The Beaver Cup Regatta presented a great opportunity for the classes to interact and practice their sailing, and was entertaining for those who watched and cheered from the sides. Although RPI took home the trophy, Holy Cross and MIT/BU finished second and third respectively.
The weather conditions were far from ideal– with wind at 18 knots and 30-35 knot gusts; however all of the schools had great attitudes about getting out on the water and completing all the planned races. That being said, many midshipman capsized and fell into the river. The water was 44 degrees and even colder beneath the surface. The midshipman on the shore found it much more comical than those in the water.
MIDN Burns and Mule developed their barbecue skills by manning the grill and while receiving lots of tutelage from the Lieutenants on how to cook the perfect burger. Their first tries resulted in a couple of black hotdogs and burgers, but by the end of the regatta they had discovered the proper technique.
MIDN Litwin showed off his sailing skills and performed well in all his races. He also participated in the individual part of the competition, battling the elements alone. The wind alternated between little to no to wind and uncontrollable gusts, providing difficult conditions for all boats
All of the team races consisted of two-man teams sailing around buoys and fighting for the lead. RPI boats 12 and 13 dominated the first heat, taking first and second in both races. MIDN Litwin and Shaffer came in third for the first heat as the first BU/MIT boat to cross the finish line.
Overall, the event was fun, even with the weather, and fostered good relations and a sense of community between the three units. The BU midshipmen who attended were able to interact with the MIT side of the river allowing for friendships to be made between the classes but also the two battalions.
By MIDN Laura Palomo