Saturday, March 30, 2013

Freshmen Icebreaker

Over the weekend of March 23rd and 24th, twelve members of the Michigan Sailing Team attended the Freshmen Icebreaker regatta, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.  Members of the Western Michigan University, Marquette University, and Miami University sailing teams also attended the regatta, which was exclusively for sailors in their freshman season. 
The team arrived on campus late Friday night and stayed with members of the Notre Dame Sailing Team in their dorm rooms.  The team then woke up early Saturday morning and made our way to Notre Dame’s boathouse on St. Joseph’s Lake, dining on a breakfast of bagels and shared coffees.  After rigging 420's for both of our teams, and at times using what little body heat we had to melt the ice off of the jib and main sheets, we took to the water.  Despite light, shifty winds and cold temperatures, our team members, some whom were skippering or crewing for the first time, performed admirably throughout the ten races.   
Sunday morning greeted us with even colder temperatures than Saturday as well as a light rain, but that didn’t stop us from completing two races in each division.  The Michigan Sailing Team finished with one team placing 5th and the other team placed 7th of 7 teams competing. Overall, the regatta was a wonderful way to start the season and excellent learning experience.  Thank you to the University of Notre Dame for hosting us, and go Blue! 
-Sarah Sloan '16