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Date Posted:10/23/2003,  1:00PM

Coaches Report- Oct. 23


COACHES REPORT

by Tom Sitzmann

Bowdoin Sailing continues to thrive as the Fall 2003 season passes the mid-way point. While many saw 2003-2004 as a rebuilding year, it is clear that our returning players, along with 8 new freshmen, are stepping up to the plate at key events. To their credit, although we are a less experienced team, we are not a 'rebuilding' one.

This past weekend, our Freshmen team sailed a great regatta and won the Freshman Series 6, held at Bowdoin. It came down to the last race, and both our A division team of Simon Bolmgren/Kate Hourihan and B-division team of Cotton Estes/Carolyn Chu won their final race to beat Tufts by one point!!!

Our Coed team is currently ranked 14th of 30 in NEISA, one up from the start of the season, and with 4 more 'points' events to go, our goal is to reach that coveted 13th overall ranking. This is a difficult step to make, as can be seen from the rankings; there is a big gap between the top 13 teams and the rest of the schools, but we feel moving up is achievable.

Our Women's team has experienced frustration this fall, missing two key events due to lack of wind. We are still a top-ten women's sailing team in NEISA, and have two very big weekends coming up. The team goal is to qualify for the ACC's at Old Dominion, so stay tuned!

On a bright note, Bowdoin currently leads the Eastern Series, which is a seven-regatta series, most often attended by USM, Bates, Colby, Tufts, Maine Maritime, and UNH. Our goal here is to win the series.

ALUMNI NOTES

- Alums, please visit: http://www.collegesailing.org/directory/individual/step1.asp and sign up as a Bowdoin Sailor. This will help us keep in touch!

- Homecoming is upon us, and so is the Alumni Regatta! Hope to see you there Saturday at 1100!!! I will be away myself at a regatta, but this event will be well-run by our current sailors. Please let me know if you plan to attend. Email is fine.

- BUY a Bowdoin Sailing Hat, or a Henri-Lloyd Bowdoin Sailing Jacket! Please call 207.865.2100 and place your order!!!!

BOATS

The larks are hanging tough through more and more use. This fall we will have hosted SEVEN events, more than ever before, and boat maintenance is now a routine part of our season. We also continue to sail our two Flying Juniors and our 420's, along with the lasers. A welcome addition has been Chris Adshead, who signed on with us as the assistant coach, also in charge of the boats and their upkeep.

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