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