The Stu Nelson Trophy was originally the Powder Puff Trophy, which was the first women's competition in college sailing. It was appropriately re-named after former MIT women's coach Stu Nelson. Stu was the women's varsity coach at MIT for 39 years and was ICSA's first full time women's coach. Stu did a tremendous job to promote women's sailing in New England and nationally. Stu is enjoying an active retirement windsurfing, ice boating, and skiing in New Hampshire.
12 races were held in each division. The conditions were tricky, with wind starting in the morning with a southerly that backed to an eventual West, Southwesterly zone. Temperatures were in the upper 60's making for a very pleasant mid-October day.
Thank you to Judges Jeff and Lianne Dusek and Jamie Ewing. Thank you to MIT undergrad scorers Keren Gu, Bruno Faviero, and David Perez and fleet support from MIT dockmaster Wally Corwin and dockstaff Phil and Kyle.
-Matt Lindblad MIT Co-Head Coach
A gorgeous west wind made for some ideal conditions with fairly steady oscillations. Matty Cohen was the PRO with assistance from Karen Benet and Theo Benet's assistance on the finish horn. Lots of rail to rail contact on the starting line was observed by judges Lianne and Jeff Dusek. If spins weren't initiated on the water, the hook was thrown in the room.
The BC Eagles dominated both divisions winning 13 of 36 races in the weekend over the consistent Jumbos from Tufts. Most races had very tight, overlapped finishes in both colorful fleets of FJs and the New Collegiate Firefly Dinghies.
|4||Dartmouth College||Big Green||147||93||240|
|5||Roger Williams University||Hawks||141||108||249|
|6||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Engineers||151||148||299|
|*||8||Bowdoin College||Polar Bears||156||163||319|
|*||9||Cornell University||Big Red||138||181||319|
|12||U. S. Naval Academy||Midshipmen||181||190||371|
|**||15||University of Rhode Island||Rams||267||208||475|
|17||University of Vermont||Catamounts||204||273||477|
|*||Number of high-place (1) finishes|
The following chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division, which may not represent the order in which the races were actually sailed.
The first place team as of a given race will always be at the top of the chart. The spacing from one team to the next shows relative gains/losses made from one race to the next. You may hover over the data points to display the total score as of that race.