DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sailing team split squads between URI's Southern Series 5 and Mass. Maritime's Alymers Trophy this weekend, finishing in seventh and eighth place, respectively, at the two events.
How it Happened
At Southern Series 5 on Narragansett Salt Pond, the Corsairs were represented by captains Kelsey Delosh (Boston, Mass.) and Courtney Grippin (Wilbraham, Mass.) in the A division and Isabel Rombult (Boxford, Mass.) and Alix Blair (Gloucester, Mass.) in the B division.
On Saturday, the competitors were faced with 18-22 knots wind with gusts nearing 30. While the fleet worked hard to keep their boats flat enough to control in the stronger gusts, the Corsairs struggled to control the boats in the big breeze. After hanging on to finish three races, the B boat capsized and eventually racing was suspended for the day.
Sunday started out with breeze around 8-12 knots but quickly built to 16-20 knots with significantly higher gusts. The A pair managed to keep the boat upright and finish all nine races, with the B boat ultimately capsizing. At the end of the exhausting weekend, the Corsairs finished the event in seventh place ahead of Mass Maritime and behind Tufts, URI 1, Yale, Coast Guard, URI 2 and Brown, respectively.
A second group traveled to Mass Maritime to compete in the Alymers Trophy. While the Corsairs were able to rotate through a number of crews, the skippers in both divisions remained constant with two team captains. In the A division, Shannon McKeown (Franklin, Mass.) drove with Melanie Muzyka (Pembroke, Mass.) and Page Veazie (East Bridgewater, Mass.) trading off in the crew position. In the B division Hanna Desilets (Little Compton, R.I.) drove with Kathleen Tansey (Quincy, Mass.) on Saturday and Michaela Carrier (Richmond, R.I.) taking over up front for Sunday's racing.
On Saturday, the competitors faced similarly challenging breeze in the morning with gusts approaching 25 knots and 15-18 sustained. Both Corsair boats capsized early in the day, unable to hold their boats flat in the strong gusts. As the breeze settled down a bit after mid-day, the Corsairs were able to find a groove and navigate their way into the highly competitive fleet consisting of Northeastern, Vermont, Tufts, Brown, Salve Regina, Mass Maritime, and Providence College, respectively. When the racing concluded Sunday afternoon, the Corsairs finished in eighth place.
The Corsairs will compete again Saturday, traveling to the Central Series 4 regatta hosted by Boston College.