This past weekend saw the Panthers competing at the Oberg Trophy at MIT. There were three divisions racing, sailed by Alex Baskin ’19 and Erich Wu ’19 in A fleet, Ben Arquit ’20 and Rebecca Freeman ’18 in B Fleet, and Rayne Parker ’21 and Jeanelle Tsai ’21 for C fleet.
Both days saw variable winds and strong competition against all the Boston area schools. Racing started Saturday after a short delay. There was patchy wind throughout the day and there were a few general recalls in all fleets. A Fleet didn’t get off the water until almost 7 PM and finished racing in near darkness. Sunday brought a longer postponement in the morning which eventually gave way to more favorable winds throughout the remainder of the afternoon.
Both days saw support from Alumni, current members not racing, and Coach Alex Levin. There was consistent improvement throughout the weekend, which allowed the team to place above Maine Maritime academy by Sunday. C fleet was able to get some strong starts and force a few competitors over the line early, and A fleet was able to make several comebacks, passing boats on each second beat.
Unfortunately the team missed qualifying for the Schell regatta by one place, and instead will be competing in the Fall tournament at Providence College this weekend, and Salve Regina the following weekend. We are hoping to finish the season strong.