Date Posted:10/02/2002,  8:00AM

Fall Sailing Report #3

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College sailing team had mixed results last weekend with the highlight being another solid performance from the Womens team at the Presidents Trophy, hosted by Boston University. However, many younger team members, including several freshmen, gained valuable experience at varsity events.

According to Coach Sitzmann, "The Hood Trophy team faced big breeze on Saturday, and had difficulty with overall boat handling in challenging conditions. The team of Cauley/Wright continued to improve as a team and had several top 10 finishes. Unfortunately Sunday's lack of wind gave the Polar Bears little opportunity to come back, as only 4 races were sailed. At the Pen. Bay Open, again windy conditions overpowered a lightweight Bowdoin squad, and the heavier teams were able to excel. Our young team had several top 5 finishes at this varsity event, a good sign for the future, as our team consisted primarily of '06's and '05's. This is a great experience for our younger sailors which will only help them down the road."

"Looking at the final Presidents Trophy standings, one gets a clear sense of the level of competition, where every inch counts. Amazingly, places 6-9 were separated by only one point, and Bowdoin came out on top a 3-way tie, to end up in 6th overall. For a team ranked 8th in New England, this will only help our ranking. Great job!"

The Polar Bears will have another busy weekend ahead with the squad hosting an Eastern Series race at 9:30 on Saturday and Sunday.