Wood Trophy Team Race (3/11-12)
Princeton Sailing traveled to Harvard this past weekend to compete in a team race against 9
NEISA conference competitors. Saturday brought a gusty north-easterly ranging from 8 to 20
knots with scattered flurries throughout the morning. The Tigers were challenged in the first race
going up against the number-one-ranked Harvard, who has yet to lose a team race this season.
Throughout the course of the day, the tigers would gain momentum challenging their varsity
competitors making each race harder than the last. In the final race of the day, Princeton faced
off against MIT engineers who are ranked 16th in the Country and had only lost to Harvard the
Coast Guard Academy so far… A fantastic start from the Tigers brought us to mark one in a
winning combination 1-3-6 with sailors Connor Mraz ‘23 and Berkely Yiu ‘25 leading the pack to
the turn at mark 2. A great mark trap from the Engineers at mark 3 passed our 3rd place boat
into the 4th position leaving us some ground to make up on the final upwind leg. Freshmen
Ossian Kamal ‘26 and Skylor Wong ‘26 broke free to the left around mark 4 and found pressure
and a port tack lift that launched them back into the front of the fleet giving the Tigers a 1-3-6
victory. Cold but sunny conditions on Sunday with an 8 knot north-easterly that clocked east
throughout the day as we finished up the regatta with a bottom 6 round robin. The Tigers took
down the varsity program Roger Williams Hawks in a 1-4-5 combination in the second race of
the day finishing off the event with a 2/12 record.
Results are not always reflective of the performance made by an athlete, and this weekend our
Tigers challenged each one of their varsity competitors in every race. The narrative of Princeton
Sailing has changed as well as boathouse chatter, we are no longer the easy race in a flight, we
are competitors, who capitalize on our opponents’ mistakes to deliver an unforgettable loss.
Next weekend Princeton Sailors travel to Washington College in Chestertown, MD for the WAC
TR against MAISA Competitors Navy, Georgetown, St.Marys, and more.