NEW LONDON, Conn. – Offshore Sailing played host to their first of two spring sportboat regattas amid the raindrops on the Thames River this past weekend.
The event was sailed in Coast Guard's new fleet of J/70's. The lightweight boats are the first of their kind for intercollegiate sailing. They are sailed by crews of four and equipped with a powerful sail plan featuring large asymmetrical spinnakers.
Competing schools included Brown, Roger Williams, Tufts, Boston University, Mass Maritime, and Maine Maritime.
The regatta schedule was compressed into a single afternoon session of eight short course races due to light wind on Saturday morning and a winter storm forecasted for Sunday.
The Bears sailed fast throughout the event and showed a decided boat speed advantage on the downwind legs. Coast Guard won race five and by that point in the regatta Brown, Roger Williams, and Coast Guard had separated themselves from the rest of the field. The Bears fell behind the leading pair after a penalty in race six, but quickly recovered to take a photo finish win in race seven. The final race saw the Bears battle Roger Williams for second overall with the Hawks just edging out the home team at the finish line.
Helmsman Will Colomb '18 with crew of Peter Reeve '17, Sulli Edwards '17, and Zachary Groce '19 finished the event in third overall. "We're happy to be among the top group at the end," commented Offshore Coach Kevin Dooley. "Knowing how Will's boat stacks up against the NEISA schools is encouraging news for the entire team."
Offshore Sailing's next regatta is NEISA Sportboat Invitational #2 on April 23-24.