11th George Morris Trophy Intersectional

This Easter weekend, the BU Dinghy Sailors hosted and competed in the George Morris Trophy at Boston University. The combined division regatta with 9 different teams from across the Eastern seaboard greeted sailors with sunny conditions in the mid-60s.

On Saturday, coach Billy Martin ran 8 races with the help of Sophomore Simon Bertocci. Conditions were tricky with the breeze out of the Northwest, ranging from 8-12 knots, which made for very shifty conditions on the Charles River. Seniors Conor Fowler and Maddie Irwin finished the day in third, along with an impressive performance from senior Justin Kusiel and freshman Israel Alarcon.

On Sunday, coach Bobby Martin ran 8 more races with the help of Sophomore Joseph Benoit. With the wind out of the East, the breeze died down over the course of the day, starting out with a breezy 13 knots and eventually dying down to a mild 5 knots. Madison Sparber switched in as a crew for A division, and helped the BUDS to finish off the weekend strong, finishing 6th overall.

RAH BUDS,

Conor Fowler (2014 Megabowl Champion)

Action from Day 1!

Action from Day 1

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Truxtun Umsted

This past weekend the BU Dinghy Sailors made the trip down to Annapolis, Maryland to sail in the Truxtun Umsted at the Naval Academy. The regatta consisted of four divisions, A and B split time in 420s and Fjs while C sailed Laser Full rigs and D sailed Laser Radials. The weekend provided many lessons for each of these boats as well as many lessons about the venue. Saturday was a difficult day with most of the race decided by how close you could start to the boat, and get to the current relief near the pier. We sailed eight races in each division Sunday and six more on Sunday.

A delicious dinner Saturday night from the Saldi family fueled a much better day of sailing Sunday for all four divisions including four bullets. We moved up two spots by the end of the day after the six races. Overall the weekend was fun and full of lessons for everyone. A huge thank you to the Saldi family for housing and feeding us, Courageous Sailing for letting us use their lasers in preparation, and to Billy for coaching us.

 RAH BUDS,
Brendan Cook
Light Air Racing on Day 1

Light Air Racing on Day 1

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Women’s Emily Wick Trophy

This weekend at the Emily Wick Trophy we learned one thing: there is a venue crazier than the Charles.  The Thames, home of the United States Coast Guard Academy, is potentially one of the most difficult places to sail in New England. Four knots of ripping current and 180 degree wind shifts created many tricky situations, to say the least. Each day, a westerly fought with the sea breeze, causing those dramatic shifts in both direction and pressure. The breeze picked up to 20 knots at times, but dropped to 2 at others.

As a team we felt like we improved throughout the weekend and learned many valuable lessons that we will be able to apply in two weeks when we return for Women’s New England’s. More specifically: get a clean start, sail conservatively, and stay in phase. Especially with the erratic shifts, we found that it was crucial to get your head out of the boat and remember the basics—boat handling and speed. If you missed a shift, it was nearly impossible to recover. Overall, we feel the weekend was a success and can’t wait to get back on The Charles to reinforce the lessons we learned!

RAH BUDS,

Hannah P and Lindsey

Battling the Thames River to finish 7th Overall

Battling the Thames River to finish 7th Overall

 

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2014 Spring Update

The Charles River has thawed and the BUDS have been hard at work this Spring season spanning the East Coast from Miami to Maine! This is what we’ve been up to:

Feb 15-16: Women’s Inter-conference @ USF (4th); 29th Spring Inter-conference @ Charleston (3rd)

March 8-9: John Jackson TR @ Georgetown (4th)

March 15-16: Southern NE TR @ Conn College (8th); Veitor Trophy @ Salve Regina (12th)

March 22-23: Women’s Inter-conference @ Charleston (10th); Staake Trophy TR @ Bowdoin (3rd)

March 29-30: Marchiando Trophy TR @ MIT (12th); Women’s Dellenbaugh Trophy @ Brown (14th)

BUDS Practicing

BUDS Practicing

 

The BUDS are excited for the tough schedule ahead of them…RAH BUDS!

 

 

 

 

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Miami Training Recap

The lingering winter in Boston has felt especially cold in this past week for the BUDS, having followed four days of amazing 80 degree sailing in Miami.  With most of us arriving in Miami on Sunday the 9th, practice spanned from Monday to Thursday.  The team was sailing out of Ransom Everglades under the instruction of coach Bobby Martin. 

We were met with light winds the first two mornings, which provided great opportunities to work on 420 boat handling and then cool off with a swim.  Both days the wind picked up during the afternoon session for some more good sailing.  Wednesday was spent doing speed testing, followed by an afternoon off and a team trip to South Beach.  The last day of sailing was upon us only too quickly, but lots of team racing made for an exciting final day.  Spring break 2014 has come and gone, and while our tans may fade, our excitement for the rest of the season remains strong.  Stay tuned for some action pictures on the water. RAH BUDS!

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by | March 12, 2014 · 10:28 pm

The Offseason

November marks the end of the Fall season for college sailing. The leaves have lit up the skyline, then fallen and crunched underfoot as the BUDS sealed up the boathouse and reluctantly walked back down the esplanade for the last time in 2013.

Thus began the offseason. A time for drinking warm beverages, celebrating team holidays, and nursing our grades back to health after sailing hard all fall.

We gather each week for meetings and workouts. Meetings usually consist of team racing discussions focusing on different plays and mark traps, often leading to discussions about the rules. Soon we will also be planning our upcoming spring break training trip.

In addition to physical training and mental refreshers, some are able to find their way onto unfrozen water. A few weeks into the break, many of us start to get the itch that only sailing itself can satisfy. This time of year there are several opportunities to get out there.

The first involves travel. Loads of college sailors are drawn to Florida for the Vanguard 15 Team Racing Midwinter Championship, or simply “midwinters” for those familiar with it. This regatta is great practice in a boat favored by college sailors for its speed, its boat handling comparable to the FJ, and its enjoyable feel in the helm.

For those with big boat experience, Key West Race Week is another appealing option for January sailing.

For those of us looking for more frequent tiller time, there are (somewhat) local frostbiting fleets in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In Massachusetts the Winthrop Frostbite Sailing Club can provide your fix. Located at Cottage Park Yacht Club near Logan Airport, competitors sail Interclubs and Lasers until April. This offers sailors both a single-handed and double-handed option. The club claims to be able to sign sailors up on the spot, supporting the classic motivational advice from Grant Cardone: “Just show up.”

In Rhode Island the Wickford Frostbite Association races Sea Dog one designs. Occasional appearances are made by Skip Whyte, who coached the BUDS from 1976-85, and again from 1992-95. The Wickford fleet is pictured below.

Fleet 413 is a competitive laser frostbiting fleet out of Fort Adams State Park in Newport. Competitors can store their boats, blades and rigs on site,  then show up on Sundays to race a variety of courses (diligently maintained by the RC) against competitors such as Ken and Brad Reed and John Mollicone, all of whom are BUDS alumni. After racing competitors gather at the “International Yacht and Athletic Club” for drinks, free pizza, and a helping of sailing tales to round out the afternoon.

Whether on the water or off, there are plenty of off-season training opportunities out there. Just ask the BUDS.

- Erica Lush ’14

 

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