Saturday the bus was just rolling away from campus when the Sailing Team's last-day-of-the-season away regatta was cancelled by our hosts due to high winds. The Sailors quickly regrouped, and while some chose to spend the day preparing for up-coming exams, the rest suggested venturing off campus anyway.
Working with Mr Catlin, Henry, Rebecca, Cynthia, Francisco, Laura, Ainsley, and Niki crafted a plan to drive to Boston, visit USS Constitution, and have some free time in the Quincy Market / Aquarium area. There was a surprise bonus: we ended our season on the water as we traveled by ferry back to where the bus was parked!
Saturday 10 members of the Sailing team went to Bristol, RI to sail one of the world's newest production boats - the foiling UFO. Winds were heavy, blowing consistently above 25 mph and then over 30 mph which is far stronger than it is possible for the team's usual sailboat-type to manage. After a few hours of the sailors having incredible fun on a steep learning curve our hosts stopped our trial - but not because the wind grew too strong! The Dubliners and the boat were managing the breeze well. We stopped because the waves grew so large it was no longer safe to foil.
Air temp hovered around 40 degrees. Wind was 10-12 gusting to 16. Staying upright in the white caps was a challenge in which most boats succeeded. The fleet started with 9 boats then dropped to 7 due to Sailor injuries, inadequate clothing, and boat mechanical failures incurred in the windy conditions. The Sailors who completed the 3 races showed Courage, Endurance, and Moxie! Thanks to Henry L's "dressed for winter" mom who came out to ride a coach boat and cheer the Sailors.
Today's regatta was an important mark in the season: every Sailor raced both boat positions. For Giacomo, James, and Syan it was their first time racing in the driver's position!
The Team sailed five races on a windward-leeward course in surge-fade 4-7 kt winds. Driver and crew switched positions in the boat after every race. Competition was tight and several boats were disqualified (fleet plus 2, or 11 points) for rules or course infractions.