This weekend the Bobcats competed at NE Dinghys, which is the qualifier for NE Champs next weekend at Brown. The top two teams advance to next weekend, and the top eight teams from Champs will compete at ICSA National Semifinals.
This weekend marked the return of the Bobcats' A driver Tom Holmberg '13 to the water, and he had the team fired up to compete. Tom was joined in A division by star freshman John Cappetta. In B division Edward Moan '14 and Katlyn Flynn '15 were reunited in the boat for the first time since the fall season. Sam Wells '15 was in attendance as a much-needed relief crew.
Saturday's conditions were harsh: A division began in 35 degree temperatures with winds gusting to 25 knots. The Bobcats had a slow start, and had a few early races that put them ten points back of Providence and Wesleyan after two sets. By the fourth set Bates was the only team that could challenge for one of the top two qualifying spots, but would need to win the day on Sunday to advance. After Moan and Flynn won their last race on Saturday, Tom finished with an impressive two point set to end the day.
On Sunday, conditions were more manageable, and competitors had only three sets left to finish the regatta. In A division Holmberg and Cappetta sailed another two point set, and the Bobcats impressively won six of the last ten races in the regatta. Unfortunately, the Bobcats' great sailing was too little too late and finished roughly ten points out of second place. Full scores here
Special thanks to Tess Dempsey for hosting the Bobcats in Newport. Congratulations to our friends at Providence and Wesleyan, and good luck next weekend at Champs! Thank you to Diana and the UNH squad that ran the event, and to Salve for hosting. Big thanks to Mike Horn for coaching this spring!
Edward Moan, after winning the last race of the regatta. His first ever victory in a Reece's Race! Quoted as saying "Teeth."
Two weeks ago, we sent a women's team down to BU. The journey down to Boston was a little bit tricky in itself. After a brief visit to the BU crew boathouse and a little small talk with the rowers, the team finally found the correct site (turns out it's on the other side of the river). Even though it was pretty breezy and very cold, Bates remained tough through the entire event. Skipper Rachel Pedersen '14 and crew Camille Cushman '16 held their own in A fleet despite the ice covering the main and jib sheets. First time ever skipper Katyln Flynn '15 and Michela Moscufo '16 stunned everyone with impressive finishes every race. The conditions would have been tough for anyone (15-20 knots on the Charles), but Katlyn pretty much just beamed the entire time as she beat boats. Pretty neat for a brand new skipper!
Complete results may be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s13/central-series-2-bu/
Huge thanks to BU for letting us use their boats, and to Northeastern for hosting. Also, thank you to Libby Egan '13 for lending out her car for the day. Most of all, big shout out to Michela's mom for bringing sandwiches and snacks!
It's a great day to be a bobcat!
The Bobcats had their first and only team race outing this weekend at Mass. Maritime Academy. With only five teams in attendance, competitors voted to finish three round robins on Saturday and finish the regatta. Bates started strong by defeating UNH (1-2-6) and Northeastern (1-2-4). After one round robin the Bobcats 2-2, and finished the regatta in 4th with a 5-7 record.
The Moscufo family, famous for their proud Easter-Egg-Decoration-off, graciously hosted the Bobcats this weekend. Thank you Moscufo family!
Representing Bates this weekend: John Cappetta '16, Tom Holmberg '13, Edward Moan '14, Sam Scribner '15, Mackenzie MacRae '16, Michela Moscufo '16, Katlyn Flynn '15.
The Bobcats won big at the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Regatta this fall! The regatta has a video contest in which every team gets a flip camera for one day, footage is compiled, and each team can make a video to submit. The winning team (that's us) gets a prize of $1500! Huge thanks to the Storm Trysail Foundation, Larchmont Yacht Club and all the event sponsors.
Here is the winning video:
This weekend the team got gussied up for the banquet to remember a fun and successful season. After a long day moving the FJ fleet back to campus and the infamous TP Challenge, sailors convened with coaches Mike Horn and Peter Garcia in town for team dinner. After dinner the team recognized sailors that went above and beyond the call of duty (on and off the water), and said a bittersweet goodbye to the coaches before the offseason.
After dinner the team reconvened on campus for elections. We are proud to welcome to the sailing team cabinet two new secretaries Ben Wilentz ('16) and Michela Moscufo ('16), as well as two new maintenance chairs: John Cappetta ('16) and Peter Novello ('16). We're also thrilled to have our treasurer Camilla Nivison ('14) and social chairs Geoff Ryder ('14) and William Fubini ('14) back for next year.
The team is proud to swear in two new captains / presidents of Bates Sailing. Sophomores Katlyn Flynn and Sam Wells are stepping up to fill departing captain Tommy Holmberg's shoes. Junior captain Eddie Moan is also returning to complete the first captain trifecta for Bates Sailing.
This past weekend the bobcats competed at the Schell at Brown. With hurricane Sandy knocking, we sailed in increasing breeze through sunday afternoon. In A division for the bobcats were captain Eddie Moan ('14) and his mighty crew Katlyn Flynn ('15). Representing Bates in B division were Samuel F. Scott Scribner ('15), and Camilla Nivison ('14). Beloved alternates Geoff Ryder ('14) and Connor Bair-Cucciaro ('1?) were there to keep the boats upright once the breeze picked up on Sunday.
For Eddie and Katlyn, this would be their first and last opportunity to sail at the Schell in A division, since senior Captain and A skipper Thomas J. Holmberg remained on campus this weekend to dominate the stage in his one-man show. They had a blast competing against some of the best sailors in the country, but I don't really remember how they did. Moving on to B division--Sam and Camilla / CBC competed valiantly in a very competitive fleet, pulling out some great races, and finishing Sunday racing with a fifth place! Nice work guys.
Congratulations to Bates Sailing on a great season! This weekend the bobcats are at MIT at the crews regatta and the no ringer. Reports on those to come...
Next weekend is our sailing banquet at which we elect some new captains and other officers!