Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New England Team Race: March 15-16

Six dedicated Michigan Sailors skipped the St. Patrick's Day festivities and took the road for New London, CT to sail at the Southern New England Team Race March last weekend. After a twelve hour drive, we arrived at teammate Sophie Lucente's house just across the border in Rhode Island at around 2 a.m.  The next morning we awoke bright and early and drove to Connecticut College's sailing center only to find, for the first time UofM Sailing history, we were not only the first people there but an entire hour early.  We shook off the rust after a long absence from competitive team racing (Baseline Lake still has nearly two feet of ice) and ended the day with a huge win over Boston College, who were in first place at the time.

That night we had an awesome dinner at the Lucente's, attempted to study, and went to bed exhausted after a long day of sailing.  The next day we were in the bottom four and had some very competitive races with Boston University, Coast Guard, and Washington College.  Overall, everyone showed huge improvement over the course of the weekend as they slowly got their sea legs back and this season is sure to be a successful one once as we spend more time on the water. A huge thanks to the Lucente family for housing and feeding us all weekend!

-Thomas Etheridge, '16