Temperatures in the 70s and a 8kt westerly breeze greeted sailors to the 2023 NE Fall Dinghy Tournament. Many sailors took advantage of the beautiful weather by wearing shorts and t shirts as temps climbed to nearly 80 degrees. With the heat, the westerly became slightly stronger and very puffy in the mid-afternoon with gusts reaching 22kts, resulting in 7 capsizes. Direction, although characteristically shifty for Mendum's Pond, maintained a fairly steady average direction with a slight and gradual trend to the right, requiring minimal course adjustments. That, combined with no general recalls, allowed two full 3-race sets to be completed before the looming sunset forced us to leave the beautiful conditions on the racecourse behind. Two protests were filed, resulting in one disqualification and one continuation. Remember to take your penalties at the time of the incident and avoid contact with other boats! Photos were being taken off of the RC boat and will be made available on the UNH Sailing Flickr account in the near future.
Thanks to the many Wildcat sailors who staffed this event and to Jared Reineke, Bentley Coach for offering to step up and be the PRO allowing UNH Coach to travel with her team to the Schell.
Please remember to fill out the RP form ASAP.
Clouds and a 3kt northerly breeze greeted sailors to much more typical fall temperatures at Mendum’s. A Division headed out to the racing area, but the breeze dropped to 1kt before completely shutting off. After 2 hours of hope, one attempt to set a course in a 4kt southerly breeze that didn’t hold long enough to start a race, and the arrival of light rain that didn’t have any breeze with it, racing was abandoned for the day. The race committee’s protest from yesterday’s racing was continued, resulting in two disqualifications under Rule 14. Thanks to all teams for being patient with this morning’s weather and for putting in a long day of great racing in yesterday’s stellar conditions.
Congratulations to Salve Regina, who won the NE Fall Tournament in fine fashion. To the UNH Sailing Team staff who spent the last two days keeping the regatta running, thank you. With the leadership of Steven Pelissier, the protest hearings were professionally managed.
Thanks again to Jared Reineck (misspelt last name yesterday), who did yeoman's work in whacky Mendums weather.
|Salve Regina University
|University of New Hampshire
|University of Massachusetts at Amherst
|Olin College of Engineering
|University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
|University of Connecticut
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.
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