Boston University Sailing Alumni, current team members and their parents gathered at the Hyatt on Saturday, November 2nd for the first annual Fall Alumni Dinner.
Representing their corresponding classes, over 100 BU alumni ranging from the graduating class of ’57 to ’13 made an appearance last Saturday at the BUDS fall dinner. Hosted in the exquisite banquet hall of the Hyatt, rightfully overlooking the stretch of water where the life long ties had originally sprouted, sailors from all walks of life mingled as memories and connections were rekindled. Hearing about the BUDS history, and meeting individuals whose lives have forever been altered by sailing, it appears everyone had something positive to take away from the night.
Cocktails and dinner followed the mingling, and the highlight of the evening was an inspiring presentation by alumnus Ken Read, class of 1983. The team really enjoyed speaking with alumni and learning about traditions of the past, some still upheld by the team and others that were previously unknown.
Our team really appreciates all of the support, and wishes to thank all who were there. We are hoping to continue to increase our alumni contact, and we are looking forward to an even more successful event next year! Check out the link on the sidebar for more pictures from the event. RAH BUDS!
This year marked the 75th running of the Oberg Trophy, hosted by Northeastern at the MIT Sailing Pavilion. It was a windy weekend on the Charles, with gusts topping out at 20 knots and lulls of around 8 knots. A consistent westerly allowed for the regatta to run smoothly for a full 18 races. MIT supplied fleets of Fireflys and FJs, and courses were inner and outer trapezoids.
BU sent a full arsenal to the 3 division event, with skippers Mike Saldi, Connor Astwood, Brendan Cook, and Cam Fraser, and crews Kayla Lynch, Maggie Swanson, Hannah Callahan, Indre Jankeviciute, Justin Kusiel, and Joseph Benoit. The vast array of conditions gave everyone the opportunity to sail over the 18 races. An unusually wavy Charles and heavy gusts led to chaotic down winds and exciting racing overall. The BUDS sailed hard all weekend, but were reeled in on the final set by the Coast Guard Academy, falling to 2nd place by just 2 points.
A big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Callahan for treating the sailors with lunch from Anna’s taqueria on Saturday! RAH BUDS
This Sunday, BU hosted an FJ invitational. Sophomores Nick Aràbia and Joe Benoit skippered with freshman Madison Sparber and senior Justin Kusiel in the eight-team, combined-division event. Sailors were challenged by a sporty southwesterly coming off Marsh Chapel, ranging from 6 to 12 knots.
Overall, the team had a great day with several top 5 finishes. In the end, they locked up second place, trailing only to Brown University. Congratulations to those sailors. RAH BUDS!
Photo by Ken Legler
The 2013 season is underway! This weekend the team trekked up to Maine Maritime Academy in beautiful Castine, Maine. Coach Bobby Martin led the charge with nine terriers in tow to compete in the Harmon Cup, a Colgate 26 fleet race, and the Penobscot Bay Open, sailed in 420s.
Sophomore Connor Astwood skippered the Colgate with Conor Fowler, Brendan Cook, and Maddie Irwin onboard. The team was challenged by a wide range of wind conditions and a strong current while they battled against seven other teams. They improved over the course of the weekend and were able to tie for second place with Salve Regina, trailing only the reigning national champion, Tufts. With this finish, for the first time in 5 years, they have earned BU a spot at the New England Sloop Championships at Salve Regina later this fall!
Ian and Indre sail upwind on Sunday. Photo by Ken Legler
In the Pen Bay Open, seniors Cam Fraser and Ian Towill sailed with crews Kayla Lynch, Indrė Jankevičiūtė, and Justin Kusiel. The team had several great races over the course of the weekend and at times was leading the regatta. Overall, they were not quite consistent enough and ended up falling to fifth overall out of eighteen teams.
Overall, it was a productive first weekend of the season for the terriers in Maine. Keep an eye out for the sloop team at the New England Championship on October 12-13 at Salve Regina! RAH BUDS!
Ken Read at the helm of the Puma Volvo 70.
On Saturday, November 2nd, all BU Sailing Parents, Alumni, and Friends are invited back to campus for appetizers, cocktails, and dinner, followed by a presentation given by BU Sailing alumnus Ken Read.
The multiple time world champion and Volvo Ocean Race veteran will have just arrived home from his role as TV commentator for the America’s Cup. This event is a can’t miss for any sailing enthusiast!
The event location will be announced soon. Please plan on being in Boston on the evening of November 2nd to hear Ken speak, and support the BU Sailing Team!
Dear BUDS Alumni, Parents, and Friends,
The BU Sailing Team cordially invites you back to Boston on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013.
Please join us on the BU campus for light appetizers, cocktails, and dinner followed by a speaker who will be announced soon. Please mark your calendar with this opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet the current team while they are racing on the Schell/Urn weekend!
The BU Sailing Team at the New England Team Race Champs this past spring.
BU Sailing alum Stan Schreyer(CAS ’99) signed on as the team’s new head coach this past March. Stan was an All-American, ICSA Sportsman of the Year, and A division skipper of the 1999 BU team which won the ICSA Dinghy Nationals. Prior to accepting a position as the Head Coach of the BUDS, Stan was working as a free-lance sailing coach and professional sailor. We are looking forward to much success under the leadership of our new head coach!