Ben, Joe, Baoyi, Taylor, Brandon, Chris, Francisco, Amaelie, and Dan represented Dublin at the "Stag's Leap" regatta in Portland Harbor Saturday October 12. This was the team's final Portland regatta of the season.
With 9 Sailors Dublin raced 2 boat teams, meaning there were always 4 Dubliners on the water racing 2 boats amidst a fleet of 15 in a total of 8 'A' plus 8 'B' or 16 total races over 6 hours. Portland regattas represent a significant, day-long commitment by Dublin Sailors who are away from campus for about 14 hours.
Big fleets are one of the Portland regattas' attractions - 15 boats is about twice as many as the Sailing Team can field for a Wednesday intra-team regatta. And the Portland competitors sailing and tactical skills are very strong.
Earlier this week the team put on their drysuits for the first time, and all the Sailors chose to wear them in Portland even though the air temps were in the mid-50s. The day started with the North wind just making whitecaps, and it grew lighter through the afternoon. This was familiar conditions for the Dubliners and the accounting for the tide was the bigger challenge for most.
Amelie, Francisco, Den and Ben were our drivers while the remaining Sailors alternated into the forward hand spots. All the sailors worked diligently on their technique and Mr. Catlin observed improvements throughout the day. Top placements were made by Ben and Dan each of whom sailed to a 5th-place finish in one of their races.