by Zack Marks
A fleet of five teams came to Florida to compete for the Mendelblatt Team Race. The Mendelblatt is named after Frank Mendelblatt, father of Mark and David. Both were successful college sailors. Racing started around 10:00 with a light northwest breeze.
Mendelblatt Team Race 2013 - Winners with the trophy
A cold front passed over the area bringing cooler air and some rain. The breeze quickly built and by the end of the day there were gusts of up to 25 knots. It was more survival then team racing so the sailors were sent ashore around 3pm. 33 of the 50 scheduled races were completed. One protest was filed resulting in a DSQ for USF.
On Sunday the breeze was much lighter and shiftier. Puffs could be up to 15 knots and lulls could be down to seven. The breeze continued to shift from northeast to northwest, causing the mark boat to make constant corrections. All five round robins were completed. One protest was heard resulting in a DSQ for USF. Thanks to all the Tritons for their hard work and for getting races off quickly.
Congratulations to Stanford for coming across the country to win the Mendelblatt Trophy.