The Rams were in lots of action just three days after the first practice with 5 events, three of which were trophy events. The coed team went down east to Maine Maritime in Castine Maine for the Penobscot Bay Open and the Harman Trophy. The PBO was a qualifier for the Danmark and the Harman was a qualifier for the New England Match Race Championships. Rachel Bryer/Hannah/Scanlon and Peter Girard/Kate Nota handled the A and B assignments. Conditions were very light Saturday and a bit better on Sunday. Rachel and Hannah were solid, but not overpowering in A while Peter and Kate were up and down. The squad ended up 5th, losing a tie breaker for 4th. Not good enough to qualify for the Danmark, but two places better than last year.
The Harman team was Matt Coughlin, Matt Wordell, Elizabeth Durgin and Cam Tougas. The event was sailed on Colgate 26s. On Saturday the Rams were good and bad with a 3,2 and a couple of penalty filled races. Sunday was another story and the team dominated the day with 1,1,2,6 finishes to finish 2nd for the event which qualified the team for the New England Match Race Champs which will be held in Ynglings at Salve Regina next month.
The women’s team, minus Rachel and Hannah, were at MIT for the Toni Deutsch. Sarah Hermus and Marisa Decollibus found themselves in A Division for the first time. After a slightly shaky start in Fireflies, they steadily improved, won the last race and finished a very impressive 3rd in A. B Division was in damage control before the start. Both Kim Morecraft and Julia Elson, the 3-4 skippers on the women’s team, were injured. Kim made a go of it, but wasn’t feeling great. Sophie Podlich backed her up and grabbed a solid finish to end the regatta. It was a brave effort. The team finished 9th overall, 3 places better than last year.
The Mt. Hope Invite at Roger Williams was the first test for freshman skippers Brendan Read, Dakota Northrup and Sam Rush. Junior crews Junior Sarah Morin, Fiona Christie and sophomore Jack Hurley added experience and skill to the squad and they ended 5th in the 18 team field, 3 places better than last year. Nice work! A Lark Invite at Tufts rounded out the weekend. Pat Isherwood/Ellis Havelock and Jimmy Gieseke/Ian Nannig represented the Rams. Jimmy is a sophomore, but was not on the team last year and Ian is a freshman, so this was the first event for both. The Mystic Lake is a tough place to start and they did fine, finishing 7th in the 16 boat combined division fleet. Pat and Ellis were 11th.
All in all, it was a solid first week for the team.