Week 5: October 6-7
To kick off the second half of the season, the Huskies were at home on the Charles for the Co-ed Showcase Semifinal, and also at B Level regattas in New Hampshire and Newport, Rhode Island.
Co-ed Showcase 1 @ MIT
The first round of the Co-ed Showcase tournament was contested in the familiar waters of the Charles River Basin. The typical puffy conditions of the river made sail control adjustments and course awareness vital for good results, especially against top teams from across the country. In A division, Caleb Niles ('22) and Emerson Campbell ('22) finished 14th out of 18, including one top 3 finish. Skippers Santiago Hirschmann ('23) and Carolyn Corbet ('21) split time with crew Romain Astié in B division, sailing to a 15th place finish. Overall the Huskies finished 14th out of 18, and will fly to the Naval Academy in 2 weeks for the Showcase alt-finals.
Hewitt Trophy @ Dartmouth
Dartmouth's Hewitt trophy was a hybrid between a 2 and 3 division regatta. The breeze filled in strong after a racing delay on Saturday, and the Huskies worked hard to keep the boat flat and fast. The competition was strong though, and despite some great finishes from Chris Colbeth ('20), Sandra Nygren ('20), Ben Palmer ('22), Julianne Mozzer ('21), Will Crane ('21), and Bridget Maguire ('22), the Huskies finished 10th out of 11 overall.
Sister Esther Trophy @ Salve Regina
As one of the premier sailing locations in the world, the Newport harbor played host to a large assortment of regattas over the weekend, including Salve Regina's annual Sister Esther Trophy. The conditions were fantastic both days with 5 to 10 knots winds and consistent sunny conditions. An all-female crew of Victoria Pajak ('22), Coleen Ross ('20), Erin Coyne ('20), and Morgan TerMaat ('23) contested the co-ed regatta as the women's team stayed in action to warm up for the Showcase Alt-finals next week. The key to success for the competition was to have aggressive starts on the small starting line and connect the puffs upwind. Over 10 races, the Huskies finished 14th out of 18 overall.