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Regatta Reports: Henry Luce Regatta 2016

Columbia Sailing competed that the Henry Luce regatta held at SUNY Maritime’s venue on the East River, a quick ride from our venue of City Island. Adam DeVita, Elizabeth Keeney, Calvin Tong, Bailey Fryer, and Nicholas Houchois competed in the weekend’s qualifying event. Given a combination of the strong currents, shifty breeze, and competitive teams, conditions throughout the weekend were certainly difficult. However, Columbia getting accustomed to the difficult conditions throughout the weekend put up a good fight, and placed 9th out of 18 boats, just short of qualifying for the upcoming War Regatta. Thank you Coach Conor Cashel for the great advice and encouragement throughout the weekend!



Regatta Reports: MAISA North Qualifiers

This weekend CUST made the trek up to Geneva, NY to compete at the MAISA North Fall Qualifiers hosted by Hobart and William Smith on Seneca Lake. Coach Conor Cashel, Adam DeVita, Elizabeth Keeney, Nicholas Houchois, Bailey Fryer, Calvin Tong, and Fernand Le Fèvre traveled to the charming Geneva for the weekend’s competition.


On Saturday morning A division headed out on the water in light breeze that quickly died. After an hour and a half of floating, the breeze picked up enough to get a set off. Shifty and variable breeze ranging in 4-14 knots from the North presented challenges throughout the day. After six races were completed in both the A and B division, CUST was standing in 7th place out of the fleet of 15 boats. Sunday, sailors waited until 1:30pm for breeze that never came -- though sad they weren’t able to sail, CUST sailors can’t complain about the opportunity to bond and catch some z’s in the sun on the shore of the beautiful Seneca Lake.


Finishing in the top 10, CUST moves on to the Luce Regatta qualifiers in a few weeks!



Regatta Reports: Old Dominion Spring Opener 2016

ODU Spring Opener 2016

This weekend CUST made the trek down to Virginia for Old Dominion University’s Spring Opener regatta. Paolo Bertolotti SEAS ‘16, Elizabeth Keeney BC ‘19, Adam DeVita CC ‘18, Luke Pelessone SEAS ‘18, and Fernand Le Fèvre GS ’17 left early Friday to make the journey to Norfolk, VA to sail Saturday and Sunday. Light and shifty breeze, that only began to pick up later on Sunday, called for some focused sailing of playing the shifts and good boat speed—and allowed heavy weight crew, Fernand Le Fèvre, to practice his coaching and pep talks on land. 


As the first time the team has been back on the water this season, a 7th place finish overall was a solid start to the season. The team is looking forward to working on more aggressive starts and cleaning up maneuvers on our practice Spring break trip to Florida next week. 

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News Feed: Fall 2015 Mainsheet

With the boats all tucked away for the winter and finals underway, we reflect on our fall season. Take a peek at the latest edition of the Mainsheet to read about what CUST was up to this season! Go to http://columbiasailing.org/mainsheet and click on the grey "download" button.

Regatta Reports: MAISA Club Championships 2015

MAISA Club Champs



Sailors: Paolo, Anna, Adam, Luke, Fernand

Location: Corinthian Yacht Club, Essington, PA.

Boat type: z420


Day 1

Wind: 4-5kts, built a bit but inconsistent throughout the day. Puffy.

Current: On and off, switched direction. Big factor when on, especially at the start.

Weather: Overcast

Course: W4, W5 (once)

Day Overview: Rough, inconsistent start to the day. More consistent, better, sailing as the day went on.


Day 2

Wind: 5-7kts, puffy. Died about mid-way through the day's second set.

Current: Strong, big factor.

Weather: Clear, 48 Fahrenheit.

Course: W4

Day Overview: Much better, more consistent, sailing. Unfortunately, the wind died, so A and B only got 1 full scored set each.



One thing to improve: Starts. Consistency. Dealing with strong current. Patience and committing to decisions.

One thing done well: Read puffs and shifts comparatively well. Despite a rough start, we were able to clear our heads and move on to have some good races as the regatta progressed.

Other trip highlights: Team road trips (...and team nap-time). Ice cream. Sailing z420s. Rolling up with matching water bottles.