CGA sailors competed in the Storm Trysail Club Inter-collegiate Offshore Regatta at Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club over the Columbus Day weekend. This event is by invitation and is the largest collegiate offshore regatta in the country. Boats were loaned by generous owners to 49 college sailing teams from across the country, Canada, United Kingdom and France. The Bears were the recipients of the J-109 MORNING GLORY and the J-105 Gray MATTER owned by Past Larchmont Yacht Club Commodore Carl Olsson and John and Marisa Koten respectively.
Friday was a scheduled practice day with racing scheduled to begin Saturday morning. The breeze picked up to 20-25 knots with higher gusts mid-morning which prevented all the teams from getting underway. By Saturday morning, after the North-Northeast had blown through and the forecast for the weekend was for light and variable winds with lots of current. The J-109 class sailed their first race with only three boats finishing within the time limit with CGA finishing 2nd. There was one more race on Saturday and only one race on Sunday due to light and fickle breeze. CGA finished 4th in the nine boat J-109 class and 5th in the twelve boat J-105 class (largest class at the event).
The Bears were represented on MORNING GLORY by Richard O'Leary on the helm with Toby Ferl, Megan Wadleigh, Dan Peveler, Merrill Cline, Chris Alemania and Jarred Gaudineer crewing. On GRAY MATTER, Jesse McKnight was on the helm with Greg Gaskel, Liam Long, Kurt Biedermann and Nate Olmsted crewing.
The women's team traveled to St. Mary's College of MD for the Showcase B Finals. In what was also a light weekend in Southern Maryland, the team finished a solid 6th of 14 teams. Having the youngest team at the event with three freshmen and one sophomore, the Bears are on track to continue to improve throughout the rest of the season and spring semester. Emma Snead and Mary Tran finished 10th in A Division and Emma AuBuchon sailing with Leonora Krajewski won B Division (their first win in college) by virtue of finishing in the top three in 8 of 10 races.
The COED team traveled to the Arnoff Trophy at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. The team finished 5th of 13 teams with Richie Gordon and Jack Farrell 5th in A Division and Matt Kickhafer sailing with Casey Gale, Charlie Mason and Jin Johnson also finishing 5th in B Division.
Next up for CGA Sailing is the COED Showcase Finals, McMillan Cup, Yale Women's and the Oberg Trophy.