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Regatta Reports: MAISA North Qualifiers

This weekend CUST made the trek up to Geneva, NY to compete at the MAISA North Fall Qualifiers hosted by Hobart and William Smith on Seneca Lake. Coach Conor Cashel, Adam DeVita, Elizabeth Keeney, Nicholas Houchois, Bailey Fryer, Calvin Tong, and Fernand Le Fèvre traveled to the charming Geneva for the weekend’s competition.


On Saturday morning A division headed out on the water in light breeze that quickly died. After an hour and a half of floating, the breeze picked up enough to get a set off. Shifty and variable breeze ranging in 4-14 knots from the North presented challenges throughout the day. After six races were completed in both the A and B division, CUST was standing in 7th place out of the fleet of 15 boats. Sunday, sailors waited until 1:30pm for breeze that never came -- though sad they weren’t able to sail, CUST sailors can’t complain about the opportunity to bond and catch some z’s in the sun on the shore of the beautiful Seneca Lake.


Finishing in the top 10, CUST moves on to the Luce Regatta qualifiers in a few weeks!



Regatta Reports: Old Dominion Spring Opener 2016

ODU Spring Opener 2016

This weekend CUST made the trek down to Virginia for Old Dominion University’s Spring Opener regatta. Paolo Bertolotti SEAS ‘16, Elizabeth Keeney BC ‘19, Adam DeVita CC ‘18, Luke Pelessone SEAS ‘18, and Fernand Le Fèvre GS ’17 left early Friday to make the journey to Norfolk, VA to sail Saturday and Sunday. Light and shifty breeze, that only began to pick up later on Sunday, called for some focused sailing of playing the shifts and good boat speed—and allowed heavy weight crew, Fernand Le Fèvre, to practice his coaching and pep talks on land. 


As the first time the team has been back on the water this season, a 7th place finish overall was a solid start to the season. The team is looking forward to working on more aggressive starts and cleaning up maneuvers on our practice Spring break trip to Florida next week. 

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News Feed: Fall 2015 Mainsheet

With the boats all tucked away for the winter and finals underway, we reflect on our fall season. Take a peek at the latest edition of the Mainsheet to read about what CUST was up to this season! Go to http://columbiasailing.org/mainsheet and click on the grey "download" button.

Regatta Reports: MAISA Club Championships 2015

MAISA Club Champs



Sailors: Paolo, Anna, Adam, Luke, Fernand

Location: Corinthian Yacht Club, Essington, PA.

Boat type: z420


Day 1

Wind: 4-5kts, built a bit but inconsistent throughout the day. Puffy.

Current: On and off, switched direction. Big factor when on, especially at the start.

Weather: Overcast

Course: W4, W5 (once)

Day Overview: Rough, inconsistent start to the day. More consistent, better, sailing as the day went on.


Day 2

Wind: 5-7kts, puffy. Died about mid-way through the day's second set.

Current: Strong, big factor.

Weather: Clear, 48 Fahrenheit.

Course: W4

Day Overview: Much better, more consistent, sailing. Unfortunately, the wind died, so A and B only got 1 full scored set each.



One thing to improve: Starts. Consistency. Dealing with strong current. Patience and committing to decisions.

One thing done well: Read puffs and shifts comparatively well. Despite a rough start, we were able to clear our heads and move on to have some good races as the regatta progressed.

Other trip highlights: Team road trips (...and team nap-time). Ice cream. Sailing z420s. Rolling up with matching water bottles.

Regatta Reports: MAISA Women's Fall Championships 2015

Representing CUSTW in A was skipper Nicole Edwards, BC'18 with crew Lily Taylor, BC'18. In B we had Liz Siegal, CC'16 and Haley Collins, BC'81 alternating as skipper with Louisa Maza, SEAS'18 as crew. As the wind was super light, finding speed off the start and not getting covered was huge. Coach made awesome cookies for the team after two long days on the water.

Saturday, October 24: Tricky racing in NE breeze becoming East and trying, but not succeeding to go Southeast. Nick Clemence '15 did a nice job keeping the racing on track. Ten races were completed using W-3's and 4's exclusively. Two protests were heard by coaches with one upheld and one disallowed. GW on their way to winning their first MAISA Championship. Three races left in each division for Sunday.

Sunday, October 25: Southerly filled in overnight and that made for easy regatta management to knock out the final 3 races in each division. 11a/b was a W-4 and the remaining were W-3's. One protest was filed on the water, but no paperwork submitted. All racing was concluded and teams on the road by 11:30. Georgetown made a nice run, but Congratulations to GW who won their 1st MAISA Championship.

Report from ICSA Real-Time Regatta Reports