Sailing Team Braves Elements to Open Spring Campaign

Coach Pizzo's Report - March 20

Despite cold temperatures and abundance of snow, the Polar Bears are off to a strong start this season.  The first regatta of the spring was the Thames River Team Race Hosted by Connecticut College March 2-3.  The Polar Bears were represented by Michael Croteau, Charlotte Williamson, Lizzy Hamilton, Isabel Low, Julia Rew, Ayaka Okawa, and Tom Peabody.  The team finished tied for second with a record of 10-4.  Full scores for the event can be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s13/jeffrey-bresnahan/.

The following weekend, the team race team headed down to Washington College to compete in the Washington College Team Race.  The conditions were light and shifty both days which made the team racing very tricky but despite the conditions, the Polar Bears won the event with a record of 13-2.  The Polar Bears were represented by Michael Croteau, Charlotte Williamson, Kaylee Schwitzer, Mae Speight, Julia Rew, Ayaka Okawa, and Tom Peabody.

After a week of training at Old Dominion University, the Women's team made their spring debut at the St. Mary's Women's Interconference Regatta hosted by the St. Mary's College of Maryland March 16-17th.  This regatta was highly competitive and featured many of the nations best women's teams.  The Polar Bears finished an impressive 6th of 17 teams, earning 106 points in each division.  Kaylee Schwitzer and Mae Speight finished sixth in A division.  The Polar Bears demonstrated some serious depth with Erin Mullins and Kim Dempsey along with Lizzy Hamilton and Julia Rew splitting time in B division, also finishing sixth in the division. 

The Polar Bears also competed at the Veitor Trophy hosted by Salve Regina, finishing 10th overall of 18 teams.

This upcoming weekend, the Polar Bears are heading to Tufts competing at the Duplin Trophy and the Owen Trophy hosted by the US Naval Academy.