USA Etchell Nationals, Miami
March 16th – 20th 2016
DUSC member and DUCAC Club Rep Jenny Andreasson received a last minute opportunity to be flown out to Miami and compete in the 2016 U.S. Etchell Nationals last month. The team was composed of 4 sailors, Jenny being the youngest and only girl replacing their usual 4th, an Argentinian Olympic Medallist who could not attend the event.
Day 1 began with an average first race while everyone found their feet. As the day went on the following two results were in the top 10, seeing them finish the first day in 9th place.
Day 2 saw tricky conditions with high wind speeds, but the team continued to climb the overall rankings to sit in 7th place going into the final day.
The final day had only one race, in significantly lighter and shiftier winds. The team played the shifts well, leading around the windward mark. Despite moments of nerves with 15 degree shifts, they led the race the whole way to the finish line, ending the series with a convincing win. They hoped that result would pull them up to 4th overall, however the points remained tight with the other leaders posting strong results to finish close behind them. Those other results meant they team ended the regatta 6th overall.
The team will go on to compete in the Etchell Worlds at the end of the summer and Jenny will continue to slot in as their 4th when needed.
Words: Jenny Andreasson
GP 14 World Championships, Barbados
March 26th - April 4th 2016
Strong Showing From Trinity Sailors
Barbados' Carlisle Bay, the venue for the 2016 GP14 World Championships, saw 106 boats representing 9 different nations in 6 days of near-perfect sailing conditions of blue skies and 20 knot winds.
The quality of the fleet was displayed throughout the regatta, with 10 closely fought races resulting in Irish sailor Shane McCarthy, a past student of Trinity College, being crowned eventual winner on the final day.
Current DUSC member Kevin Martyn was among the Irish competing at the event. Crewing for Norman Lee, the pair started the competition well, taking 10th in race 1 and following this up with a 6th in race 2 and a 30th in race 3. This left them in 9th overall going into the first layday on Wednesday.
Race 4 saw them return to form, picking up a 14th and helping them maintain their impressive position and move up to 2nd in the Silver Fleet. Rig trouble for Friday's racing left the pair in the 30s for the two races of the day, dropping them to 20th overall and 2nd in the silver fleet by Saturday's layday. Sunday saw another two disappointing finished in the 30s. Extremely shifty winds caught the majority of the fleet out, meaning the lake sailors thrived, while others were left stumped as their boats seemed to tack by themselves on the beats.
Going into the final day, Kevin and Norman sat in 24th overall and 3rd in the silver. A 26th and a 47th wasn't enough to hold onto a prize in the silver fleet unfortunately, getting pipped at the post and finishing up the event 26th overall, 5th out of the Irish and 4th in the Silver. It was a bitter finish to what was an exceptional start to the event, but having had the original goal of finishing in the top 30 and considering the relative lack of experience the pair had sailing together, and the quality of sailors they were competing with, the crew couldn't help but be more than content.
Words: Kevin Martyn