Past racing seasons

2012 Racing

In 2012, members of the Nahant Sailing Program competed in the following regattas:

USODA Team Trials, Brant Beach, NJ(June 11+12):

Conditions: wide variety over 4 days: from low & shifty winds with rain, to sustained winds around 30kn with gusts up to 37kn, to sunny and moderate conditions. A truly challenging regatta with the best 190 sailors from all over the US.



Nick Kersten - red, 128

Newport Youth Challenge, Newport, RI (June 23+24):

Conditions: low winds in the morning turned into a nice sea breeze in the middle of the day. Strong current against the wind.

Very close cooperation with the America's Cup World Series made this a very memorable event. Sailors were assigned to the various AC teams and met with the team after the race for an up close interview and to check out the catamarans.

On Sunday all had a chance to look at the original America's Cup (with bodyguards) and take photos of it. Can you find Nick and Max in this official AC video?


Participants: 79 - online results

Nick Kersten - red, 27

Max Carbone - red, 57 (only raced on Sat)

Linda Wieditz Regatta, Rockport, MA (July 6):

Conditions: sunny with winds around 7kn



Nick Kersten - red,

Max Carbone - red,

Lauren Kersten - blue

Molly Frauenholz - green

Olivia Fulghum - green

Jasper Westhoven - green

NBJR,New Bedford, MA (July 7+8):

Conditions: Sunny with winds around 5-8kn


Participants:100 (83 Championship, 17 Green) - online results

Nick Kersten - red, 9th

2012 Hingham Bay Junior Regatta (July 19+20)

Conditions: Overcast (after a day with very heavy thunderstorms), low winds from NNe 5-8kn


Participants:101 (63 Championship, 38 Green) - online results

Nick Kersten - red, 2nd

Max Carbone - red, 8th

Lauren Kersten - blue, 43rd

Jasper Westhoven - green, 2nd

2012 Duxbury Bay Junior Regatta (July 21+22)

Conditions: Sunny with winds from NNE 5-8kn and S 10kn on Sunday - perfect sailing conditions


Participants:25 (4 white, 12 blue 9 red in Championship, 16 Green) - online results

Nick Kersten - red, 1st

Max Carbone - red, 4th

Lauren Kersten - blue 8th in blue

Jasper Westhoven - blue, 9th in blue

2012 Marblehead Junior Race Week (July 23-25)

Conditions: Sunny various winds with early end on Tue due to Thunderstorms


Participants:141 (69 Championship, 72 Green) - online results

Jasper Westhoven - blue, 34 overall

Lauren Kersten - blue 52 overall


Participants:80 (45 Championship, 35 Green) - online results

Olivia Aswad/Olivia Cooke- Championship, 34 overall

Lydia Antrim/Sara Martin - Championship 42 overall

Austin Gillespie/Mark Kamen - Championship 44 overall

2012 USODA Optimist Nationals, Sandusky, OH (July 26-29)


Participants: White Fleet (44), Green Fleet (40), Blue Fleet (126), Red Fleet (107) Total: 317

Nick Kersten - 44 in red, 83 overall

Scituate Junior Regatta, Scituate, MA(Aug 6+7)


Participants:70 - online results

Olivia Aswad/Olivia Cooke- Championship, 51 overall

Lydia Antrim/Jake Whitlock- Championship 65 overall

Jake Baldwin/Christian Peterson - Championship 68 overall

2012 USODA New England Championships, Newport, RI (August 7-9)

Conditions: 3 days of southerly breeze building up throughout the day, very strong current


Participants: Championship: 321, Green Fleet: tbd - online results

Nick Kersten - 53 in red, 85 overall

2012 Mass Bay Junior Olympic Festival, Annisquam, MA (August 13-15 )

Conditions: 3 days of low winds with the 3rd day's races cancelled due to T-storms


Participants: Championship: 54 , Green Fleet: 28 - online results

Nick Kersten - 3 in red, 5 overall

Lauren Kersten - 52 overall

Tim Nerich - 8 in green


Participants: Championship: 50 , Green Fleet: 22 - online results

Lydia Antrim/Sara Martin - 34 overall

Ryan Frauenholz / Charles Ross - 21 in green

Connor Murphy / Dennis Maclone -22 in green

2012 USODA Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs), Little Egg Hbr, NJ (Octover 6+7)

Conditions: windy first day (15-20kn) with warm temperatures (75F), followed by a mid wind (5-12kn) day with low temperatures (55F). Excellent team racing day the day after ACC's directly in the harbor.


Participants: Championship: 242 , Green Fleet: tbd - online results

Nick Kersten - 70 overall

2012 Halloween Haul, Newport, RI (Octover 27+28)

Conditions: low winds on the first day, ie very nice fall sailing, followed by a very windy Sunday (caused by Hurrican Sandy)


Participants: 42 Championship: ,- online results

Nick Kersten - 5

Jasper Westhoven - 19

Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Miami, FL (December 27-30)

Conditions: 2 low wind days, followed by 2 mid wind days, warm water, lots of international competition.


Participants: Championship: 250 , Green Fleet: 85 - online results

Nick Kersten - 134 overall

2011 Racing

In 2011, members of the Nahant Sailing Program competed in the following regattas:

Newport Challenge, Newport, RI (June 11+12):

Conditions: very windy/rainy, challenging beginning for the season, strong competition


Participants:65 - Overall (30 red/ 26 blue/9 white)

Nick Kersten - blue

USODA Great Lakes Championships, Buffalo Canoe Club, Ridgeway, Ontario, CANADA:

Conditions: warm and very low winds on saturday, a little more breeze on sunday, first team trials qualifier in North East US, very strong competition


Participants: 94 - Overall (33 red/37 blue/11 white/12 green)

Nick Kersten - 52 Overall (blue 22)

Linda Wieditz Regatta, Rockport, MA: - online results / green: online results

Conditions: challenging low wind day with lots of current and wind shifts, overcast, rain in the early morning

Biggest showing of NSP at any regatta yet - 7 optis!! Nick wins blue fleet and ends up best non-local sailor overall !!


Participants: 59 - Overall (28 Championship/31 green)

Championship Fleet

Nick Kersten - 3 Overall (blue 1)

Max Carbone - 12 Overall (blue ?)

Julia Carbone - 24 Overall (white ?)

Green Fleet

Lauren Kersten - 5

Ryan Connolly - 16

Olivia Fulghum - 18

Mollie Frauenholz - 20

New Bedfort Junior Regatta, New Bedford, MA:

Conditions: sunny, initial low N winds fighting the southerly thermic winds, building in the afternoon. Lots of shifts on Sat, less shifts and more stable northerly on Sun. Long delays between races. Strong competition.


Participants: 70 overall in Championship (25 red/ 39 blue/6 white) , 21 in Green Fleet - online results

Nick Kersten - 17 Overall (blue 4)

Max Carbone - 37 Overall (blue 14)

Junior Olympics, Hingham, MA:

Conditions:great sailing, with wide range of conditions, low winds on Wed followed by Thunderstorms in the evening and over night. Strong winds (15-18kn) on Thu, follow by a low breeze on Fri that turned into perfect sailing conditions around noon.


Participants: - 76 Overall (58 Championship (), 18 Green) - online results

Nick Kersten - 4 Overall (blue 2)

Max Carbone - 42Overall (blue 24)

Lauren Kersten - green/white (only partially competed and changed fleets)


Lydia Antrim/Sarah Martin - green 18 out of 25 - online results

USODA New England Championships, Marion, MA:

Conditions:most likely the largest optimist event in America, 3 great days of sailing on Buzzard's Bay in a highly competitive fleet (3 of the top 5 US sailors participated etc). The fleet of roughly 300 championship boats split into divisions of 100 boats reach and managed to get 13 (!) race done.


Participants: - 320 Overall (112 red, 141 blue, 42 white, 25 Green - online results

Nick Kersten - 77 Overall (blue 31)

Wood Trophy, MIT, MA:

60th Annual Walter 'Jack' Wood Trophy for the Mass Bay Midget Championship

Conditions: The 2011 Wood Trophy was held in light ESE winds that held up until thunderstorms came through at 2 pm after 6 races were completed. After that, the wind refused to fill enough to race.

Tech Dinghies:

Nick Kersten and Max Carbone represented the Nahant Sailing Program at the Mass Bay Midget Championship.

They finished 6th in a fleet of 13.

CORK - Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston, Kingston, ON:

Conditions: smaller fleet than in prior year, very shifty light winds, tricky sailing conditions at the Canadian Olympic Harbor used for the 1980 games.


Participants: - 86 Overall - online results

Nick Kersten - 36 Overall (blue 12)

Atlantic Coast Championships, Baltimore, MA (Sept 24+25):

Conditions: rain no no wind, no races possible in Championship fleet



Nick Kersten - blue