Week 1: September 8-9
The Huskies hit the ground running, competing in 4 regattas in the first weekend.
Harry Anderson Trophy @ Yale
In the Huskies' first A Level regatta of the season, sailors Kurran Singh ('19), Romain Astié ('21), Chris Colbeth ('20), and Sandra Nygren ('20) raced at Yale against some of the top sailors in the country. First day started off with medium breeze of 8-15 knots that made staying in phase critical to success. The Huskies took some deep finishes as they shook off the cobwebs but each race showed considerable improvement to boat handling and regatta strategy. Day 2 had more breeze with similar results for the team, which gave them the baseline for practice to prepare for the next weekend.
Harman Trophy @ Maine Maritime
The Harman Trophy, competed in Colgate 26s in Castine, Maine was a particularly important regatta, as the top 4 finishing boats would qualify for Match Race New Englands. The Huskies started off with boatspeed troubles on Saturday and after five races they found themselves tied for 6th at the end of the first day. Skipper Kyle Riggs ('21), main trimmer Caleb Niles ('22), jib trimmer Becker Ewing ('21), and bowman Adrian van der Wal ('22) hit their stride on Sunday though, and helped by a 2nd place finish in race 6 the team finished in 3rd place, beating Tufts on a tiebreaker and Rhode Island by 1 point! The Huskies will attend a match racing clinic hosted by Dave Perry in two weeks, followed by Match Race New England's on the 29th. Go dogs!
Penobscot Bay Open @ Maine Maritime
At the other event in Castine, a young team of Ben Palmer ('22), Jules Mozzer ('21), Carter Brock ('22), and Emerson Campbell ('22) shook off some rust against tough competition in the Penobscot Bay Open. Acquiring fantastic experience in strong, shifty winds and heavy current, the team will look to shore up their adaptability and ability to adjust controls to compensate for constantly changing conditions.
Toni Duetsch @ MIT
Despite challenging conditions at the Toni Deutsch, our first women’s event of the season, the Huskies pulled through with one of the best finishes we’ve had at this regatta in recent history. The boats were able to use their different strengths to their advantage - with light and shifty winds on Saturday, Victoria Pajak (’22) and Coleen Ross (’20) were fast around the course. Carolyn Corbet (’21) and Kelley Phippen (’22) excelled with heavier breeze on Sunday, leading the team to a solid overall score.