Princeton Sailing traveled to the beautiful Toms River Yacht Club to compete in the Ocean County Spring Open against a field of MAISA club and varsity competitors. The conditions on Saturday were crisp with temperatures in the mid-50s and a gusty North-Easaterly coming straight over the club. Shifty conditions made for exciting sailing with competitors tacking back and forth up the race course to stay in phase, a busy day for our crews Kate Feiner ‘26 and Sammy Doniger ‘25 spotting puffs and shifts and guiding the Tiger skippers through the upwind legs. Although essential to stay tactically in touch, boat speed was the defining factor for every race winner. Princeton Sailings B boat manned by Eddie O’Keefe ‘25 and Sammy Doniger ‘25 executed their roles perfectly in race 3 putting the fleet nearly half a leg behind them by the time they crossed the finish line.
Sunday brought similar conditions, but with blue skies overhead making for champagne conditions for all competitors, coaches, and spectators. Princeton Sailing made some swaps to get freshman skippers Evelyn Walsh ‘26 and William Roberts ‘26 more competitive rotations before the close of the 2023 spring season. The Tigers finished off the regatta strong with 5 races in A and B fleet to make for a 14-race regatta. A well-run event at a beautiful venue has the Tigers eager to return in Spring 2024. Watch next week as Princeton Sailing competes at the Grant Trophy hosted by SUNY Stony Brook for its spot in this years America Trophy Co-Ed Conference Championship.