September 16, 2013

Sailing Breezes Through Opening Weekend Regattas

Coach Pizzo's Report - September 16

The Fall 2013 Polar Bear Regatta season started with a big weekend with 4 different events.  With a graduation of five seniors and four junior currently abroad, the teams has some new sailors fulfilling some big roles.  The top coed event of the weekend was the Harry Anderson Trophy hosted by Yale.  Pete Edmunds and Julia Rew sailed A division while Tom Peabody and Ayaka Okawa sailed B division with the team finishing 14th of 18 teams.  This regatta featured some of the best teams in college sailing.  The team struggled in the choppy conditions on Sunday but had many strong races.  

The team also competed at the Penobscot Bay Open hosted by Maine Maritime.  First year Jack McGuire sailed with Charlotte Williamson in A division and Erin Mullins sailed with Tess Lameyer in B division.  The team experienced a range of conditions but demonstrated some very good boat speed in the fleet and finished 4th  of the 18 teams competing.

Our women's team competed at the Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by MIT.  All of the top women's teams in New England were competing at the event.  Courtney Koos and Olivia Diserio sailed A division and first year Mimi Paz and Kim Dempsey sailed B divisioin, finishing 12th of 17 teams.  The team struggled on Saturday with some very inconsistent breeze.  However, the team made some nice adjustments on Sunday and had some nice results.

The team also competed at the Harvard Invitational.  Christian Houston-Floyd and Paige Speight sailed A division and Phil Koch and Emily Salitan sailed B division, finished third overall of twelve teams.  The team actually tied for second but lost the tiebreaker.  Good boathandling and sailing the shifts well were the keys to success.

This upcoming weekend, we will compete at the Hatch Brown at MIT, the Mrs. Hurst at Dartmouth, and the Lake Champlain Open at UVM.