This weekend the huskies traveled down to Newport, RI for the Southern Series #1, hosted by Salve Regina. The regatta started with heavy wind on Saturday with gusts in the 30 knot range. Only one set was sailed in each fleet. Jesse Thomas and Taylor Williams sailed in A division, with Elise Gehling and Kristen Kuzil sailing in B. Both boats finished in 8th at the end of the day. On Sunday, conditions settled down, allowing for three more sets in each fleet. Thomas and Williams had a very successful day, sailing to many high finishes, including 2 bullets. They finished in 3rd in their division. Gehling and Kuzil also sailed well on Sunday, ending in 6th in B division. Their combined efforts lifted Northeastern to 2nd place over all, the team's highest finish of the season.
Meanwhile in Boston, the Huskies sent two teams to the Central Series #2. Becker Awqatty skippered with Margo Blagden, and Max Frye with Linnea Goldstein for Northeastern's veteran team, while rookies Matteo Alampi and Tori McGruer made their college sailing debuts skippering for Laura Tschiegg and Liz Sczerzenie. Northeastern hosted the regatta at BU in breezy, but steady conditions. The two Husky teams finished 7th and 8th overall. Winds were heavy, but even the 25-knot puffs yielded consistent west winds which made for tiring racing on the Charles.
The sloop team kicked off the spring season at the Clark Open in Colgate 26's. Luke Orchardo, Colin Henderson, Ryan Montgomery and Olin Nelson (skipper) faced tough conditions all weekend, with heavy winds on Saturday and shifty air on the Thames for Sunday. The conditions made for a tough transition from our dinghy practices into the first sloop regatta of the season, but they look forwards to the Kruger Kup in two weekends with many lessons learned and improved boat handling to work off of.
Matteo Alampi and Laura Tchiegg at the Central Series