October 5-6, 2013
Northeastern's top squad travelled to Dartmouth to compete in the Hewitt Trophy (B-level) at Dartmouth. With no breeze on Saturday, the racing all depended on Sunday's performances, and the team made it count. Maarten Eenkema van Dijk and Janelle Veary sailed Z420's in A division with Conor Lodge and Estelle Beguin sailing FJ's in B division. The fleet was tight up front, with frequent changes in placing throughout the regatta. 3 consecutive first-place finishes by Lodge and Beguin gave Northeastern the boost they needed to stay in the top of the fleet. Both boats stepped up in their last races to give Northeastern a 2-point edge over BU, finishing 3rd overall just 2 points out of 2nd place.
At the Smith Trophy on Saturday, both divisions sailed consistently after the breeze filled in at noon. Scott Goodrich and Taylor Williams sailed Fireflies in A division and Jesse Thomas and Laura Tschiegg sailed in MIT Techs in B division. Over 3 sets, both boats picked up 5th in their division which was enough to edge out URI by 1 point for 4th place in the C-Level regatta.
On Boston Harbor, Camille Matille and Tasha Greenwood competed in the NEISA Women's Singlehanded Championship (Women's A-level) in Laser Radials. Both sailors had a strong start on Saturday in the light winds, with Greenwood finishing the day just one spot out of a berth at Nationals, and Matille just 2 points behind. Sunday brought heavy wind, which proved challenging for the duo against the heavier competition and their scores slipped as a result. Matille ended up 11th and Greenwood finished 13th in the highly competitive fleet.
The women's team traveled to Maine for the Bowdoin Women's Invite. The regatta hosted seven teams, and was sailed in combined divisions. On Saturday racing started at 10:00 am. The breeze was 0-2 knots, and two races were completed. Racing was then postponed until the afternoon, with the breeze picking up slightly to 2-5 knots around 1:30. Six more races were completed. On Sunday, the ladies welcomed better conditions, with breeze filling in at 5-10 knots. They completed 7 more races before heading home. Elise Gehling and Kristen Kuzil finished in 10th place, and Heidi Hood and Margo Blagden finished in 12th, bringing the team to a 6th place finish over all.
Also on the Harbor, Colin Henderson and Stephen Fletcher competed for the Ross Trophy in Rhodes 19's on Saturday. After 5 races in light air, Northeastern ended up in 6th place, just 4 points out of first in the dense fleet. Henderson and Fletcher look to take the keelboat experience forwards to next week's Storm Trysail regatta at Larchmont.
On Sunday, a group of younger sailors competed on familiar waters on the Charles River in the Harvard Invitational. Lukas Scott and Samantha Calvaresi sailed in A division with Peter Christensen and Eleanor Grams in B division. Christensen and Grams led the team with a 5th-place finish in B-division, bringing the Huskies to an 8th-place finish in the regatta.
At Tufts, NU competed in the Central Series 4/Mystic Lake Invite. After spending Saturday on the shore in no wind, Sunday brought breeze for 4 races in combined divisions. Tori McGruer and Liz Sczerzenie led the charge for Northeastern, finishing 7th in the combined division scoring, with Lindsay Wright and Becker Awqatty sailing the team's B boat. Northeastern struggled to get their footing in the short regatta but finished 6th overall.
Jesse and Laura tacking in Techs
Scott and Taylor at the Smith Trophy
Tasha tacking at NEISA Women's Singles