November 2-3, 2013
Northeastern began November with the New England Championships at the Schell Trophy at MIT. The Huskies brought in their team of veteran seniors; Maarten Eenkema van Dijk and Janelle Veary in A division, and Conor Lodge and Estelle Beguin in B division. The team had their eyes set on a top-7 qualification spot for the Atlantic Coast Championship, as well as a top-14 qualification for the Atlantic Coast Tournament. Light winds on Saturday meant that the focus was directed at the duck boat parade for the Red Sox, not the sailing on the Charles.
With only race 1A completed after Saturday, the regatta would be determined in the rainy, variable, especially shifty northerly on Sunday. Despite some top finishes, the Huskies struggled to stay consistent in the difficult conditions. Both divisions placed 13th in their division, and Northeastern finished 14th overall, qualifying them for the ACT's at Connecticut College in 2 weeks. Despite finishing below their goals, the team was not far from the group of teams that were competing for a top-7 spot, and the Huskies have their work cut out for them next spring when they will have another chance against the same competition to fight for a spot at nationals.
Northeastern's freshmen contingent competed at Tufts in the New England Frosh Champs/Nickerson Trophy. Peter Christensen and Lindsay Martinez sailed in A division with Camille Matille and Claire Lockard in B division. The only freshman intersectional in NEISA drew strong competition from around the league, and the team was tested against their future competitors in NEISA sailing. Both boats had bright moments, with Christensen and Martinez scoring a few top 8 finishes and Matille and Lockard keeping all but 1 race in the top 9, including a 2nd place to end the regatta. A division finished 11th and B division 7th, bringing the team to 10th of 13 overall.
At Providence, Sophomore Tori McGruer and Junior Liz Sczerzenie built on the success of last week's win at the Wellahan Trophy and led the team to a 2nd place finish in the Providence College Invite. With light winds for the Saturday-only regatta, the 3 race minimum was completed to complete the regatta. McGruer and Sczerzenie had a pair of seconds and a bullet, while Sophomore Matteo Alampi and Freshman Eleanor Grams kept all of their finishes in the top 4 in B division. Northeastern finished second of 10 teams, just 3 points out of first place.
Maarten and Janelle at the Oberg the weekend before