Dear Alumni and Friends of Sailing,
Come back to Boston this Saturday, May 11th to spend an afternoon sailing on the Charles River and an evening reminiscing with old friends!
A semi-competitive regatta will be run by current BUDS with all the amentieis included:
- skipper or crew if needed
- USCGA-approved PFD
- bailer (who cuts up orange juice containers anymore)
- and of course, refreshments in an event-themed coozie!
Dare I sweeten the deal with new sails and a new fleet of FJ’s, as well as the honor to compete against newly appointed Head Coach & All-American Stan Schreyer (’99) … I dare.
And if you are unable to attend the regatta, please join us at the Boston University School of Management’s 7th Floor Alumni Lounge for a sunset reception that overlooks the Charles River.
Click here to register.
Cam trims the main upwind.
Check out the new gallery posted on our photos page. The pictures were taken at two BUDS practices at the end of the 2012 fall season. Here are a few samples but be sure to take a look at the the full set.
The team crosses the line during a practice start.
The team BU sent to the Sister Esther at Salve.
This past weekend Ian Pace, Alejandra, Cam, Lalitha, and Mike traveled to Salve in Newport, RI to sail the Sister Esther Regatta. The terriers sailed 420s in a 19-boat fleet. Saturday started out with a great breeze of about 10-15 kts and decreased throughout the day. As the day progressed the lighter breeze and chop made for difficult sailing conditions in the 420s. The light breeze continued through Sunday and only 4 races were sailied in each division on Sunday. The terriers finished the weekend off strong after a rough start on Saturday. BU finished 9th overall in the 19 boat fleet. RAH BUDS!
This past Saturday the BUDS brought one team to the Professor Noringer with Jackson Chabot and Indre Jankevičiūtė sailing in A division and Zach Vickerson and Grace Ingalls sailing in B division. Conditions were good with the wind being shifty towards the first half of the day and filling in nicely during the last couple races. BU competed against 15 other teams throughout the day ranging from MIT to McGill. Zac and Grace dominated B division getting first or second in all but one race. Jackson and Indre started the day finishing in the middle of the fleet and by the end of the day they finished in the top 4 each of the last 3 races. The last race they used good communication and smart tactics to overtake half of the fleet on the downwind leg and maneuver into a second place finish. Overall the team finished in 4th place behind Tufts, Brown, and Northeastern on a successful one day regatta with the help of Billy Martin’s coaching.
This past weekend the BUDS sent three divisions to Harvard for the Oberg regatta. On Saturday the winds were light and the name of the game was to play the shifts and get out to the left first, and go right at the top. BU had many strong legs in the course, and a few mistakes that set them back. As a team, the BUDS ranked 12th at the end of the day. On Sunday, the wind picked up to the high teens and as the day went on, the wind kept getting more and more funky. The BUDS collectively sailed better in the higher winds and pulled through some solid results, pushing the team up to 10th, only losing a tie-breaker to Harvard. This made us re-think every single time we made a mistake on the racecourse. Overall, the Oberg regatta was run well by Mike O’Connor, and the racing level was intense, with only a few boat lengths separating 5th and 12th on the downwind legs.
Updated(10/24/2012): Coach Matt Conover shared a gallery of shots from the Oberg. Check them out on our Photos page.
This weekend Mike, Phoebe, Hannah, and Cam went down to Mass. Maritime for the GHPO. The wind was off and on and very shifty all day on Saturday. BU arrived in the morning to a light northerly that turned into a fluky southerly by the end of the day. The odd conditions caused several delays, so only 6 races were completed in A division and 4 in B. The BUDS were pretty successful however and held the lead going into the Sunday.
The next morning, the breeze was up. A strong southerly held all day with some crazy fan puffs of 25 kts+ rolling through. A gold cup course was run all day, leading to some exciting reach legs and hectic leeward mark roundings. BU found that (in 420′s) it can be slow to over-tack in heavy air and in return sailed very simple upwind legs, which benefitted them greatly. Quick reflexes with weight-management downwind in the heavy air was also key, as well as a good position off the line. 10 races in each division were completed on sunday. The BUDS dropped a bit in the standings on day 2, falling to 5th overall in a 15 boat fleet.
Saturday morning started out slow at Yale with an hour postponement due to no wind. The wind picked up to about 5-10 knots around midday, but oscillated to the south. This caused many general recalls throughout the day. Six A division races and four B divisions races were sailed, with 2 race offsets. The course was mostly a W-4, with an occasional W-5 thrown in.
Gusty wind and huge swells caused another slow start on Sunday morning. B division was sent out for a 10:15 start, but quickly postponed until 12:45. In the early afternoon, the wind died down to 5 knots, but the waves remained, making the W5 course hard to maneuver. The B division was able to sail 3 races, while A division sailed only one. Overall, BU came in 19th by then end of the weekend.