The BUDS are back, and the fall season is under way. After a fun summer, the BUDS have returned to home waters and some of us already have a regatta under our belt.
We started with preseason practices at the Pleon Yacht Club in Marblehead (where we had finished off the last season). With good wind, we got great practice sailing 420’s in waves, and it was an excellent way to get back into sailing mode after a summer off. By the time pre season was over, the team was ready for action.
With the start of the regular season, the BUDS got to welcome our new Assistant Coach, recent graduate- Cam Fraser. Now our coaching staff has another alumni to join its ranks to stand beside Bobby Martin and Stan Schreyer himself.
Last weekend we sent sailors to Yale, MIT and Maine Maritime. As a member of the Sloop team, I journeyed to Maine Maritime along with fellow Sloop Team members, Connor Astwood (Skipper), Brendan Cook (Tactician), and Maggie Swanson (Jib Trimmer). We also brought along some of our new freshmen for their first college regatta. We all had a great weekend sailing, with the freshmen placing well in their events and us sloop sailors earning a qualifying position for the New Englands. A shout out to the Lichensteins (one of our new freshman’s, Lily’s, parents) for generously offering lodging!
As a team we’ve had a really great couple weeks of practice and we’re looking forward to a fun productive season this year.
Thanks for following our progress, and keep an eye out for photos to follow!
– Zachary Vickerson Class of 2016
For the second week of post season the BUDS decided to get some open water practice, so we headed to Marblehead, MA. We sailed about five 420s out of Pleon Yacht Club on Monday and Tuesday. The wind was decent both days, and even picked up to about 14 knots on Monday afternoon. Drills included rabbit starts, pig-in-the-middle, tacking on the whistle, and lots of boat handling.
Pleon Yacht Club
Wednesday was a much smaller group—only 4 people, including our assistant coach Billy—so we sailed in FJ’s out of BU for a couple of hours. We mostly did match racing and some max-slow drills. And I’m proud to say that for the two crew races, I was the reigning champion for the day. Thursday we traveled to Piers Park for some sloop sailing with great views of the Boston harbor. For some of the BUDS, it was our first time in a bigger boat, so it was nice to learn something new. We cruised around and even flew the spinnaker for a bit—after waiting out a pretty severe rain storm.
On Friday, Brown University invited a bunch of schools to practice with them at their venue in Cranston, RI. However, a three-hour-long wind delay gave the four of us the perfect opportunity to learn about some Rhode Island history. We got to tour the State House and then went to play some soccer in a nearby park. When it was finally time to sail, the wind was pretty light—about 3 knots max—but we were able to use our powerful boat handling skills to get around the course. At the end of the day, all the college sailors had the great pleasure of helping Brown put away their boats for the season. While it was exhausting, it’s a small way to help out after the invitation. Also the idea is genius. It’s something the BUDS should consider when we’re trying to put away our boats for the winter…
RI State House
While the last week had a smaller group and a more relaxed feel, it was still great to be out on the water in many different conditions and locations. I’m sad that the year has ended, but I’m excited for the fall when the BUDS can take everyone by storm (per usual, of course)!
Lindsey Kennett, Class of 2015
On May 3rd the BUDS hosted the Terriers of years past at the 2014 BUDS Alumni Regatta. Sailors were greeted with food, drink and rigged boats at the BU Sailing Pavilion around noon on a gorgeous and warm spring day. After meeting some of the current BUDS and snacking, the boats headed out for what proved to be a great day of sailing with all 18 boats racing!
The first race was sailed in a faint and indecisive Southwesterly. The breeze then had a bit of a “hissy fit” until it finally settled into an Easterly, which held for the remainder of the day with occasional inconsistencies. The student run race committee, led by PRO Conor Fowler (BU 2014), was quick to adjust the course to keep the racing “Charles River” fair. After 5 more W4s, the seventh and final race of the day took the fleet all the way to the Sailing Pavilion for the dramatic conclusion of the regatta.
After racing everyone got dressed up for the cocktail party, which was on the seventh floor of SMG. Everyone enjoyed more food and reminisced the days we all spent on the water together while we overlooked our mighty Charles River.
It has been a great change of scenery for the BUDS, sailing their first week of post-season in the Boston Harbor. Thanks to Cottage Park Yacht Club, the BU team was able to keep their full fleet of FJs in the harbor throughout the week. And joined by the Tufts team, there were plenty of boats on the water to make for productive practice, new drills, and even some exploring of the islands.
Practices ran from 10:30am to 4pm. An hour lunch break was spent differently each day: on the boats, at Courageous Yacht Club, once even beached on the uninhabited Lovell island where a fort and its beaches were explored by curious sailors.
With conditions varying from mild wind to over 15 knots and some mighty rollers, it was an exciting week that allowed for experimentation during long upwind and reach legs. A rare and educational opportunity for the Charles River sailors, they had to adjust to harnessing the ocean breeze while fighting current and finding way among the salty waves. But they didn’t fall short to the airplanes passing overhead at practically mast-height, inspired by that speed, the BUDS soon had their FJs planing.
Next week the BUDS will be training in Marblehead at Pleon Yacht Club for open water 420 practice!
Indre Jankeviciute (BU 2015)
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.
Conor Fowler (2014 Megabowl Champion)
Action from Day 1
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.
Light Air Racing on Day 1
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!
Hannah P and Lindsey
Battling the Thames River to finish 7th Overall