October 31 - November 1, 2015
New England Championship weekend went extremely well for the Huskies, as the team had its best combined finish in the team's history. Huskies sailed at the Coed, Womens, and Freshman championship events.
This weekend the Huskies sailed in the New England Dinghy Championships for the Schell Trophy on the home waters of MIT. The team entered the regatta ranked 15th in the coed NEISA standings. Sailing A division were seniors Scott Goodrich and Taylor Williams, with sophomores Jackson Hamilton and Jackie Berlin in B division. Saturday offered a fickle westerly in the morning, which allowed for one set before trailing off completely. Both divisions got off to a strong start, sitting in a great position with plenty of racing left in the regatta going into Sunday.
A strong southwesterly breeze on Sunday allowed for 10 more races in each division. Both divisions kept mistakes to a minimum, sailed conservatively and continued to keep most finishes in the top 10, with Jackson and Jackie sailing an excellent first half of the day. The team entered the last set in 10th place with a tight group of teams around us. Unfortunately, a couple of deep races in both divisions set us back to 12th overall in the last set, just 10 points out of the top 10. However, the regatta was our strongest coed team performance in recent years and the team battled for top spots with some of the nation’s best teams throughout the regatta. The weekend was a huge breakthrough for the coed squad and the team cannot wait to build on it going forwards!
-- Scott Goodrich
Also sailing this weekend were Tori McGruer '17, Laura Tschiegg '17, Margo Blagden '17, Elise Gehling '17, Katie Alfond '18, Sarah de Silva '19, and Nathalie Garcia '19, racing in the Victorian Urn at Harvard. Competing to qualify for the 2015 Atlantic Coast Championships at St. Mary's were New England's top 15 women's teams.
On Saturday, winds from the WSW were up and down, allowing for three races in A division and two in B division. After starting and abandoning multiple races and several delays, racing was called for the day at around 3 pm. Saturday concluded with close points and tight margins for all teams in the regatta and NU sat in fourth place overall. Sunday started with breeze ranging 5 to 11 knots from SSW to WSW with larger occasional puffs. The team sailed 9 races in A division and the maximum 10 races in B division to finish the regatta around 2:30. All races were very competitive with tight fleets and finishes every time. The Huskies finished in 10th place, only 10 points out of 8th place, which is the qualifying cutoff for Women's ACC's. This was the best the women's team has ever placed in this regatta, capping off a great season for the ladies.
-- Elise Gehling
Carter Rose, Owen Beringer, Annie Wieland, Rachel Guard, Chris Colbeth, and Coleen Ross represented the freshman team at the Nickerson Trophy hosted by Tufts in their fleet of Larks. Light and shifty breeze on Saturday gave way to a more consistent and strong wind on Sunday. Congratulations to Chris and Coleen finished in 5th place out of 20 teams in their division!
The Coed team after a hugely successful weekend
Tori McGruer and Laura Tschiegg sailing at the Victorian Urn.