This past weekend finally saw some seasonally appropriate sailing conditions across New England. Panthers sailed in the Priddy Trophy at Sacred Heart on Saturday, and the OToole Trophy at Mass Maritime on Sunday. The Priddy was sailed as the New England Freshmen Championship. Middlebury sent two teams racing in a single division, represented by Allie White, Mollie Ockene, Anna Spiro and Hanna Mass, all from the class of 2021. They placed 5th and 9th.
On Sunday, Nick Jaczko, Valeria Vahkitova, Vick Xu and Gaby Beaulieu sailed at Mass Maritime under shifty wind conditions. They finished in 11th place through 5 races per division, facing strong competition.
Next weekend will be very busy and see Middlebury competing at the NE Dinghy Championship at Brown, Little 3 at Wesleyan, and an invite at UVM.
This past weekend saw the Panthers competing at the Fall Dinghy Tournament at Providence College. Sailing for A fleet were Alex Baskin ’19 and Erich Wu ’19, with Warren Galloway ’21 and Gaby Beaulieu ’20 racing for B fleet. Saturday saw winds building throughout the day for two and a half rotations, and bullets won by both Middlebury boats. Sunday was much windier and saw some tight competition throughout the fleet. There were several close finishes, and rankings switching back and forth with each race. By the end of the day the Panthers secured a very close second place, finishing just one point ahead of Bates College after a protest against the B fleet boat was dismissed. The protest claimed that Middlebury’s B fleet boat committed three fouls against two other boats in one incident, but only did a penalty for two of those fouls. The protest committee determined only two fouls occurred and the appropriate penalty was performed. Racing was ended early for the day due to multiple and consistent capsizes throughout the fleet brought on by strong winds associated with the tropical storm on Sunday night. The second place finish at PC put the Panthers 20th overall for the tournament, out of 34. Full results can be found here:
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.