Oct 22, 2018
The UMass Dartmouth women’s sailing team traveled to Bridgeport, Connecticut this past weekend to compete in the Fairfield Cup hosted out of the Captains Cove Seaport.
There were 11 teams from around New England, including a team from McGill. With a small craft advisory in affect for Long Island Sound, the race committee decided to keep the course tucked in close to shore in hopes of finding a bit of shelter from the strong gusts, some near 25 knots. The Corsairs' A team, led by captain Isabel Rombult and Page Veazie, had a difficult first set of races as they worked to settle into the big wind groove, but once they found their rhythm, the pair managed to stay in the middle of the pack for the remainder of the day with a 4th and 5th place finish as their best two races.
Abbey Rogers and captain Melanie Muzyka had a more difficult time managing the big breeze in the B division boat. This was the first time this pair had sailed an FJ in this kind of breeze, but they showed a steady improvement in their racing as Saturday progressed. With the forecast for Sunday calling for Gail Force winds (gust between 35-45 knots), the race committee decided to run eight races in each division and kept the competitors on the water until 5:30 pm.
With the decision to abandon racing on Sunday due to the dangerous conditions, the Corsairs were unable to build on their efforts in a second day of racing. They found themselves in 10th of 11 in front of Middlebury College. Tufts took 1st with the University of Vermont, Salve Regina, UMass Amherst, Fairfield, Wentworth, Sacred Heart, Yale and McGill following in order.
This was the final regatta of the Fall season for the Corsairs but they will be back again in the Spring of 2019.
(Recap provided by Head Coach Luke Hubert)