Women sailors head to ACCs
With two regattas left in its 2001 schedule, the sailing team is winding
down after a successful season.
Most recently, the sailing team competed in the Horn Trophy Regatta at
Harvard University last weekend. It was a competitive race, with ten teams
in four different divisions. Eleven sailors competed for Bowdoin, and
the team took ninth place overall.
Steve Lampert '04 and Wright had the team's best finish, taking third
in the D division. Melanie Keene '02 skippered her first collegiate regatta,
sailing for Bowdoin in B division.
Shifty winds on the Charles River provided a formidable challenge to
team two weeks ago when Bowdoin competed in the NEISA (New England Intercollegiate
Sailing Association) Championships, also known as the Erwin Schell Trophy.
The coed team, racing at MIT, took 26th place of 28 schools.
Nineteen teams from New England showed up to race off Bethel Point. First
years Peiter Scheerlinch and Elliott Wright sailed for Bowdoin in the
A division, while Ed Briganti and Becca Bartlett sailed in the B division.
Overall, the first years had a solid regatta, placing 15th of 19.
The highlight of the weekend, however, was the women's performance. Racing
at the Victorian Coffee Urn Regatta at Harvard, the women placed sixth
The ACCs mark the first time that Bowdoin has progressed to non-sectional
event. The rankings that were released for the month of October ranked
the Bowdoin women as 12th in the nation. Since all sailing is Division
I, the sailors will compete against the best teams in the country in ACCs.
Coach Stizman will accompany the women to the Naval Academy this weekend,
bringing great home-court advantage because he coached the Academy's J24
sailing team before coming to Bowdoin.
The women hope that the week-long training completed at the Academy during
spring break will provide an advantage over other competing teams. Seventeen
schools will race in the regatta, and the Bowdoin women are looking for
a finish in the top ten. Good luck this weekend, sail fast!