Princeton Sailing traveled to Newport News, Virginia to compete in the Hanbury Trophy against 14 teams from both MAISA and SAISA conferences. Coach Fraser has had this event circled on the calendar as a great opportunity to showcase the program’s competitive growth as varsity competitors Washington College, Christopher Newport, Eckerd College, and North Carolina State would all be in attendance.
Saturday’s conditions brought a building southerly breeze that would average out around 15 knots, prime sailing conditions for the two well-practiced Princeton Sailing teams. A long day of racing with 10 races for both A and B fleets would leave Princeton in Second place ready to pounce on North Carolina State come Sunday morning. The conditions on Sunday started slow but would eventually settle into a 15-knot Northerly. With 4 races left to go Princeton Tigers Orange Trailed North Carolina State Wolfpack by 3 points. After a nailbiting first set the Tigers would fall back to trail by 7, a surmountable margin with 2 races left in the regatta. But after clutch performances from Sailors Mraz ‘23, Fiener ’26, Green ‘24, and Cobbs ‘25, Princeton Tigers would claim victory in the last moments of the regatta, defeating North Carolina by 16 points!
The Tigers look to keep that taste of victory in their mouth next weekend at their home event, The Princeton Spring Open! Be sure to follow along through the month of April as Princeton Sailors travel to Boston, St Mary’s City, and Kings Point.