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  • Season Recap - Whitney Davis ‘09

    Princeton University Sailing Team


    The Princeton Sailing Team arrived early to campus this Fall to get the boats up to Raritan Yacht Club and get some practice in before our first regatta of the season. Four veteran sailors headed up to the Cornell Fall Open before classes had even started. Princeton placed 12th

    out of 18 schools. The following weekend, Princeton took its

    first shot at qualifying for War at the Fall Central #1 regatta at Ocean County College. It was a sunny weekend with a steady breeze the first day but inconsistent winds the second which didn’t fair well with our sailors and unfortunately our finish of 7th out of 15 did not qualify us for War.

    The next weekend we had two regattas. One was the Coho Memorial at the Webb Insti- tute where we placed 3rd out of 7 teams. The other was the Maisa Clinic Regatta at Navy where our novice sailors finished an impressive 2nd out of 18 teams.

    The Philly Fleet Race was held the follow- ing week at UPenn where the current made starting a bit difficult and we finished 5th out of 7 teams. See Season Recap, page 7

    A Letter from the Commodore -Nick Burroughs ‘08

    See Commodore, page 3

    Princeton sailors avoiding typical obstacles during practice on Raritan Bay

    Newsletter Fall 2006

    For the first time in recent memory our season didn’t end at district championships. Instead our performance at the War Memorial Regatta qualified us for the Atlantic Coast Tourna- ment hosted by Salve Regina in Newport, RI. We didn’t do as well as we would’ve liked in the light, variable winds coming in 14th, but it was Princeton’s first time ever attending the regatta, which has been held as a runner-up to Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championships since 2002, and Princeton’s first time qualifying for any Atlantic Coast Championship since we attended Atlantic Coast Women’s in 2000.

    Princeton also had the opportunity to host Mosbacher-Knapp this fall for first time since 2000. We welcomed our fellow Ivy League schools to some classic Raritan Bay sailing Saturday morning with 15 knots of wind and plenty of current. While we were disappointed by our finishing places in the event, the regatta itself was a success. Raritan provided soup for the competitors at Saturday lunch to everyone’s delight, and many of Raritan Yacht Club’s mem- bers donated their boats and time, helping move marks, ferry around coaches, and bring sailors out to course for on-the-water rotations when the wind got light on Sunday. We also had jury of US Sailing certified judges who thankfully weren’t too overworked only having to hear one protest. All the other sailors enjoyed the event and we think we showed them what a great sailing site we have on Raritan Bay.

    Finally, for possibly the first time ever—if you know otherwise please write—Princeton will be attending the Rose Bowl Regatta hosted by USC. On the first weekend in January we’ll be

  • Sailing at Princeton Extends Summer Fun -Allison Tracy ‘10


    I suffered a little bit of a shock when I first fell in the water on Saturday of the King’s Point regatta and realized that the ocean wasn’t its usual tem- perature. My head went under before I knew what had happened, which is what I find happens to me a lot sailing downwind in high seas and heavy wind. It was far more shocking when we got going again and I realized that the wind went right through my spray top and numerous other layers of clothing.

    I never sailed during the school year, even though I do have a lot of experience from sailing during the summer months, so I was not able to fully appreciate wintry conditions before sailing at Princeton. Now I have had the privilege, and it hasn’t dampened my love for sailing at all. Although I wasn’t emotionally prepared, I could still walk away that day ready to come back for more. Almost immedi- ately after getting off the water I decided that I had actually had fun somewhere between the shivering and swimming. We hiked so hard that we warmed up and working to survive in a small boat is always pretty exciting. There are numerous other positive effects, like realizing that food has never tasted so good and that hot water is clearly a miracle.

    Another day like that would have been try- ing so I was glad to find that Sunday was milder. It was refreshing to be able to race with a new group of people that included a large number of really tal- ented sailors. It was on Sunday that I was really able to get a better sense of the flavor of college sailing as we all tried to play the shifts. The level of compe- tition was high among a small number of boats and the races were definitely invigorating.

    For three weeks before starting practice I had suffered in the claustrophobic forest of Princeton. I spend my summers in New Bedford where I am on the water every day teaching sailing, so the change was a little difficult. I knew that I wanted to sail when I got to campus so I sought out the sailing team and found myself traveling to Perth Amboy and acclimating myself to FJs. The first days of practice were beautiful and we stayed out until late in the evenings on Fridays. I began the pro- cess of teaching people how to sail, thus prolong- ing my summer job and the illusion that summer

    Above- Commodore Nick Burroughs ‘08 dem- onstrates capsizing during practice Below- Practice Captain Brandon Racusin ‘09 helps transport booms at the first practice of the season

    was still alive. Obviously this illusion ended with the colder weather. Still, I’ve really enjoyed the team so far. The learning curve is really high for the new sailors, even though I am comparing them to a group of nine-year-olds. The upperclassmen are pretty entertaining and always eager to spread the sailing fever.

    The spring season should be very interest- ing as I learn even more about college sailing and the personalities on the sailing team. I will spend the coming months preparing myself, looking for- ward to practice as well as regattas.

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    Knapp Trophy May Find a New Home in Collegiate Hall of Fame -Peter Jarow ‘08

    The team along with Coach Eric gather around on the dock at Raritan Yacht Club and get ready to go sailing

    The Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis may see a new addition to its trophy room. PUST is investigating donating the Knapp Trophy which was presented to the winner of the Big Three Dinghy Championship from 1949 until 1983, the last year of the regatta.

    The Knapp Trophy, discovered forgotten at Princeton, was named after Arthur Knapp, Jr. ’28 who was named a member of the Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame for competitive achieve- ment. The Big Three Dinghy Championship, which was between Princeton, Yale, and Harvard, was the first intercollegiate regatta ever held, and thus, the Knapp Trophy represents a pivotal moment in the history of intercollegiate sailing.

    The trophy features the burgees of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton in the top left corner and a model of an Interclub at the center. The rest of the plaque is covered with names of the winners of the regatta over the years. Many of the previous winners also were elected to the Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame and won all- American honors, and one Princeton winner would even go onto the Olympics. Notable Princeton winners include: William S. Cox, Jr. and Richard M. Rose in 1959, Carl I. Van Duyne in 1966 who would go on to compete in the 1968 Mexico Olympics, and Andrew L. Johnston in 1968.

    Originally displayed in the trophy case at Dillon, the trophy went missing for some time until a janitor discovered it in a storage closet at the prodding of Commodore Nick Burroughs ’08. The trophy will hopefully find a more fitting place in Annapolis where it can be appreciated and cared for along with other important relics of intercollegiate sailing.

    The donation is contingent upon Princeton restoring the trophy to its original status. Currently, the trophy is missing the hull and sails from the half-model of an Interclub on the plaque. The team is aware that our Friends group comprises several sailors who raced in

    the Big Three Regatta, and we are hopeful some of you may wish to contribute to our efforts to restore the trophy. If you would like to send a tax- deductible gift, please contact Nick Burroughs ’08, at: [email protected]

    Commodore, from page 1 facing some of the top teams in the country at the biggest (in terms of number of teams) college regatta of the year. However, Rose Bowl won’t be just another intersectional, but also an opportunity to recruit the top high-school sailors in California who will be sailing in the Rose Bowl’s high school fleets. We hope to come away with some top finishes, national exposure, and some of California’s top high school sailors. As covering the team’s expenses for travel on a trip like this can be a real challenge, we’d love to have alumni support for the trip. If you’d like your donation to go towards our trip to Rose Bowl and travel expenses for other regattas, please mark it travel.

    As always I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the team over the past season in any way. While we always love to get checks in the mail, housing at regattas, fans that come by to watch us sail and maybe even offer a few coaching tips, opportunities to teach sailing in the summer, invitations to crew on people’s boats, and all sorts of other support are always greatly appreciated.

    With all your support, we look forward to a successful spring season.

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    Graham Elliott ’01 and Ame