After a day’s sightseeing in Newport, Rhode Island, on Tuesday the team practised with Brown university. It was their first chance to sail in some breeze, and the team was looking good against a strong university side.
Wednesday brought the team to the University of Rhode Island, who have a fleet of FJs. The boats are quite similar to Fireflies so BUSA was looking quite strong in the team racing. A light wind day made their weight apparent – the Americans generally sail about 50-100 pounds per boat lighter than our team, which is comprised of 9 helms.
Thursday at Boston College was also windier (perhaps because it is underneath the final approach to Boston Logan airport) BUSA sailed in 420s against the team that they beat at Bowdoin.
On Friday, Mark, Chris Martin, Andy Cornah and Sam Carter travelled to Dartmouth to practice for the weekend’s event. The rest of the team were hosted by Tufts at Mystic Lake in Boston. This was our first chance to try team racing in Lasers, in preparation for next Friday’s trophy match at King’s Point.
At the weekend, BUSA will compete at Dartmouth, Boston University and Harvard before visiting Vermont, Connecticut College, and Columbia University next week