Spring '97 Newsletter

Varsity Roundup
Women's Team Update
Princeton Sailing Heads South
1997 Officers
1997 Announcements
Sailing Team Alumni Bar-B-Q

Varsity Roundup

by Brandon Schwartz '97 and Frank Flannery '97

The Princeton Sailing team started the season with two team race regattas. Though the February air at St. Marys was warm enough to wear shorts, the Princeton gang was short two players -- Varsity A-division sailor Frank Flannery '97, and crew Jordan Parker '00. Despite desperate attempts, the three boat team (Brandon Schwartz '97/Andy Goodman '99, Chris Powers '97/Becca Coughlin '99, Mike Streicker '99/Amelia Brown '99) could not seem to win a single team race, due no doubt to the lack of a single practice this season (not unreasonable since it was Feb. 22nd).

The results of the following weekend at the Georgetown team race went only slightly better; Princeton (Schwartz/Goodman, Streicker/Brown, Mark Andrews '98/Jason Balich '00) won a race. But this time around there was much more fighting for position as successful team race tactics were employed. Princeton then hosted the Area B Team Race where the home team won every race and the regatta. By winning this the team qualified for the MAISA Team Race.

The next weekend Princeton sailed in the Admiral Moore trophy at New York Maritime Academy. The regatta, held on March 8th and 9th, represented one of the most competitive intersectionals of the year. Sailing in A division were Flannery and Parker. Princeton's B division sailors were Streicker and Brown. "It was a real learning experience. We discovered that our boat speed was subpar upwind, but that our boat handling was superb," said Parker.

The Owen trophy at Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy led Princeton to better results. Schwartz and Brown made an impressive showing, taking third in B-division among MAISA schools. His performance gave Princeton third place overall amongst MAISA schools. Flannery and Parker finished solidly in A-division, showing strong potential and blazing downwind boat speed. Then the team of Flannery and Parker in A and Streicker and Brown in B placed third in the Area BDingy Elims.

Stay tuned to Sailing World Magazine to see the results of our qualifiers for Nationals, MAISA Team Race April 5-6, and the America Trophy April 26-27.

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Women's Team Update

by Emily Kalkstein '98

The women's team has had an impressive spring season thus far. Having placed seventh in MAISA in this fall's MAISA Women's regatta, winning us a spot at the Atlantic Coast Championships in November, we expected similar competition this spring. However, our performance this season has pushed us ahead of our expectations.

As of the end of spring break, we have sailed in three women's regattas. Sailing down at Navy Women's Intersectional in early March were Emily Kalkstein '98 and Juliana Gamble '99 in A-division and Alison Aubrecht '97 and Meg Smith '98 in B-division. We placed fourth out of eight MAISA teams, placing us in front of Old Dominion, Queens, Cornell, and Hobart-William Smith. This fourth place finish was significant in that we qualified for Women's Nationals in 1995 in fourth at MAISA Women's that spring. Having lost Lisa Flannery '95, All-American, and Heidi Gaertner '95 to graduation, we had to fight our way back to the top of MAISA.

Sailing in heavy breeze at the St. Mary's Intersectional the weekend following the Navy regatta, we maintained a strong performance in an eighteen boat fleet. The next weekend, we hosted Princeton Women's at Raritan Yacht Club, with the B-division sailors stepping up to A-division, while Sarah Nestor '98 and Erica Just '99 sailed B-division. They sailed well, placing third overall, just barely edged out by Navy.

With the depth of women we have on our team, we look forward to the remainder of the season. We will be sailing up at Tufts in the Duplin Women's Intersectional the last weekend in March, followed by the Women's Dellenbaugh Intersectional at Brown, and then MAISA Women's down at Navy. With as strong a performance as we have had thus far, we are excited by the prospect of qualifying for Women's Nationals out in Portland, Oregon in late May again this year.

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Princeton Sailing Heads South

by Jason Balich '00

As I gazed at the sunset over a sea of sparkling diamonds, I closed my eyes and smiled--I felt like a million bucks--and who wouldn't? For I was in beautiful Palm Island, Florida, along with the vast majority of the sailing team, having the time of our lives. Each morning we would wake up to crystal skies, shimmering water, white sands, and plenty of wind; a panorama of sight, sounds, and smells all for the taking just outside our door. And we did take full advantage of the situation at hand, sailing a full six days in every condition possible in winds ranging from 5 to 25 knots and seas that varied from six foot ocean swells to the small ripples no bigger than the grains of sand that lined our beach. Unlike sailing out of our home port of Perth Amboy, it never rained and the air was warm, radiating with excitement.

We packed our bags and headed out caravan style, boats in tow, on the Friday before intersession, beginning the 24 hour trip to our island destination. As with any road trip so long, ours was not without mishap. The one near disaster of the southbound trip reared its ugly head early for our car that left later on Saturday, when their trailer decided it wasn't going to make it any farther, for the welds attaching the tongue seared off on the Delaware Turnpike. Thankfully, with the sole exception of the trailer itself, nothing or nobody was injured. Despite this, the trip went more or less uneventfully and we arrived exactly one day later in sailors heaven.

On Sunday we set up boats most of the morning and then took a leisurely sail in the afternoon heat and stocked up on food for the week, and oh the food we got! At the checkout lane of the local Food Lion, senior Alison Aubrecht and Mike Streicker '99 were mistaken for a local couple who had eight children--needless to say, the rumor was quickly dispelled, although Alison was reverently called "mom" the rest of the week. By noon the next day, everyone had arrived, including the car that got stranded with a boat in Delaware with no viable trailer, so we quickly hoped into the boats for an afternoon of light racing on the turquoise waters.

By Wednesday we settled into a daily habit of planing to hit the water by nine, but actually sleeping in until 10 am, having a light brunch, and then heading out. The wind remained steady around ten knots the first three days with flat waters, perfect conditions for practicing for the spring season. Despite a casual format (usually including a break for a few innings of baseball), the racing was intense, and "practice" usually lasted until sundown when everyone then raced to the hot tub to unwind before dinner, which in itself was a nightly adventure. Breaking the routine of school food, the self prepared meals seemed as if they came from professional chiefs--a welcome change. In addition, Wednesday brought officer elections, marking our one attempt at more serious endeavors.

Thursday brought with it two surprises. Andy Gooding, our coach for the past eight years took a break from his new job in California to join us on this side of the continent. Also, mother nature brought us the high winds and large waves in which our FJ's had no problem planing. Unfortunately the high winds did cause the one major medical accident of our stay when Meg Smith '98 was unexpectedly knocked on the head by the boom and violently thrown into the water. A quick response brought her in safely out of the water and to the nearby hospital where she was stitched up (three layers to be exact). But by the next day, her spirit was fine with no ill effects, except for a splitting headache.

But then it was over. The first car left on Friday to make the MAISA meeting on Saturday in D.C., and the rest of us checked out on Saturday afternoon leaving relaxed, with fond memories, and a killer tan. Little did we know the memories were only about to begin. The trip back for the last two cars was quite more trouble prone, for just as we made it to Tampa, not one hour into the journey, we realized that one of the trailers had lost its bearings and the wheel was sawing through the axial. After an attempt of a quick fix, it was quite apparent that major work would need to be done, and in an attempt to deliver at least half the people of their Monday classes, we split up: one car continuing, leaving the other to deal with the problem. However lady luck was not willing to be that kind. An hour after, in Orlando, the car that continued realized they were leaking gas, and had to spend the night, just a stone's throw from Disney. But eventually everyone made it home, although not for Monday's classes.

Here at Princeton, things don't change, but new traditions are begun. The same applies to the sailing team: our trek to Florida during intersession now appears to be an annual event, and there's no reason why it should not be.

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New Officers for 1997

Commodore: Emily Kalkstein '98
Regatta Captain: Mark Andrews '98
Treasurer: Jason Balich '00
Fleet Captain: Greg Davis '00
Practice Captain: Mike Streicker '99
Secretary: Jordan Parker '00

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Can you spare some floor? Every weekend Princeton sailors travel up and down the east coast to compete. Unfortunately traveling can take its toll on the pocketbook and a hotel room can be a heavy expense for a college student to bear. This is where you can help. We seek neither food nor beds. All we ask is a piece of floor on which to throw a sleeping bag. If you have a floor and would like to help support college sailing, please contact the team. (Note: While all floor offers are welcome, we would have a special place in our hearts for floors in Norfolk, Virginia).

We'd like to thank the Gambles, Balichs, Kalksteins and the Andrews for providing housing so far this spring, and the Palm Island Resort for our Florida Vacation. Also we'd like to thank Raritan Yacht Club which we call home.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? Yes, there was in fact a segment (very short) about Princeton Sailing in the Princeton Alumni Weekly. March 19, 1997 p. 28. Rumor is that the students may have positioned themselves to get a more substantial profile later this year. Keep a look out!

Unfortunately another recent PAW reported the passing of Bill Crow, '33. We were sorry to learn of his passing and wish the best to his family. Bill was one of Princeton's earliest collegiate sailors. When I was an undergraduate in the early 80's, Bill gave me a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of early Princeton Sailing successes. I have that scrapbook today and will try to reproduce items in future newsletters.

SAMPLE: Daily Princetonian Notice from March 4, 1928: YACHT CLUB TO SPONSOR TALK: Mr. Sam Weatherall, associate editor of Yachting, and well known yachtsman, is to speak to the newly formed Yacht Club on Tuesday, time and place to be announced. Besides his connection with yachting through the magazine, Mr. Weatherall, sailing Star-class boats, is a consistent winner. He has frequently sailed with Alden in the Bermuda races. This talk is the first in a series which the Yacht Club will sponsor to further interest in the sport at Princeton.

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Sailing Team Alumni Bar-B-Q

Reunions Weekend
Friday, May 30th
11:00am - 5:00pm

Racing Starts at 2 p.m. at the Sailing Shed on Lake Carnegie. Take Nassau Street North about 2 to 3 miles from campus. Food and drink provided.

Contact Emily Kalkstein at (609) 258-8427