No. 20 Bears Win Oberg Trophy

Boston, MA—(10/27/13)—The 20th ranked Sailing Team closed strong to come home victorious from the Oberg Trophy hosted by Northeastern at MIT.  Lead by a dominating performance in C-Division by Nikole Barnes and Robert Turley, the Bears won the regatta by two points.

The sailors were treated to champagne conditions on the Charles River during both days of the Oberg Trophy.  A beautiful southwesterly ranging from 10-18 knots throughout the weekend created close racing in all divisions.  The race committee was able to complete a full rotation of 54 races in FJs and Fireflies.  The Bears' victory didn't come until the last race. 

On Saturday Coast Guard started strong, with consistent scores across all divisions.  As the breeze increased, however, boat handling errors lead to a few larger scores that quickly knocked them down the leaderboard.  After Saturday, the Bears were in seventh place. 

Sunday was a different story.  The Bears quickly started a climb after posting solid finishes across the board.  Going into the final two races for A-Division, Coast Guard was 26 points behind Boston University who had already sailed a few deep races.  Riding the team's overall momentum, Avery Fanning and Nikolia Kruger won both races, with BU finishing 14th and 16th, which was enough to take the trophy home. 

The team's victory was lead by an impressive performance in C-Division by Nikole Barnes and Robert Turley, who won their division by 46 points.  Along with their four race wins, the duo had zero double digit finishes and only three races outside of the top-5.  Barnes and Turley were named NEISA Sailors of the Week for their effort.

In B-Division, Bradley Milliken, Savannah Kuntz, Michael Caballero, and Cyrus Unvala finished 9th with 150 points.  Fanning and Kruger were 6th in A-Division with 136 points. 

The team combined for 351 points.  Boston University was 2nd with 353 and Roger Williams rounded out the top-3 with 364.

Next weekend Coast Guard will head back to the Charles River for the Schell Trophy hosted by MIT and the Women's Victorian Coffee Urn hosted by Harvard.  At each event the Bears will be looking to earn a berth to the Atlantic Coast Championship. 

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