While en route to the Men’s Single-handed Elims on Sunday, the axle on the Crimson’s Laser trailer broke during an uphill climb, nearly causing an accident.
However, Coach Bern Noack’s quick reflexes and calm handling of the situation allowed him to guide both the van carrying the seamen and the damaged trailer to the side of the road.
With less than an hour until the scheduled start of the regatta, there was little time to wait for help to arrive. Rather than wait, the Crimson emptied all unnecessary items from its van—tires, dollies, even seats—in order to squeeze the boats inside.
The sailors loaded two of the boats inside the van and secured the third to the roof before taking off for the regatta, leaving what resembled a flea market in their wake.
After arriving at the race site, the Crimson’s fortunes finally began to look up.
The regatta is a qualifier for the New England Men’s Single-handed Elim, featuring 23 of the top Laser sailors in the region, each vying for a slot in the critical late-season meet.
The Crimson’s Laser sailors each rose to the occasion and turned in solid performances. Porter dominated the event, winning three of the six races and capturing the regatta’s overall title.
Porter overcame not only stiff competition but also damage to his boat’s hull resulting from the accident.
“I was just as fast as, or the fastest boat out there,” Porter said. “And you have to be consistent. These are relatively short courses compared to the ones that I’m used to.”
Co-captain Clay Bischoff turned in a solid performance and captured second behind Porter.
As a result of finishing in the top seven, both Porter and Bischoff earned entry into the New England Men’s Single-handed Elim.
Junior John Mulcahy finished in twelfth place.
On Sunday, the Crimson women were on the water in the President’s Invitational hosted by Boston University.
Despite uncooperative wind conditions, the team continued to build off the previous week’s achievements on the Charles.