The sailing team began what looks to be a promising season last weekend with impressive performances in competitive fleets.

Bowdoin sent sailors to four events from Rhode Island to Maine, all of which featured amicable conditions and tough competition.

Sailors at the Penobscot Bay Open at Maine Maritime Academy raced to a crucial second-place finish, beating out 15 other teams including nationally-ranked Dartmouth, Tufts and the Coast Guard Academy.

Peter Edmunds '14 and Mae Speight '13 won the two-day regatta's B division with a strong series of races on Saturday.

Captain Jeff Goodrich '12 and Clare Henry '12 sailed A division, placing third and qualifying for an important intersectional event, the Danmark Trophy, later this fall.

At the Toni Deutsch Trophy, hosted by MIT, the women's team of Katie Doble '13, Kim Dempsey '14, Kaylee Schwitzer '15 and Ayaka Okawa '14 finished a strong seventh in a 14-boat fleet.

First year Schwitzer had an impressive college sailing debut, skippering to a second-place finish in B fleet.

Four Polar Bear sailors traveled to Roger Williams University for the Mt. Hope Bay Invitational. Jimmy Rohman '13, Isabel Low '13, Madison Rex '14 and Tom Peabody '14 came out with a ninth-place finish, edging out the host team by just two points.

Bowdoin also sailed at the Tufts Central Series, finishing sixth out of eight.

"Our hard work during preseason paid off," said Goodrich.

-Compiled by Mae Speight and Alex Brown.