Sailing Takes Ninth in First-Ever Appearance at Team Race National Championship

Photos courtesy of Rob Miglaccio
Photos courtesy of Rob Miglaccio

Coach Pizzo's Report - May 27

The Polar Bears competed in the Laser Performance Team Race National Championship this past weekend. The was the first time Bowdoin has competed in this national championship.  The first day of racing featured classic Newport conditions with a slowly building sea breeze that built into the high teens and low twenties.  The Polar Bears started the event strong with wins over Michigan, Navy, Fordham, and Texas A&M. Bowdoin ended the day with a few tough losses against Hobart and the College of Charleston. After racing on Saturday, the Polar Bears finished with a record of 6-5 and needed a good day on Sunday to qualify for the top 8 Gold Round. Sunday featured similar conditions to Saturday with the peak gusts only in the mid teens. The Polar Bears struggled on the starting and unfortunately lost all four races to finish the round and ended the regatta with a 6-9 record, good enough for 9th place overall.  Being the first time competing at this event, this is our best ever finish. We were disappointed with how things went on Sunday but we are super proud of the team's development in this discipline this year as it is the hardest championship to qualify for and compete in.  Competing for the Polar Bears was Matt Kaplan, Louisa Lindgren, Matt Safford, Julia Adams, Christian Filter, Marie Bergsund, Emily Gonzalez, Eric Hall, Alden Grimes, Alissa Chen, Elijah Berger, and John Seider