Day one of the Reed Trophy was just about as difficult as it can be. The first several races were run in a northwesterly that shifted as much as sixty degrees. Several starts were abandoned and races were called back. After three races in each division, the competitors were sent to shore to wait for things to improve. Racing resumed again around 2:15 in similar conditions with bigger shifts. The Race Committee, lead by John Storck III, chased the breeze and made a lot of great decisions about which races were keepers and which were not. Finally a sea breeze filled and the course was moved accordingly. Then the northerly came back just before the RC was ready to go and the course had to be moved again. One or two races were completed in the last bit of north flow before the sea breeze finally did push all the way into the river for the final few races of the day.
All courses were W4s. There were no protests and only one yellow flag.
The first B-Division race will be at 10am tomorrow. Competitors will switch fleets. B-Division will sail FJs and A-Division will sail 420s.
Unfortunately, Sunday was much of the same. Despite a more promising forecast, a northerly flow that ranged from west-northwest to northeast prevailed over the thermal for most of the day. Massive unpredictable shifts were the theme of the day, many of which forced abandonments and general recalls. Races 8B and 9A were completed somewhat early in the morning in a small window of race-able breeze. Race 10A was squeezed in slightly later in the day in similar fashion. Race 9B proved to be quite difficult. The RC did a fantastic job getting things set when it started to look good and did their very best to keep things square while boats were on the course. After seven abandonments and several general recalls, things were starting to look grim. Miraculously a sea breeze filled around 2:30 to allow the RC one more attempt. Although it did get fairly light as the fleet was rounding the gate, the breeze cooperated for the most part and we finally got that one in the books.
John Storck III lead a team of Coast Guard sailors on Race Committee, all of whom worked tirelessly to give the competitors the fairest racecourses possible. A huge thanks to John for volunteering his weekend to assist with our women's championship.
We had a great team of judges who were on the water all weekend and often assisted the PRO with difficult decisions. Sue Rielly was Chief Judge, with Martha Fortin, Tony Weiner, Solomon Tarlin, and Paula Grasberger. One protest was heard resulting in a DSQ.
Thank you to the Connecticut College Camels for providing a coach boat and to the Dartmouth Big Green for lending us a start box.
Congratulations to the Boston College Eagles who are the 2018 Women's New England Champions. Congratulations as well to all who will represent NEISA at the ICSA Sperry Women's National Championship Semi-Finals: Boston College, Yale University, US Coast Guard Academy, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Connecticut College, Harvard University, University of Rhode Island, and Tufts University.
|*||3||U. S. Coast Guard Academy||Bears||45||65||110|
|5||Dartmouth College||Big Green||73||49||122|
|6||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Engineers||94||29||123|
|10||University of Rhode Island||Rams||65||108||173|
|12||Roger Williams University||Hawks||93||93||186|
|13||University of Vermont||Catamounts||87||115||202|
|14||Bowdoin College||Polar Bears||108||96||204|
|16||Salve Regina University||Seahawks||116||127||243|
|17||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Buccaneers||141||148||289|
|*||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.