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News Feed: SUNY Maritime Fall Open 2015
The weekend of 9/19-9/20 was CUST’s opening weekend with the SUNY Maritime Fall Open and the Sacred Heart University Invitational. Representing Columbia at SUNY were skipper-crew pairs Paolo Bertolotti, ‘16 and Anna Knight, ’16 in A and Adam Devita, ’18 and Luke Pelessone, ’18 in B. The first day was very light wind in the morning, building to about 12 knots in the afternoon. Because of this, the current, which was about 2 knots, was adverse in many of the morning races. When the wind did pick up, it was shifty and hard to call, resulting in a fluctuation in scores. c420s were used by both fleets on W4s. The next day was sunny, in comparison to Saturday’s overcast, a good omen for CUST. Wind was around 8-12 knots with a current still around 2 knots, pulling boats from the left to the right of the W4 and W3 courses all day. With better conditions, Columbia became better adjusted in the boat, especially considering the team only had one week of practice in its belt, and improved as the day progressed. Creating a plan before the start was one thing the sailors needed to improve on. The team did a good job maintaining boat speed.
Regatta Reports: Sacred Heart Invitational 2015
The weekend of 9/19-9/20 was CUST’s opening weekend with the SUNY Maritime Fall Open and the Sacred Heart University Invitational. Representing Columbia at the invitational, which was hosted at Sail Black Rockin Bridgeport, CT, were skipper-crew pairs Nicole Edwards, ’18 and Kelsey Burns, ’16 in A and Haley Collins, ’18 and Lily Taylor, ’18 in B. Saturday was scorching and the wind was 0-3 knots all day. Because races were held in a cove, tides were a large factor to consider. The tide was outflowing in the morning, with the wind, and inflowing in the afternoon, which made it extremely difficult to sail upwind and caused Columbia and other teams to be pushed back from the starting line during the sequence, making them very late. The wind was less consistent on the open water side of the course, but had stronger puffs that helped a great deal. Some confusion between the race committee resulted in Columbia not being able to start the second set of A races, but redress was granted. Ice Cream was eaten in the meantime to make up for not being able to sail and feeling like this:
The second day was the opposite of the of the first. The weather was overcast and the 12-15 knot winds and 25+ gusts caused carnage during races and in between races. Sailing safe was faster than sailing fast. The affect of the current was also negligible when compared to the wind. Seeing CUST only had one week of practice under its belt, skipper-crew synchronization was still rusty. Communication was great, and helped to improve the coordination of the skippers and crews as the regatta progressed. An obligatory AXΩ sailor-sister photo was taken:
News Feed: Join CUST for Fall 2015
Calling all salty sea dogs and adventurous land lubbers: Sign up for the sailing team at the activities fair on Friday, September 11th from 12:00-4:00pm in Lerner! Our first official meeting is Monday, September 14th at 9:00pm in Hamilton 301. Keep your eyes peeled for these flyers posted around campus and feel free to email CUSTrecruiting@gmail.com with any questions!
News Feed: 2014-2015 MAISA All-Academic Sailing Team
Congratulations to Anna Quincy '15, Paolo Bertolotti '16, Michael Fagundo '18, and Adam DeVita '18 for making the 2014-2015 MAISA All-Academic Team!!! According to MAISA, "A total of 105 Athletes from 18 Schools were named to the team. The MAISA All-Academic Team recognizes collegiate sailors who excelled on and off the water. All Academic Team members must have a GPA of 3.5 or above and must have competed or been a reserve in at least 8 college sailing regattas over the course of the 2014-15 season. The cumulative GPA of the team is 3.689." Anna and Paolo were also awarded the 2014-2015 ICSA All-Academic Team honor back in July. Go CUST!
News Feed: Fall 2015 Pre-Season Update
Columbia Sailing is excited to introduce Lauren Bednarz as the new head coach! We hope you take the oppurtunity to meet her during our Alumni Weekend happening September 12th - 13th! Read her bio posted on http://www.columbiasailing.org/mainsheet