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Week 9

March 29-30, 2014

 

Northeastern continued to have a strong start to the fleet racing season with a big win at the BU Trophy. After a tough team race the previous weekend, the Huskies looked to get back on their feet and build on 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the first fleet racing regattas of the season. A pair of bullets in the second set got Maarten Eenkema van Dijk and Margo Blagden started in A division. Despite one deep race in their fourth set, Eenkema van Dijk and Blagden commanded their division for the last 7 of their 10 races, winning the division by 5 points.

 

In B division, Conor Lodge and Estelle Beguin sailed consistently with no races outside of the top 8 in a fleet of 16 teams. Lodge and Beguin finished a strong 4th place in their division. On a cold, rainy and windy Sunday, Northeastern finished out the regatta strongly, holding off late rallies from Tufts and Boston College with only 6 points separating Northeastern from 3rd place.

 

On the other side of the river, some younger talent sailed in the Central Series 3 at Harvard. In A division, Max Frye and Will Manning skippered with Lexi Doudera crewing. Johnny Wehner skippered B division with Caitlin Cloonan. Both divisions saw some bright moments throughout the regatta but struggled to crack the top half of the fleet consistently. In the first college regatta for Manning, Doudera and Cloonan, the Huskies finished 7th of 10 teams.

 

At Mass Maritime, a weekend of team racing was crammed into a busy Saturday at the Herring Pond Team Race. The team was skippered by Peter Christensen, Camille Matille and Tori McGruer, along with crews Eleanor Grams, Emily Browning and Estella Lofftus. Northeastern faced the fleet of 5 other teams 2 times each, finishing 4-6 overall - just one race away from a winning record and good for 4th place overall.

 

Next weekend the Huskies will compete in regattas at Tufts, Mass Maritime and UNH.

Northeastern's President Joseph Aoun paid a visit to Eenkema van Dijk, Blagden and Coach Farrar