MCSC ends season in Newport, Boston

As the team discussed back in early September, the fall sailing season for NEISA schools is a marathon; ten weeks of sailing, multiple practices each week, and countless hours of travel time (actually about 120). Even though we enjoy the excitement throughout the fall season and hate to see the boats getting packed away for the season, we are able to finally relax after the last boat is pulled from the lake.

This past weekend, Vick Xu, Robbie Kelly, Nate Wiener, and Emmet Byron traveled to Boston to compete in two of NEISA’s best regattas, the Professor NoRinger hosted by BU and the Crews regatta hosted by Northeastern. Though we continue to debate if it is Professor “Noringer” or No-Ringer (as in, do not send your ringer), we were once again treated to some of Boston’s trickiest sailing in BU’s basin on the Charles River.

From Vick Xu (2019)
Saturday, November 5, Prof. NoRinger: Morning started out still. Wind did not build up until well around 11:00 a.m.. After that, it featured westerlies with a constant 5 knots and 10 knots of gust throughout the rest of the regatta. Nathaniel Wiener (Skipper) and Emmet Byron (Crew) demonstrated good seamanship and resilience representing Middlebury in Division A, capturing a 3 and a 6 out of the six races. Vick Xu (Skipper) and Robbie Kelly (Crew) raced together for the first time in Division B. It was Robbie’s first regatta and the two demonstrated substantial improvements over the races, ending the regatta with a 6, a 7, and 8 scoring (http://scores.collegesailing.org/f16/noringer/B/). Before the regatta ended, Midd sailors were greeted by former MCSC alum Alex Saunders ’15, who was on a run alongside the river.

Sunday, November 6, Crew’s Regatta: Due to various circumstances, Middlebury sent only one team. Robbie took the helm for the first time aboard the challenging (some say obnoxious) MIT technical dinghy, and was crewed by Vick. The regatta started out with a fight between northerlies and easterlies, whose victories after the second race brought not only gusts of 10+ knots but also rain. Robbie and Vick were able to ride the puffs, ending the regatta with a good ranking of 8/13 amid schools with great sailing programs.

A trip to Boston is not really a trip without a visit to the Shack. Shake Shack burgers and shakes have been great physical and moral supports for the sailors for long. Scores here

In Newport, Jade Forsberg, Alex Baskin, Erich Wu, Casey Astiz, and Ben Brown competed in the 5th annual Sister Esther Open. Despite typical November conditions, sailing in Brenton Cove out of Fort Adams is always an enjoyable weekend of sailing. For some teams, this regatta is a great way to wrap up the season with some strong results in a fun sailing venue. For other teams, this regatta is an ideal way to stay fresh and get some practice in for the teams planning to compete at the ACC/ACT the following weekend.

Saturday’s conditions were a mix of light air with a growing Northwesterly, all while fighting harbor chop and current. From shore, it was apparent that the current would play an increasingly important role in the day’s races. Ben Brown and Casey Astiz started Saturday in A-division with Jade and Erich in B-division. Given the conditions, it was nearly impossible to recover from any mistakes in the beginning of the race. In the afternoon, Alex Baskin filled in for Ben Brown to skipper the last set of the day. The day ended after six races were sailed.

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Sunday’s conditions were quite different than Saturday’s. With an increasing northerly going against the tidal current, the race course consisted of four foot chop and scary whitecaps. Races were postponed until the wind and waves subsided, or until the local Opti sailors decided it was safe to sail. By the time racing resume, two races were sailed in both A and B division.

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BB’18 ready to fly away

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Yes it was that breezy

Ben Brown skippered while Alex Baskin crewed, sailing their best race of the regatta despite the difficult conditions. When the waves cleared and the wind subsided, the Panthers finished the regatta in 16th overall.

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Full scores can be found here. Congrats to Harvard for a dominant win and thank you to Salve/John Ingalls and Stephen for a well run regatta.

Thanks again to Mrs Baskin for the snacks and the photos! The team will be finishing up all boat repairs and storage this week. Next week we will pull the docks for the season and officially wrap up the season. Thanks again to EVERYONE who has supported our team this year. We are ready for the snow to start falling but will start planning for the spring season in a few weeks.

Tourney Weekend! NE Fall Tourney and Freshman Champs

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Another busy and exciting weekend for the 19th ranked Panthers. We were lucky to have the opportunity to travel to two iconic college sailing venues for a big weekend of competition. The weekend kicked off with the annual Halloween practice at Dartmouth, complete with a steady Northerly breeze and Halloween costumes galore. Having the opportunity to practice on a tricky venue with some of New England’s top sailors on the UVM and Dartmouth team provided our team with a great learning experience before the weekend.

Four of our first year sailors traveled to the Nickerson, formally the Freshman ACC’s, hosted by Tufts. The regatta was raced in Larks on Upper Mystic Lake in relatively light air and frustrating conditions.

From Ben Arquit (2020)
This past weekend, Philip Klinck, Sam Scatchard, Eiko Fulton, and Ben Arquit, traveled to Medford, MA for the Nickerson Trophy hosted by Tufts. We were excited to be able to compete against some of the best freshmen in the country in the fastest boat in college sailing, the Turbo Lark. Ben and Philip sailed in A fleet, with Sam and Eiko in B fleet. The team arrived to Mystic Lake on Saturday morning and were greeted by a steady Southerly breeze of about 8-12 knots. Both fleets got two races off in great sailing conditions, with minimal wind shifts. The beginning of the second set for A fleet was the beginning of the end for the wind. It began to die and shifts of as much as 70 degrees caused headaches on the upwind. Staying relaxed and powered up was definitely key to succeeding in these conditions. A fleet got both their set 2 races in and B fleet was sent out for their second set. Race 1 ended in a drifter and race 2 was called off before anyone even reached the windward mark due to lack of wind. That ended day one and we went back to the Klinck’s for a good night’s sleep. The second day brought even shiftier wind out of the West. The first few races saw the starting line within feet of the sailing pavilion, which resulted in great views for all the spectators. The key to day to was not just reading the shifts, but also making sure you stayed in the pressure. There were many examples of boats that were almost half a leg ahead, but lost that whole lead in under a minute if they missed the puff. Both Middlebury boats continued to battle the difficult conditions, but were happy to have had better results on day 2. The leaderboard changed almost every race, as the shifty conditions reeked havoc on consistency. Overall we were satisfied with our performance and look to improve even more as the season winds down. For the freshman, this fall was a great learning experience that we will lean on to build into the Spring season. Thank you to the Klinck’s for letting us stay at their beautiful house and for Mr. and Mrs. Klinck, as well as Mr. Scatchard for coming to cheer us on and bring us food both days! Full scores and regatta recap can be found here

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Ben and Sam were pleased to have sailed the Turbo Larks with jibs this weekend, but would have preferred the breeze from last week’s Peak Foliage!

The New England Fall Tourney was hosted by Conn College on the upper Thames River, just in site of the Schell/Urn Championship hosted by Coast Guard. With the team’s focus solely on this regatta, the Panthers were poised to attack the competition and come away with consistent and strong results. The difficult conditions of the Thames River provided the Panthers with four early races to explore the race course before finding their rhythm. Fortunately, by the end of the day, the two teams combined to win 5 of the final 6 races! However, two races were resailed on Sunday as two W2 courses were sailed, a course not designated in the sailing instructions. Middlebury originally won both of these races, but would have another chance on Sunday to win them again.

The A Division sailors of Ben Brown and Alden Cowap sailed a strong regatta, finishing in first in their division despite a slow start. Winning the last four races, Ben and Alden won the tiebreaker to win A-Division. However, despite the team’s consistent improvement and better understanding of the race course and the conditions, the Panthers were unfortunately no match for Johnson and Wales. The JWU B-division boat stole the show, winning 8/9 races and one 2nd place. In B Division, Alex Baskin and Erich Wu sailed a great regatta, proving that they were 3rd in their division. It will be really exciting to see how these two improve over the next two years of sailing together. They have come a long way! Full scores and results here. Thanks Conn College for hosting.

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Thank you so much to Mr. and Mrs. Baskin (and Stuart) for hosting us this weekend. Despite the tricky conditions and a solid second finish, the team came away pleased and satisfied.

The team looks to close out the season in style this weekend. One group of sailors will be competing at Salve Regina for the Sister Esther Open. The sailing venue is right off of Fort Adams in Newport, RI. Another group of sailors will be competing in Boston at the Professor No Ringer (@ BU) and the Crews (@MIT) regattas.

Thank you to all of the friends, parents, dogs, and supporters of our team. We will be putting our boats away for the season starting next week. Stay tuned for more info about our ‘It’s A-Boat Time‘ fundraiser and our annual newsletter, the 2016 Windward Panther.

Oh So Close! A recap of the past two weeks for MCSC

Simply put, the team would not be where it is today without all of the hard work and contributions made from every single member of this sailing team. Over the past two weeks, the sailing team has experienced new highs and a few lows. For the first time in years (we really are not sure how long), the Middlebury Panthers cracked the top 18 teams of NEISA, topping out at 16th overall after week 6. Week 7’s regatta at Mass Maritime Academy’s Great Herring Pond Open yielded slightly disappointing results, leaving the team in a super close 19th place, just hundreds of decimal points behind Salve Regina in 18th. Salve seemed to save their best sailing for the last two weekends, as they were able to secure a spot in the top 18 of NEISA.

Despite the weather warnings for heavy winds and potentially heavy rains, Nate Weiner/Emmet Bryon and Lexie Lessing/Julia Silva trekked from Middlebury to Boston College for the Central Series #6. With the potential for strong Southwesterly winds, BC allowed teams to make late drops. Never one to quit, the group of Middlebury sailors sent it to Boston to tackle the breezy sailing conditions. After a slow start to the day, the strong winds drove into Boston Harbor, followed by a rain so torrential that Lexie and Julia claimed ‘they could not see or hear the finish line’. Races were called a bit early on Saturday and no final decision was made on racing until the next day. In the end, there was no sailing on Sunday in Boston Harbor, and the team headed back north to Middlebury to find snowy mountain peaks and that fall is already on its way out.

Leading into this past Sunday’s regatta at Tufts, the Middlebury Panthers needed a top score in order to sneak into this upcoming weekend’s Schell Trophy hosted by Coast Guard Academy. The breezy conditions provided spectators with ample entertainment, coaches with five hours of stress, and sailors with exhausting yet exciting sailing. As the breeze was not expected to subside throughout the day, Diana W, UNH’s coach, made the decision with Ken Legler to limit sailors to just a mainsail. Tufts sailors helped rig all of the new Turbo Larks, stepping the masts and wrapping the jibs around themselves to render them useless for the day. Whether this was safer / better for the boats or not, this was the decision that was made by two very experienced coaches. Sailing without a jib in big puffy breeze caused multiple teams to find themselves stuck in irons for minutes at a time.

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The Panthers sent two complete teams to the Peak Foliage, hosted by UNH at Tufts. Our Women’s team was comprised of Jade Forsberg and Sarah Yang along with Raine Ellison and Alden Cowap. Our coed team was fielded by Ben Arquit and Sarah Scott plus Sam Scatchard and Sam Zimmer. Ben and Sarah started quite strong, with a 2nd and a 1st in the first set. They finished with solid scores despite an incomplete final set due to time constraints. Although no Reese’s were awarded during the regatta (at least to our knowledge), the team always enjoys a well managed day of racing by Diana and her assistants from UNH. Thanks to Tufts for their help rigging and derigging the Larks, and congrats to Mcgill for their win and securing the 16th spot in NEISA. Full scores and report here.

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(Sam Z, Sam S, Ben A, Sarah Scott, Raine, Alden, Jade, Sarah Yang in front)

Despite narrowly missing the cut for the top 18 teams of NEISA and a berth in the Schell, the Panthers are excited to compete this weekend on the Thames river at the Fall Dinghy Tourney. It will be exciting to compete against a half dozen other teams who narrowly missed the cut, just down river from the Schell tourney. The team still has eyes on a top 18 finish overall, as we have two more regattas to compete in. Thanks to everyone who continues to support our team as we make positive strides and continue to move up in the ranks in collegiate sailing.

On the Rise

This past weekend, the Middlebury Panthers made the long (and gorgeous) drive to Maine for the Barnett Trophy at Bowdoin and the Protest Trophy hosted by Bates. Two great events in a variety of conditions yielded mixed results for the the Panthers.

The Barnett was sailed out of Bowdoin’s beautiful new Leighton Sailing Center on Harpswell Sound. Saturday’s sailing conditions were a building seabreeze with diminishing sunshine throughout the day. Ten races were sailed with on-water rotations and one lunch break in between race 4 and 5. Though the Middlebury sailors had little to no trouble sailing in the 10kt seabreeze, the current played a bit of a factor in the morning in their tactical decision making. Whether fortunate or unfortunate, only 9 teams showed up to the Barnett, meaning that A and B fleet sailed combined divisions. With tricky current and multiple fouls at the weather and offset mark each race, scores were up and down for every team on day one. As the day wore on, the Panthers results became more consistent, with a few solid top 8 finishes mixed in. At the end of the day, the Panther’s sat in a comfortable position ahead of UCONN, poised to make a move to pass Mass Maritime.

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(Ben Brown and Casey Astiz in boat 8)

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As luck would have it, Saturday’s kind seabreeze gave way to a stiff and chilly NW breeze for Sunday. Fortunately, only 8 races would be sailed on Sunday, and with races just off the Leighton Sailing Center, rotations would be done off the dock. Shortly after the start of the races, the skies open, and the breeze kicked in, and the weather progressively got worse and worse. With each rotation, teams were slower and slower to leave the dock. Unlike Saturday’s mistake filled sailing, Sunday’s racing featured virtually no fouls and plenty of exciting racing finishes.

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In A-fleet, Ben Brown (2018) and Casey Astiz (2019) started the day with three strong races due to great starts and solid management of the fleet. Jade Forsberg (2017) and Sarah Yang (2019) improved within a strong B-fleet and enjoyed one race of leading the fleet around the first two marks. The day could not have ended any earlier, as all sailors were wet, cold, and exhausted from two days of racing. The Panther’s 8th place finish will certainly provide the team great points to help move up the rankings this week in NEISA. Congrats to Harvard and a big thank you to Head Coach Frank Pizzo and company for running an excellent regatta. Full scores can be found here.

In Lewiston, Maine, the Panthers raced against another formidable group of sailors at the Protest Trophy. Bates sailing venue is located at Taylor Pond. Unfortunately, the regatta did not feature the breeze that the sailors had in Harpswell Sound-just the rain.

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From Lexie Lessing (2019): “Everything went smoothly besides the wind dying after the third race and the constant cold rain”.
Lexie Lessing and Erich Wu started strong in A-fleet, netting a few strong races. As the wind tapered off and the rain got heavier and colder, the results flatlined into more consistent mid-fleet races.
New racers Vick Xu and Eiko Fulton raced in B-fleet, struggling to find consistently but had some good races with solid results. Being Eiko’s first and Vick’s second regatta, their hard work and drive to improve was apparent throughout Sunday’s regatta.

The team heads to two more regattas this coming weekend. Four sailors will take on a group of schools up north in Montreal, Quebec at the McGill Cup. Another group of sailors will head to the infamous Great Herring Pond Open at Mass Maritime’s inland sailing venue.

Thanks to all of the parents, friends, and family who continue to support our team. We cannot do it with our your support, so we appreciate any donations that you are able to make to our small but growing club sailing team. We are excited with our progress and have our eyes looking forward to this weekend’s important regattas.

Slow and Steady wins the race?

Some may argue that ‘slow and steady’ does not in fact help you win a sailing race. However, the Fall season for NEISA sailors is more of a marathon than a sprint, a race that merits methodical sailing throughout the course of the season.

Certainly, the sailing conditions this past weekend at MIT’s Wood Pavilion on the Charles River required methodical planning, as shifty and progressively light Northeast winds filtered through the Charles River basin.

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Most sailors have a love/hate relationship with the George Warren Smith Trophy at MIT: whereas the sailing on the Charles can be so exciting, it can also be terribly frustrating and unforgiving. Relative to Middlebury, sailing in Boston is considered ‘close’, and regattas in Boston always yield great turn outs from teams both stronger and weaker than Middlebury. Not to mention the regatta is sailed in Fireflys and MIT’s infamous ‘Tech(nical) Dinghies‘. There is something so pure and classic about sailing in downtown Boston on the Charles. Needless to say, the sailing on the Charles is always…unpredictable.

Saturday’s weather was forecasted to blow 15-25 from the Northeast-a promising forecast for the Charles. Thirty-eight or so sailors from 19 schools arrived at the Charles to lighter than forecasted breeze and a drizzle that never let up throughout the day. The Middlebury Panthers were represented by Ben Brown and Alden Cowap in A-fleet, and Ben Arquit and Emmet Byron in B-fleet. A-fleet started in fireflies with B-fleet in the techs. Both groups started off strong, allowing confidence to build slowly throughout the day. However, just as quickly as one’s confidence can blossom after a strong race on the Charles, one terrible race can quickly humble even the strongest sailors and remind them that the Charles does what the Charles wants. Needless to say, the Panthers ended Day 1 of the Smith Trophy in a comfortable 9th place with the possibility to gain a place or two.

The weather on Sunday was much less exciting with grey skies, light breeze, and just plain damp. The team set goals to close the gap on Boston College, only 25 points ahead. A few good races for the Panthers and a few poor races by the 2nd ranked BC Eagles could allow Middlebury to move into 8th place for the regatta. After a strong first set for Midd, the wind slowly shut off, creating ever so frustrating and unforgiving sailing conditions. Connecting the puffs was the name of the game, and locating the breeze before others would result in positive results. Despite putting our time on Lake Dunmore sailing in the lightest of breezes this fall, the Panthers could not keep up the Sunday morning success and faltered in the light, patchy air.

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The regatta ended when MIT sailing Master Franny Charles could no longer maintain any breeze above 3kts. The regatta was called around 1pm with Middlebury finishing in a strong 9th out of 19 boats.
Thanks to Franny Charles and the MIT sailing staff once again for an efficient regatta. Full scores.

The entire team continues to work hard every day at practice, supporting and pushing each other. The Panthers thank everyone who continues to house, support, and watch our team as we continue to gain traction during the marathon that is the fall 2016 season. Excitingly, the team has continued to climb the NEISA rankings and is looking forward to this coming weekend. This weekend, the team will have eight sailors competing in Maine-one group at the Barnett (Bowdoin College) and another group at the Protest (Bates College).

GO MIDD!!!

Searching for the groove: Salt Pond Invite at URI

This past weekend, four Middlebury sailors ventured to South Kingston, RI for the C-level Salt Pond Invite. After a nice stay Friday night at the Jaczko Family household, the team cruised down to Rhode Island for a 1030 report time at the URI sailing facility tucked in the back of the Salt Pond.
We were treated with bright blue skies and a shifty Northeasterly breeze. Despite a slew of schools with incomplete teams, URI and Tufts filled in the gaps to complete the 18 school regatta.

Both A and B teams from Middlebury put up consistent but respectable scores with some solid races mixed in. In A-fleet, Jade Forsberg (2017) and Sarah Scott (2017) started slowly but gained momentum throughout the regatta. For whatever reason, breeze seemed to be on for A-fleet and down for B-fleet. The B-fleet boat was Ben Arquit (2020) and Casey Astiz (2019), who placed relatively consistently besides two tough races. For both groups, good starts were marred at times by huge wind-shifts. On the contrary, good upwind tactics and improved boat handling resulted in a few large gains on the first and last legs of each race. The teams never gave up on any race, despite slow starts, frustratingly large wind shifts, and extended lulls that only seemed to show up for B-fleet races.

Sunday’s races were a bit more of the same; improving upwind tactics and solid starts marred by huge wind shifts from the left. A good learning experience for everyone who spent the weekend racing in the Salt Pond and watching races from a small, deserted island next to the racecourse.

The team travels to MIT this weekend for the George Warren Smith Trophy. The weather in Boston looks breezy and wet, and the team is excited to tackle another competitive regatta in Boston.

Fresh start to the Fall 2016 season: Stuart Walker Open, LCO, and family sailing!

As the Middlebury College academic year starts later than others, the sailing team is often late to begin their season as well. Fortunately, our first weekend of competition features two ‘home’ regattas: The Stuart Walker Open, our team’s annual regatta, and the Callagy Ross Trophy (formally the LCO) at UVM. The team was looking forward to this weekend, as we had invited a large group of family members, MCSC supporters, and former Middlebury sailors to enjoy Saturday’s racing and to do some sailing of their own on Sunday.

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Conditions for racing in Northern Vermont on Saturday featured strong and gusty southerly winds on the forefront of an approaching storm. All sailing in Burlington was called off before noon, with winds gusting to 30kts. Sailors planing to compete at the Callagy Ross drove back to Middlebury to enjoy a beautiful day of sailing for the third annual Stuart Walker Open. The conditions on Lake Dunmore were much more manageable, with a 10-15kt Southerly breeze that featured 20kt Southeasterly gusts in the morning and some funky Southwesterly puffs in the afternoon.

Dr. Walker and his family were in attendance to watch the racing and share some encouraging words with all racers. As always, all sailors appreciate Dr. Walker’s entertaining stories from his previous sailboat racing experiences.

Despite Middlebury’s best efforts, the Tufts Jumbos were once again able to regain the Stuart Walker Trophy. Lexie Lessing/Nick Jaczko along with Nate Wiener/Erich Wu worked hard in the difficult conditions throughout the day.

Thanks to Bates and Mcgill for making the trip to Middlebury, and congrats to Tufts for their win.
Full scores here.

 

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On Sunday, five Panther sailors returned to Burlington’s waterfront to find much calmer sailing conditions with southerly winds 5-10kts and leftover chop from yesterday’s big breeze. Ben Brown and Alden Cowap raced in A fleet, finishing 8th overall and sailing three strong races. Jade Forsberg, Sarah Scott, and Sarah Yang sailed B Fleet, and after a slow start, found some success when spreading out the race course and getting the boat moving through the residual Champlain Chop. Despite starting slow, the team had six solid races in the middle of the day, demonstrating their ability to sail in lumpier waters and compete with other strong NEISA sailors.
The Panthers finished in 11th place overall, but had multiple top 7 finishes and some very well-sailed races. Full scores can be found here.

In addition to a group traveling to compete in Burlington, we also hosted a series of races on Sunday for all family members and MCSC alums. Three races were run by Alex Baskin (2019) that featured recent alumni team races and fleet races with all five Lessing family members. Thank you to everyone who made the trip to Middlebury and sailed in our first Friends, Family, and Alumni Regatta!

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Thanks to everyone who came out and watched our team race this weekend! As always, we appreciate the support and look forward to the rest of the season. The team will be racing at URI next weekend at the Salt Pond Invitational.

Ending on a good note!

The Middlebury Panthers were able to complete the 2016 Spring Racing season with a series of strong races at the Mendum’s Pond Invite. The regatta was hosted by UNH and held at Tufts University’s new sailing pavilion. This was Middlebury’s first opportunity to use Tufts’ brand new Turbo Larks!

Fortunately, the Panthers were able to bring two complete teams (eight total sailors) to the event. Despite a slow start, the wind filled in nicely from the Southeast and remained steady around 5-10kts. As always, Mystic Lake experiences some shifty sailing conditions, and Saturday’s regatta was no exception. The beautiful weather and pleasant sailing conditions allowed the UNH/Tufts race committee to run 6 races for each division.

Team 1 consisted of Nate Wiener (’18) / Emmet Byron (’19) and Vick Xu (’19) / Sarah Yang (‘19.5). Finishes were relatively consistent for team 1 throughout the day, but the team steadily improved throughout the day with each race. Consistency is key!

Team 2 consisted of Ben Brown (’18) / Casey Astiz (‘19.5) and Alex Baskin (’19) / Erich Wu (’19). The afternoon’s tricky sailing conditions were not kind to this group either, but each group had consistent upper-mid fleet results.

The teams should be very proud of their hard work and commanding finishes in the Mendums Pond Invite. As the season winds down, the team will pull the boats and store them for the summer. Thanks to all of the support from friends and family throughout this spring season. We look forward to more sailing in the future!

 

Full scores and regatta recap can be found here.

Savin Hill Central Series @ Boston College

Last weekend, the Middlebury Panthers traveled to Boston, MA to compete in the Savin Hill Central Series at Boston College’s venue.

Jade Forsberg, Rebecca Freeman, Ellen Sartorelli, Lexie Lessing, and Nick Jaczko made the trip to Savin Hill Yacht Club on a cold, breezy Saturday only to have races called off for the day. Winds were blowing a steady 17-20kts from the unprotected North East, with gusts hitting 30kts!

After finally getting the call at 1:30pm that races were cancelled for the day, the team traveled into a busy downtown Boston. The city was preparing for the infamous Boston Marathon on Monday, with many streets closed to car traffic and the remaining streets teeming with pedestrians and tourists.

Sunday offered more favorable sailing conditions, with 5-10kts coming from the East/Southeast. The Panthers had many solid starts and improved with each race. A tough outgoing tide made for frustrating racing conditions as the wind began to taper off around noon. Full scores from the regatta can be found here.

 

This weekend, the team travels to Yale to compete for the Reed Trophy, a women-only qualifying event. In addition, a coed group of sailors will be traveling to Boston University to compete for the George Morris Trophy, an inter-conference regatta featuring schools from MAISA, SAISA, and PCCSC. Best of luck to our sailors!

 

Midd Panthers compete in New England Dinghy Tournament and Tyrell Trophy!

After a week in Vermont following our Spring Break training trip to Eckerd College, eight Middlebury sailors traveled to Connecticut for two different regattas. Both regattas treated the sailors with difficult blustery conditions not uncommon to early Springtime on Long Island Sound.

This year’s New England Dinghy Tournament was hosted by Sacred Heart and Fairfield University in Bridgeport, CT. Twelve teams from across New England traveled to Bridgeport for two long days of difficult competition. Knowing that the top two teams from the regatta would qualify for the New England Dinghy Championship at Dartmouth at the end of the season, each team sent their best sailors to the regatta in hopes of qualifying. The level of competition at this qualifying event truly demonstrates the growing depth of NEISA. Despite six teams from this weekend’s event making a strong push to qualify, all twelve teams sailed excellent regattas in variable and difficult (not to mention frigid!) sailing conditions.

At the Dinghy Tourney, Middlebury was represented by Ben Brown (’18) + Alden Cowap (’17) in the A Division and Megan Colwell (’16) + Nick Jaszco (’19) in B Division. Saturday’s conditions were classic early April in New England, featuring grey skies, North-Northeasterly winds with an imminent threat of late afternoon snow and rain showers from the Northeast. Despite the potential for races continuing until 5pm, all sailors were pleased to be sent in before the snow squalls and were treated to warm pizza and Regatta Ginger Beer. Good races by Middlebury were intermixed with difficult races with multiple 90 degree wind shifts and dying breeze.

With sunny skies, Sunday promised to be a much better day for sailing on Long Island Sound. Middlebury came out strong and finished with a second place overall finish in A division. As the wind increased from the Southwest all day, conditions became trying and difficult.  With multiple capsizes and time running out, the races were called just prior to 3pm.

Middlebury finished in 5th place overall. Thanks to Fairfield/Sacred Heart for hosting and congrats to Mass Maritime Academy for winning the event. Johnson and Wales University took second place.
Full scores and write up here: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s16/ne-dinghy-tournament/

On Sunday at Avery Point, seven teams experienced similar racing conditions. From NEISA’s site:

After some confusion about the location of the regatta was resolved, sailors hit the water at 11:00am ready to have a great day of sailing and burgers. With a consistent west wind, we were able to get off a set in each division before moving the course to adapt the breeze as it clocked SW and picked up a bit. A division sailed a great second set enjoying the conditions, but B division was foiled in their attempts to match this as the wind picked up to 30 knots, and boat began to drop like flies on the downwind; the third B race was abandoned and racing was called off due to these conditions. Sailors left in good spirits, a little soggy but fueled by delicious food. 41 Husky burgers were served.

Thanks to UCONN for hosting. Full scores and write up: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s16/tyrell/ 

 

 

This weekend, the Middlebury Panthers travel to Boston College to compete in the Savin Hill Central. BC sails out of Savin Hill YC. Thanks for everyone’s continued support of MCSC as we continue our Spring 2016 season.
The following weekend (April 23-24), Middlebury will compete in the Reed Trophy at Yale (an all women event) and the Morris Trophy at Boston University. Our final weekend of competition will be split between the Tufts (April 30) and Williams College (May 1).

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