Bears Place 2nd at East Coast Big Boats Championship; 12th at Showcase Finals

Bears Place 2nd at East Coast Big Boats Championship; 12th at Showcase Finals

The McMillan Cup, the oldest trophy in college sailing was first sailed in 1930 is the East Coast College Big Boat Championship. The regatta is held at the Naval Academy each fall and sailed in their fleet of Navy 44's. The Bears traveled to Annapolis on Friday to take advantage of practicing on the Chesapeake Bay. The racing began on Saturday morning for the ten teams with Southeast breeze ranging from 8-12 knots with puffs in the mid-teens by the end of the day. Four races were sailed and the Bears were in third place overnight.

On Sunday, the remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor made for a "character building" day for all the sailors. The low pressure brought winds 12-15 knots from the East-Southeast to start that day and built to 25+ knots by the last race. Torrential downpour, large waves and reduced visibility made for challenging conditions. The Bears finished with a 4,4,2 to move up a spot ahead of URI and finished in 2nd overall behind the host team. Jesse McKnight was on the helm, with Toby Ferl, Greg Gaskel, Megan Wadleigh, Richard O'Leary, Merrill Cline, Liam Long and Kurt Biedermann rounding out the team. Nest up for the squad is the Kennedy Cup, the big boat national championship in two weeks.

The COED squad was at the Showcase Championship Finals at Connecticut College with the top 18 teams in the country. With weather conditions that were prevalent in the most of New England, there were several long postponements and some light air racing. Finishing only nine of the scheduled eighteen races, the Bears team of Mack Fox and Brian Nelson were 13th in A Division and Gage Schoenherr with Christina Nothacker were 9th in B Division. The team finished in 12th.

The Oberg Trophy was held at MIT and hosted by Northeastern. This three division regatta is a testament to team depth. The light air forecast for both days made racing challenging for the race committee and competitors alike. Multiple postponements followed by brief racing was the order for the day on Saturday. Richie Gordon with Jack Farrell crewing finished 5th in a very competitive A Division. Nate Olmsted with Jin Johnson finished 5th in B and Matt Kickhafer with Charlie Mason and Julia VanLuven were 6th in C. The team finished in 5th overall.

The Women sailed at Yale where they got the most breeze in New England on Long Island Sound Saturday. Nine races were sailed in each division on Saturday and four more on Sunday. Emma Snead with Mary Tran crewing were 15th in A Division and Emma AuBuchon with Leonora Krajewski and Lily Maranto were 11th in B Division. The Bears finished 13th overall.

Next up for the team is the NEISA Fall Championships this weekend. Schell Trophy at MIT, Urn Trophy at Harvard and the Nickerson Trophy at Tufts.