Castine, Maine--Avery Fanning, a freshman skipper in his collegiate debut, with crews Jaimie Chicoine and Andrew Britton won B-Division and helped propel Coast Guard to a 7th place finish at the Penobscot Bay Open at Maine Maritime Academy.
In A-Division, Bradley Milliken, Michael Caballero, and Christina Frost had a tougher weekend, posting several finishes in double digits and finishing 9th in their division with 118 points.
At the Women's Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by Massachusetts Institute for Technology, big breeze on the Charles River on Saturday created an exciting start to the women's season. Ten races per division were completed in conditions that warranted storm jibs and reefed mainsails. On Sunday, only four races per division were needed to finish the regatta, which were sailed in lighter and shiftier conditions.
The Bears struggled to find consistency, posting several low scores along with races where they found themselves near the back of the pack.
"The conditions were tough but nothing that should have been out of our league," said director of sailing Doug Clark. "We'll be focusing on starts and attention to detail with this group in the coming weeks. The potential is definitely there."
Lauren Cefali and Jennifer Lane were 9th in A-Division with 126 points. Devon Rohde and Kayla Ellis were 6th in B-Division with 100 points. The team combined for 226 points and 9th overall.
Yale won the season opener with 101 points. Dartmouth was 2nd with 133 points and Brown rounded out the top three with 154.