Maine Maritime Academy sailing wrapped up their fall season this past weekend at the New England Dinghy Tournament, hosted by University of New Hampshire at Boston University, placing sixth overall.
After a full fall season, Mariners sailing fell just short of qualifying for the Schell, which is the Fall Championship for the top-18 teams in New England.
The Mariners sent an all-freshman crew of sailors Sean Caulfield, Max Hart, Ben Jacobs, Gavin Kent, and Esteban Garcia represented the Mariners at the tournament. Sailing on Saturday was typical for the Charles River, with winds ranging from 0-8 knots, from all over the compass. The tricky conditions rewarded patience, good boat handling, and an ability to detect the breeze. Hart and Jacobs found success in these conditions, sixth and third in the 18-boat fleet.
Sunday felt much more autumn like with torrential rains and winds ranging from 10-20 knots. Sailing in this breeze on the Charles River means many more shifts and puffs, favoring sailors who can react quickly to the conditions, and can keep their boat upright. Preferring the heavier wind, Caulfield and Kent scored finishes of seventh and sixth place.
This concludes the Mariners fall portion of the 2019-2020 schedule, with races beginning again in February, before the Spring starts up in March.