The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Fall Championships took place this past weekend in Boston. The COED event, the Schell Trophy was at MIT, Women's Victorian Urn Trophy was at Harvard and the Nickerson Trophy was at Tufts for the freshmen. It was a tale of two completely different days in terms of what mother-nature supplied the sailors across the three events as Saturday brought sunny skies with extremely light air and minimum races and Sunday was cold, wet and windier as the day progressed.
The COED squad got off to a slow start on Saturday in the light and shifty conditions and after the day where three races were sailed in each division, the team was in 11th overall in the 18 team field. The race committee opted for an earlier start on Sunday in the hopes of getting in as many races as possible. Southeast winds that started the day around 8-10 knots and slowly but steadily built along with increasing rain made for touch sledding for many teams. The Bears clawed their way back by continually posting low finishes. As the weather got worse, CGA Sailing picked up the pace and the last two sets were sailed in torrential downpour with winds gusting over 25 knots by last race. With ten races in each division on Sunday, the Bears climbed up to 6th overall. Mack Fox sailing with Brian Nelson finished in a tie for 7th in A Division and Gage Schoenherr sailing with Christina Nothacker finished 4th in B Division. Phil Whittlesey and Walter Gnann rounded out the team.
The Women saw similar conditions on the Charles River at Harvard. Three races were sailed on Saturday and the ladies were 7th of 16 teams. On Sunday, with many light crews it was a day of attrition as those that kept their boat upright or just minimized capsizing were able to finish near the top of the fleet. The Bears has some good races on Saturday and some good races on Sunday but were not able to get both divisions firing on all cylinders at the same time. Emma Snead sailing with Mary Tran and Casey Gale finished 12th in A Division and Emma AuBuchon sailing with Lily Maranto finished 8th in B Division. The team finished 9th overall and it should be noted that CGA Sailing was the youngest team at the regatta.
The Nickerson Trophy is held on the Mystic Lake, the home of Tufts sailing and always a tricky place to sail for any visiting teams. The Bears got off to a good start on Saturday with 3 A races and 2 B Races, the team was 2nd overall in the fleet of 18 teams. On Sunday, although not as windy as the Charles River, it pick pick-up throughout the day. The team continued to be in the hunt until the last set and finished in a tie for 4th. Nate Olmsted sailing with Leonora Krajewski finished 10th in A Division and Mike Pinto sailing with Jack Farrell and Charlie Mason finished 3rd in B Division.
The team has the Kennedy Cup this weekend at Navy and the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship in Santa Barbara, Calif. next week to wrap up the fall season.