Mendums Pond Invite


Sunday, April 28:

A fantastic day at Mendums! What a way to end the season. 11 teams arrived to a westerly that shifted to the NW, then W, then SW, and all over the place. Puff on, breeze up, auto tacks, a few capsizes, Ken Legler on the camera at critical junctures, plus an additional photographer from Emmanuel (I believe), several lulls and 3 LONG (intentionally) races per division made for a fabulous day. Wait till you see the pictures on the NEISA Facebook page. The course was to a top, mostly upwind, depending on the shift, starboard rounding, then to a long leg into the other end of the lake upwinds and reaches depending on the shift, again starboard rounding, down through the narrow slot between two islands - rule 19 anyone - to a leeward mark, starboard rounding again and a long reach to the pin then back to the top with a downwind finish. Teams that gained remembered to go down in the puffs and up in the lulls. Great tacking duels. Improvements by all, several new sailors out there adding to their fun factor.

Fleet inversions, especially in the slot between the two islands and several lead changes, all made for interesting legs. The task was keeping your eyes outside the boat, paying attention to the breeze and telltales; we had it all. As Ken said at the competitors meeting pay attention to the starboard rounding and auto tacks and everything else would be important. Boat handling at marks was important. Races averaged 30 minutes each.

Many thanks to Mass Maritime and Olin/Wellesley (also for their extras who got to sail with others) coaches for help in the RC boat and to Mary O’Hara from UNH who helped with scoring all day and took tons of videos. Hope we can upload a link to them to the NEISA list. Super thanks to Ken and the photographer from Emanuel for their photo work from a canoe - up close and personal during a crazy capsize. Thanks to all the Wildcats who both helped get boats and docks ready (we just got down to Mendums this week).

Congratulations to the BU Terriers who rocked the day with 5 bullets for first place. Reece’s well earned. Don’t forget to finish filling in your RP forms please everybody.

Score summary

1Boston UniversityTerriers538
4New HampshireWildcats 1111425
5Mass MaritimeBuccaneers141428
6New HampshireWildcats 2172239
9New HampshireWildcats 3312051
10U. Mass/ AmherstMinutemen292554
11U MaineBlack Bears303060

Score history

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