Truxtun Umsted at the US Naval Academy
For one of the team’s final regular season fall regattas, seven of us traveled to Annapolis, Maryland for the Truxtun Umsted Navy Fall Interconference. In addition to fun times carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds, we had a great time on the water. This is one of few regattas in which four separate fleets compete on the same course – FJs, Z420s, Laser full, and Laser radials. Saturday brought light, shifty wind and generally challenging conditions before shutting off completely after four races per fleet. Conditions were a bit better on Sunday with breeze building up to a max of twelve knots.
Lenox and Keen Butcher represented Penn in the radial and full rig Laser divisions. They both performed well over the weekend. Lenox finished 8th and Keen 13th in a very deep, competitive fleet. Nick Floyd and Laura Whelan started in A division until Joe LaForgia sailed the final four races. I sailed with Lucy Sergeant in B division for the duration of the event. Penn finished 15th overall at the event.
It was very productive and a lot of fun to have four boats out on the water at the same time and to hang out with the team when the wind shut off. I personally gained a lot of confidence in my speed and boat handling of FJs after a few rough races. I also learned a lot about sailing a trapezoid course, which I hadn’t yet encountered in my college sailing career. We all had a great time and are gearing up for the War Memorial in a few weeks!
Class of 2021