Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta 2011 in Larchmont, NY

The 2011 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta in Larchmont, NY, featured 47 teams from 39 schools making this regatta the largest collegiate regatta in the world! The Michigan Sailing Team sent 9 sailors (Amanda Baker, Sammy Barbour, Liz Smith, David Oliver, Chris Oliver, Tanner Depriest, Kirsten Corneliussen, Mike Vittorio and Matt Graham) to represent the block M at this incredible regatta.  We were given the opportunity to sail Roger Widdman's Swan 42, Quintessence. We went for a practice day on Friday to get the feel for the boat and positions, and we were off racing on Saturday morning. Saturday was a great day, the wind started of decent, died a little but picked back up at the end of the day. (Typical for Long Island Sound, I'm told). Although we had line honors on two of the three races on Saturday, we ended with 4, 3, 5 for the day. Sunday we were greeted with glassy waters and no wind. They started us regardless and we took the lead, about to finish, they abandoned the race. We did not do any further racing on Sunday and finished 4th for the weekend! I'm really proud of our team and how well we raced, we really impressed everyone out there! GO BLUE!