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7 October 2018

Tough competition at the Susan Rogers Memorial

By Christina Black

From left to right: Maggie MacDonald, Kayla Simmons, Natalie Tanczak, Christina Black.
From left to right: Maggie MacDonald, Kayla Simmons, Natalie Tanczak, Christina Black.

Susan Rogers Memorial

The 2018 Susan Rogers Memorial regatta was sailed by Christina Black (’19) and Kayla Simmons (’19) in A Fleet, and Natalie Tanczak (’19) and Maggie MacDonald (’22) in B Fleet. Cornell ran a combined division event with 16 boats on the start line.

On Saturday we arrived to a light southerly that was forecasted to build throughout the day. After the first start, racing was abandoned due to lightning and we were sent ashore just before the squall hit and the downpour started. We were delayed for about an hour and a half on land, launching again at 11:30am. Breeze was soft at first but quickly came back to where it was to start the day around 8kts.

The remainder of the day was partly sunny with winds ranging from 5-12kts out of the SSE. 12 races were sailed on Saturday. In general, we struggled with big fleet starting and finding clean lanes in the weather legs. The intensity of the other teams was mentally challenging over 4 3-race rotations on Saturday.

On Sunday, we showed up to a glassed off Cayuga Lake with overcast skies and misty fog lining the lake edge. An unexpected Northerly filled in quickly and we were racing by 10am. The breeze freshened up to a steady 15kts over the first two races. The 3rd and final race of the day saw the breeze soften up to about 6-8kts, but with the residual waves it made racing more tricky.

We were able to complete 15 races on the regatta, getting on the road by 12pm on Sunday. We have come home with a list of skills to work on moving forward, including big fleet starting and being more aggressive on the racecourse in general. Thanks to the Cornell Sailing Team for a great event. Honorable mention to Insomnia Cookies for fueling our drive home.

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