The 2018 NE Match Racing Champs for the Larry White Trophy was co-hosted by MIT and the Corinthian YC in Marblehead, MA. Sonars and sails were supplied by Corinthian YC and Eastern YC and umpire and RC boats were all supplied by Corinthian YC. Commodore Rob Howie was on hand to welcome the competitors at the opening meeting and viewing racing aboard CYC treasurer Ken Taylor's boat, who generously welcomed competitors to use his boat's head throughout the day.
PRO Bill Canfield led an excellent team of RC volunteers including John Todd and Mark Luckes on the signal boat and Mark Toso and Dan Himes on the markset boat. Bosuns Tommy Tompkins and regatta co-chair Joe Fava were busy all day fixing the many broken parts in the fleet.
A huge thank you to chief umpire John Moulthrop and the strong team of umpires including John Pratt, Evan Cooke, Ian Storcke, Bobby Savoie, Peter Bailey and Nick Sertl who put in a very long day on the water in soggy and raw conditions.
Racing began in rainy conditions with a strong westerly averaging in the mid teens and the entire opening round robin was completed with BC remaining undefeated. The wind tapered as the sun set and 1.5 flights of the quarter finals were completed.
Format for tomorrow will be to complete the quarter finals, semi finals and finals with a sail off series for 5th-8th placings.
Matt Lindblad MIT Sailing
Sunday's conditions were sunny and brisk westerly wind around 10knots shifting left into the SW as the day went on but with big oscillations throughout the racing.
A huge thank you to CYC waterfront staff including dockmaster Jack Carney, assistant dockmaster Roger Hastings and the rest of the staff for their help in prepping sail and powerboats, fixing broken boats, and helping competitors and RC in countless ways during the weekend as well throughout the weeks leading up to the event.
Again, a huge thank you to PRO Bill Canfield and the excellent team of RC volunteers including John Todd and Mark Luckes on the signal boat and Mark Toso and Dan Himes on the mark-set boat. Bosuns Tommy Tompkins and regatta co-chair Joe Fava had a much easier day as the boats required very little troubleshooting.
The umpire team of chief umpire John Moulthrop, John Pratt, Evan Cooke, Ian Storcke, Bobby Savoie, Peter Bailey and Nick Sertl again kept racing fun and fair throughout the day.
Thank you to Commodore Rob Howie who on hand to help award the trophies to the competitors and thank you gifts to the volunteers.
Quarterfinal racing wrapped with #1 seed BC advancing 2-0 vs #8 Northeastern, #4 Brown advancing 2-0 vs #5 Tufts, #6 Dartmouth advancing 2-1 vs #3 Yale, #2 Bowdoin advancing 2-1 vs #7 MIT.
Semi-final action saw BC going 3-0 vs Brown and Dartmouth and Bowdoin going a full 5 races to see Dartmouth win 3-2 to advance to the finals (and secure a berth to nationals). In the petit-finals, Bowdoin defeated Brown 2-1. In the finals, Dartmouth handed BC their first loss of the regatta in the opening flight with BC winning the 2nd race to set up a 3rd and deciding match. Dartmouth won a close race to win the 2018 New England Championships. Congratulations to Dartmouth and BC who advance to Nationals at Balboa YC in November. Final Results 1. Dartmouth 2. Boston College 3. Bowdoin 4. Brown 5. Yale 6. Northeastern 7. MIT 8. Tufts