wraps up very successful season
Jennifer Laraia, STAFF
Although the number of regattas this season seemed
enormous only two months ago, the Bowdoin sailors are now putting away
their gear until the spring. While the season seemed to pass too quickly,
the team pulled off some great performances and gained valuable experience
in their sport. This season was one of transition, as Thomas Sitzmann
took over the reigns as head coach, and as a talented group of sophomores
moved into the forefront. First-years learned the ropes and demonstrated
great potential for future contribution to the team. The regattas of the
past few weekends mark the culmination of a productive season.
Bowdoin sailors were in top form Homecoming weekend
and did some showing off for visiting alumni when they hosted the True
North 5. It proved to be an exciting day, as Bowdoin had some great individual
First-year skipper Steve Lampert and crew Laura Hutton
'04 earned first place; unfortunately for Lampert, a Providence sailor
"did not see" his boat and put a large hole in the side. Oren Abeles '01
and crew Shaun Golding '01 took fourth place. Katy Adikes '04 and Max
Seaton '04 earned an impressive fifth place (this was also the first time
the pair competed together). Also, True North 5 marked Adikes's debut
as a skipper.
Skipper Ben Peterson '04 and Lizzy Jones '04 took seventh
place, and although Tufts captured first place in the regatta, Bowdoin
sailors had commendable individual performances.
At the New England Series, hosted by MIT, Bowdoin earned
fifth place with 100 points. Ryan Cauley '03 and Melanie Keene '03 sailed
in the A division and fought their way to a fifth place finish in their
division. Keene was happy with the team's day on the Charles: "Overall,
the sailing was very enjoyable, with fun competition and notable improvements
on everyone's part."
In the B division, C.W. Estoff '01 and Amy Titcomb
'04 earned a fourth place finish. Heather Honiss '03 went to the regatta
as a coach and was pleased with the team's performance. She noted that
the winds were inconsistent and that the favored side shifted from race
to race. "There were a few exceptions, but generally everyone's starts
were solid and tacks were fast," praised Honiss.
The Bowdoin sailors also performed well at the Oberg
Trophy at Harvard. Tyler Dunphy '03 and crew Ashley Anderson '03 sailed
in the A division; their 85 race points put them in eighth place in their
division. Skipper Allie Binkowski '03 and crew Francesca Whalen '03 sailed
to a seventh-place finish in the B division. Combined, the Bowdoin team
took eighth place. As this regatta had a very talented field of competitors,
Coach Tom Sitzmann said he was very pleased with their finish.
On October 27and 28, Bowdoin competed in the Schell
Trophy at MIT. This proved to be a tough regatta, as Bowdoin took 15th
place. Mitch O'Neill '01, Honiss '03, and Matt Peters '04 sailed in the
A division, while Dunphy '03, Laura Windecker '03, and Anderson '03 competed
in the B division. Bowdoin also sent a group to the Nickerson Trophy at
URI. There, two boats of first years took tenth place, and more importantly,
had a great learning experience. Lampert '04 and Hutton '04 took ninth
in the A division, while Adikes '04 and Max Seaton '04 placed thirteenth
in the B division. This past weekend, the sailors took second place in
the Invite at UNH. Dunphy and Anderson sailed in the A division, while
Kate Mendenhall '01 and Melissa Bailey '01 competed in the B division.
Bowdoin also competed at MIT, where the team captured
second place overall. Bridgid O'Connor '02 and Holly Noble '01 took fifth
place in the A division, while Abeles and Golding won the B division.
This past Saturday and Sunday, Bowdoin sent eight sailors to the Mike
Horn Trophy at Harvard. Bowdoin took sixth place overall and also had
some impressive individual performances. Binkowski and Whalen took fourth
place in the A division. Cauley and Keene earned sixth place in the B
division. Windecker and Titcomb sailed to a seventh place finish in the
C division. Lampert and Hutton came in fourth in the D division. Binkowski
commented: "Overall it was a fun regatta and a great learning experience."
scenic regatta on the water. (File Photo/Bowdoin Orient)