New Trier sent fourteen sailors to Culver, Indiana over the weekend for a training regatta in windy conditions. We rented the Ferrari of passenger vans with room for fifteen and lots of sailing gear, which made the trek out comfortable for the sailors as Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Broseman battled Friday afternoon traffic through Chicago. Culver provided housing in rustic cabins that weren’t too bad because of the warm weather. We ate breakfast in the Culver mess hall, rigged, and got ready to compete.
New Trier started with a first place in A fleet and B fleet, and the wind built throughout the day. Our team gave up a few places in race 2A by not passing through the leeward gate before finishing, which taught the team an important lesson to pay close attention to the sailing instructions. Garrett Cook ’20 and Sarah Trunsky ’21 memorably won both races in the second A fleet set. We had dinner off-campus and a relaxing evening.
Sunday was quite windy, especially for a small inland lake–gusts clocked to 29 knots. Although the wind was heavy, spirits remained high and New Trier posted excellent results. The key was a good start and a flat (and upright) boat. In the final tally New Trier placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 11th overall.