes. We are getting closer to stringing together stronger, complete races with each regatta. We were very happy to have family members come watch the sailing on Sunday and providing delicious donuts for the sailors!
Overall, the Panthers finished 15th overall, including numerous strong finishes over top teams. Great job to all sailors this weekend! Thanks to John and his crew at Salve for hosting a great event.
See full results and summary here.
Rebecca, Commodore Meghan, Coach Alex, Alex, Alden and Ben in front of a beautifully blue Newport harbor
The team now moves into boat and dock removal before Lake Dunmore freezes! We appreciate all of the support from fans, family, sailors, and many others who have helped our team progress throughout this enjoyable season.

New England Fall Tournament Weekend and Freshman Regatta

The Middlebury Panthers kicked off Halloween Weekend with an exciting and breezy practice at Dartmouth’s Mascoma Lake on Friday. We were treated to gusty NW winds blowing 10-20 straight up and down the lake. Dartmouth, Middlebury, and UVM, part of NEISA’s “Northern Alliance” raced three W4’s before the darkness set in and all three teams continued their travels further south for a weekend of competition.

Sailors of the ‘Northern Alliance’ dressed up post practice

After a team dinner, the Panthers hit the road, heading to Mass Maritime for the Fall Tourney and Tufts for the Nickerson Trophy, an all Freshman regatta.


From Lexie Lessing:
This Halloweekend, the Midd Sailing first-years headed to Mystic Lake for Tuft’s Nickerson Trophy. Saturday showed some very light and inconsistent conditions, with four races being completed by the end of the day in Larks. Division A (Alex Baskin and Erich Wu) had a top 5 finish in the last race of the first day. Sunday brought heavier winds from 7-12kts and huge puffs for another two sets of races. Less consistent racing on day 2 but good upwind legs by Lexie Lessing and Nick Jaszco in Division B. In the end, both A and B came in 14th in their respective divisions, with Midd finishing 15th overall. 

Great job by all of our sailors at Tufts. See the regatta summary here with full scores here.

Nick, Erich, Lexie, Alex
Waiting for the wind on Mystic Lake


What would Halloween be without costumes?



At Mass Maritime, the sailors battled a brief postponement on land before being treated to four races in each division on Saturday. As predicted, the sailors at Great Herring Pond saw a light and shifty SSW breeze at 5-7. Middlebury and Mass Maritime fought with each other all day, but it was Middlebury who lead after day one through eight excellent races, including three bullets by the Panthers on day one. Ben Brown and Alden Cowap sailed an impressive and very consistent regatta, scoring 4 firsts, 3 seconds, and 1 third!

Saturday morning postponement

Sunday featured a stronger and puffier SSW breeze with warmer temperatures. Each team sailed their best sailing of the season throughout Sunday, providing every coach, sailor, and spectator with eight exciting races, featuring numerous extremely close finishes. The final race featured a back-and-forth duel between UNH and Mass Maritime, with MSM beating UNH by just a few inches. Unfortunately, the Panther’s could not take home the top spot at the tourney, but were very pleased with a second overall finish after 16 well-sailed races. Megan Colwell and Sarah Scott sailed a very impressive regatta in shifty conditions. They held their own even in the strongest breezes, winning one race and netting three straight second place finishes. Great job girls!

Big thanks to Diana W from UNH for running the regatta and Andrew Kirk from MSM for hosting.

For more details and final scores, see here.

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Happy sailors after two excellent days of sailing


The team is off to Salve Regina for the Sister Esther in Newport, RI and the No Ringer/Crews regatta at Harvard and MIT this weekend. Wish us luck!



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