Princeton Spring Open
Princeton Sailing hosted 8 schools at their home venue Anchor Yacht Club for a fleet racing regatta this past weekend. The early forecast had many of us asking the question of whether we would be racing at all this weekend, but after a quick downpour Saturday morning, the skies opened up and a beautiful 15 knot south westerly filled in the Delaware River and made for a perfect day of racing! 6 races for both A and B fleets left Princeton sailing on top of Ivy League competitors from Columbia. Saturday had no shortage of highlights the one that trumped them all came from Bracklinn Williams ‘25 and Lucas Chen ‘26 in the final race of day one in the B fleet. After a starting position that would be better off forgotten, Bracklinn and Lucas would climb their way back to claim a bullet in the final race of the day capping off a fantastic day with an unforgettable finish. Sunday brought a North-Westerly breeze of 12 knots and cold weather along with it. Coach Fraser set up a shorter race course with more legs which made for tight racing with lots of action around the corners for competitors and spectators to enjoy. After completing 5 races for each fleet Princeton Sailing would finish atop the results table followed by Washington College, and Columbia. Tune in next week as Princeton Sailing competes in the Ocean County Spring Open in Toms River, NJ.
Connecticut Valley Dinghy Championship Trophy
Princeton Sailors Connor Mraz ‘23, Kate Feiner ‘26, Ossian Kamal ‘26, and Skylor Wong ‘26 traveled to New London, Connecticut to compete in a grade 3 NEISA conference fleet race. The regatta was hosted by the United States Coast Guard Academy fielding teams from both NEISA and MAISA Conferences. Sailors saw all sides of mother nature on Saturday with breeze and rain starting off at 25 knots, settling down into a 12-15 knot South-Westerly, and ultimately backing off to an 8 knot WSW breeze. Princeton Sailors would struggle to find a consistent beat on day 1 but after an hour-long discussion with Coach Fraser analyzing the day and race course, they felt confident and ready for day 2. Sunday Conditions brought more breeze making for another physically testing day of sailing. Sailors Mraz ‘23, and Feiner ‘26 found a rhythm on day 2 finishing 2-11-3-2. Freshman Sailors Kamal ‘26 and Wong ‘26 made corrections from day 1 posting better results but after capsizes in races 10 and 12 they would struggle to climb the
results table. This event can not be summarized by reading the results posted. Three freshman Tigers learned valuable lessons about a new venue that they will surely be returning to for years to come.
A Fantastic weekend for Princeton Sailing with 10 of our top 13 pairings hitting the water for competition in one weekend, A true testament to the depth of our roster thanks to Coach Fraser’s efforts to get more Tigers on the water!