Week 7: October 20-21
The Huskies competed in some final tune-ups before championship weekend. Most of the Huskies that weren't racing were vital parts of running the team's biannual home regatta, the Oberg Trophy. Coach Jonathan Farrar ran the start boat, Zach Bresnick acted as Dock Master, and 12 other Huskies filled in at other jobs including finish boat, mark boat, dock lackey, and of course grillmaster.
Co-ed Showcase Alt-Finals @ Navy
For the second time in four weeks, a team of five Huskies flew down to Annapolis, Maryland for a Showcase regatta. This time it was the co-ed team's turn for a final tune-up before championship weekend. Sailing A division were freshman Santiago Hirschmann ('23) and Romain Astié ('21), and in B division, skippers Chris Colbeth ('20) and Caleb Niles ('22) split time with crew Sandra Nygren ('20). The conditions all weekend were similar to a few weeks ago, with ripping currents and lots of chop. This time there was plenty of wind, although it varied from as low as 5 knots to as high as 25, which required lots of settings adjustments and versatility. The Huskies kicked the regatta off strong, with Colbeth and Nygren winning the first B division race. After this though, the team slipped throughout day 1 down to 15th overall. On Sunday the Huskies maintained much better boat speed throughout the day, despite dealing with waves a lot larger than any on the Charles. With only 4 finishes outside the top 10 on day 2, and 3 finishes in the top 3, the team moved slowly but consistently up the standings, eventually finishing 11th overall. This weekend wrapped up the first Showcase tournament, which gave the Huskies the opportunity to compete against top teams from all across the country.
Oberg Trophy @ Northeastern
Northeastern's own Oberg Trophy is raced every season to celebrate the connection between Northeastern's and MIT's teams. Consistently one of the toughest B Level regattas of the year, the Huskies put up some great results against many of New England's top racers. Coach Jonathan Farrar, along with volunteer help from many team members, managed to run 13 races per division over the course of the weekend before the gusts got too violent to keep racing on Sunday. Sailing A division, Kyle Riggs ('21) and Becker Ewing ('21) finished 7th in their division, including a win in race 9, despite an unfortunate capsize in the last race costing them some points. The Huskies did not compete in any women's regattas this weekend, but that didn't mean that the women's team had the weekend off. Carolyn Corbet ('21) and Kelley Phippen ('22) sailed B division both days, finishing 6th in the division, while skippers Victoria Pajak ('22) and Adrian van der Wal ('22) and crews Morgan TerMaat ('23), Coleen Ross ('20), and Emerson Campbell ('22) split time in C division to earn 8th place, giving the Huskies a 7th out of 20 overall.