Bears Sixth at Pine Trophy

Bears Sixth at Pine Trophy

NEW LONDON, Conn -- Coast guard finished sixth in a very competition Pine Trophy which also served as a qualifier for the New England Match Race Championship for the Lawrence A. White Trophy. The Pine Trophy, first sailed in 1943, honors Admiral James Pine who oversaw the construction of the original Jacobs Rock Sailing Center. This year's edition featured the best keelboat sailors in New England looking to earn one of three berths to the White Trophy. 

The conditions on Saturday were near perfect for most of the day. Sailors were treated to a moderate northerly with slight current that kept racing tight all day. The Bears sailed strong in conditions they were familiar with and had an edge over the fleet in boat handling and knowledge of the venue. At the end of racing on Saturday, the race committee had completed nine races and the Bears sat in third place overall.

Despite a similar forecast, Sunday's conditions proved to be much more challenging and unpredictable as compared to Saturday. The breeze started from the northeast and slowly clocked to the east. That, coupled with a strong outgoing current, kept competitors on their toes during the final five races of the series. Coast Guard struggled to find consistency on Sunday, finding themselves just behind the leaders in most of the races. A string of high finishes put them in sixth overall at the end of the day with 69 points. 

Sailing for the Bears were Eric Gimple, Gregory Gaskel, Jake Dennis, Zachary Groce, and Richard O'Leary.

Brown University won the 2018 Pine Trophy with 34 points, winning a tie breaker with Yale University who finished second. Dartmouth College rounded out the top three, finishing with 57 points.