BUZZARDS, BAY, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's sailing team competed this weekend in the Great Herring Pond Open hosted by Mass. Maritime, finishing 11th including seventh and eighth place finishes in the B division.
How it Happened
Eleven schools were slated to compete both Saturday and Sunday, but after sending the A division out and drifting for nearly an hour, a decision was made to postpone racing until the wind arrived. When there was still no wind at 1 p.m. on Saturday the teams were sent home in hopes of better weather the following day.
Sunday did in fact prove to be better sailing day. The Corsairs had a strong start but were not able to maintain throughout the day. Captains Isabel Rombult (Boxford, Mass.) and Alix Blair (Gloucester, Mass.) led the team in the A division. In a competitive field, the duo registered a top finish of seventh place. In the B division, captain Shannon McKeown (Franklin, Mass.) and Melanie Muzyka (Pembroke, Mass.) also started out the day on a high note finishing, in seventh and eighth place, respectively, in their first set.
In the third set of the day, Muzyka replaced Blair in the A division. Page Veazie (East Bridgewater, Mass.) took the crew position in the B boat but the team was unable to carry the early momentum to the end. When all was said and done, the Corsairs found themselves in 11th place, only four points behind the host school.
The Corsairs will compete again this coming Saturday, at Boston College's regatta held at the Savin Hill Yacht Club in Boston.