This past weekend, Maxwell Ryder, Steven Ho, Joe Farned, and I drove down to Chestertown Maryland for the Central Fall #2 regatta, hosted by Washington College. While most competing teams hailed from Maryland or Virginia, Philadelphia was well represented at the event, with teams from Drexel, Villanova, and Penn.
We arrived to the event a bit later than Coach Jack desired, but the first races ended up being delayed, as we waited for the wind to settle into the bay. Joe and I, having never sailed together before, used the time to practice a few tacks. After 11, we set out for the first race. The wind was shifty, and the current was strong, but we sailed a few good races. As a new sailor, this was a great opportunity for me to learn a lot. With a lot of help from Joe and Coach Jack, I left day 1 feeling much more confident and knowledgeable. Steven and Max, although described as sailing a ‘very heavy boat,’ did equally well. We concluded day 1 in 11th place with high hopes for the next day. After some Mexican food and a few rounds of virtual training on SailX, we all hit the sack.
Day 2 brought pleasant weather and overall lighter, but still shifty, winds. We were able to begin racing much sooner. Both teams performed more consistently on the second day, and we were able to finish in 8th place. Overall, it was great weekend, and I am thankful that I could take part.
Check out our results here – http://scores.collegesailing.org/f13/central-fall-2/
-Christina Atterbury ‘15