The coed and women's sailing teams hit the road this weekend, traveling to Harvard and the Coast Guard Academy, respectively. The coed team took 14th in the New England Championship regatta, which Coach Frank Pizzo said was a learning experience filled with "trying moments."

Pizzo said he believed part of the challenge was the depth of the competition.

"A few more [coed] teams are really good," said Pizzo, comparing Bowdoin's coed prospects with the recent success of the women's team.

The women's team finished ninth at the highly competitive Coast Guard regatta. Lizzy Hamilton '15 and Isabel Low '13 highlighted the regatta by racing into sixth in the B division, while Bowdoin finished 10th in the A division with a rotation of crews sailing with Kaylee Schwitzer '15.

Featuring teams from all over the country, the meet served as an indicator of the Polar Bear's competitive standing for the forthcoming New England and possibly national championships.

Next weekend, the coed team will travel to Roger Williams for the Staake Team Race Trophy. The top two teams at the regatta qualify for the Team Race Championships at MIT.

Despite the past weekend's underwhelming performance, Pizzo said battling for one of the qualifying positions would be a realistic feat for Bowdoin, as the Polar Bears are "very even" with Salve Regina, the University of Vermont, and the University of Rhode Island.

The women will race in the Reed Trophy, their New England championship, where they will fight for a top-seven finish to qualify for nationals in Austin, Tex. Though Bowdoin has consistently ranked sixth or seventh among the 17 teams competing, Pizzo stressed the regatta's competiveness.

The Reed Trophy is held at Boston College, a windy venue that Pizzo said will favor a deep Bowdoin squad.

It will "put a premium on a really deep team with lots of crews that can substitute depending on breeze strength," he said.

Hamilton and Schwitzer—both first year skippers with years of sailing experience—will be new to the high caliber competition at the championship. Pizzo is confident they will be able to adjust to the more experienced opponents.

The upcoming regattas determine the remainder of the sailing season. Failing to qualify for the team race championship would bring the season to a close.

-Compiled by Clare McLaughlin.