September 28-29, 2013
Northeastern rounded out September with its first intersectional of the season, the Hood Trophy at Tufts. Conor Lodge and Estelle Beguin led the charge for the Huskies, sailing a strong second half of the regatta and finishing 7th in B-division. 6 of their 9 races were in the top 8 of the fleet. A few deep races set Maarten Eenkema van Dijk and Janelle Veary back, but they still finished 13th in A-division. Northeastern finished 10th overall, edging out Brown by one point in the final race of the regatta.
At UNH, the Huskies competed at a the Chris Loder Trophy on Mendum's Lake. Light winds nearly prevented the regatta from reaching the 3-race minimum on Sunday, so each race was key to the team's finish. Scott Goodrich and Taylor Williams sailed consistently at the top of the fleet and finished 2nd in A-division, while Jesse Thomas and Laura Tschiegg were 8th in B-division. Northeastern finished 4th of 13 overall among tight competition in the top half of the fleet.
On the Charles, the Women's team competed in the Regis Bowl. Saturday greeted the sailors with warm and sunny weather and, unfortunately, no wind. Racing was postponed until noon, with the first race starting in about 4 knots of breeze. The wind continued to build throughout the day, with racing ending in wind of 10 knots. Each division sailed six races on Saturday. Sunday brought another beautiful day and similar wind conditions. The breeze filled in to 4-6 knots around 11:00 , and four more races were sailed in each division. Elise Gehligh and Kristen Kuzil sailed in A division, placing 7th place over all. Heidi Hood and Margo Blagden sailed B division, taking 14th place. The team place 13th over all. Highlights include a set of first place finishes for Gehling and Kuzil on Sunday.
At URI, the team competed in the Salt Pond Invite. It was a beautiful weekend, with shifty, light breeze on both days. The sailors raced in combined divisions, completing a total of 12 races for a full rotation. In A division Becker Awqatty and Linnea Goldstein sailed, finishing in 6th place. Tasha Greenwood and Emily Browning sailed in B division, taking 13th place. The team finished up in 6th place over all.
Freshman, Peter Christensen travelled down to Yale to compete in the New England Singlehanded Championships in Lasers, which is the qualifying regatta for Singlehanded Nationals. Saturday was started with a 6-12 knot breeze, but by then end of the first race the wind had died to 2 knots. Racing was postponed, and at 1:30 the breeze filled back in from the south. Five races were sailed that day. On Sunday morning the sailors were sent out in a dying northerly wind. After postponement on the water, a easterly breeze filled in at 10:45 and a race was started. By the end of the race the wind had died again and racing was, once more, postponed. Throughout the rest of the day only 3 more races were sailed. After facing very difficult wind conditions and a competitive 26 boat fleet, Christensen finished in 24th place.
Northeastern also sent sailors to Mass Maritime, where they finished 4th out of 15 in the Commonwealth Invite. Saturday had beautiful weather with a shifty 8-10 knots of wind. Both divisions finshed 6 races on the first day. On Sunday, the team was greeted with more of the same beautiful weather, and a 6-8 knot breeze. Four more races were sailed in each division. Evan Greggory and Lindsay Wright sailed together in A division, taking turns skippering. They finished in 4th place. In B division, Stephen Flethcher and Claire Lockard sailed, finishing in 5th place. The huskies took 4th place over all.
Conor tacking in light air at the Hood Trophy
Maarten and Janelle tacking