First timers: Eastern

Between the twelve teams there are 96 sailors competing in this year’s Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. They are an illustrious and competitive group including numerous Collegiate All-Americans, who have sailed all over the U.S. and beyond. Every year we pull each of them aside in an attempt to get to know them better, and to find out what lurks beneath their steely racing exteriors.

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This is Eastern’s first outing at Baldwin Cup. But with this Marblehead, Massachusetts based yacht club’s resilient history, the clubhouse survived a fire last fall, we have little doubt that Eastern Yacht Club will make big moves at their freshman appearance:

Skipper Alden “Legs Feed The Wolf” Reid

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Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Bedford, MA and Boston College

What did you learn to sail in? Technical Dinghies

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Squats, lots of squats

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Don’t Screw Your Crew

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? So this 4 on 4 thing, are you providing a cheat sheet?

How have you trained for this regatta? Spent time working on our cliches for the post-race interviews:
[Editors’s note: Now go youtube Bull Durham and Cliches]

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? $0.25 beers, because once they hit your lips, they taste so good…

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? See above, 25¢ beers will be hard to recover from

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We spent the last 364 days toughening up…

Crew Tim “His Guyness” Guy

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Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Boston and Dartmouth

What did you learn to sail in? The blue laser

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Training?

Sail with a significant other? Sounds like a bad idea

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Foiling catamarans, right?

How have you trained for this regatta? Went skiing for 12 weekends!

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Is there really a band?

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Hopefully not ourselves!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Sheer luck.

Skipper Larry “LarBob” Ehrhardt

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Marblehead, MA and Yale

What did you learn to sail in? Blue Jays and 420s

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Walk across the street. With three kids, most sailing is done locally!

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Patience

How have you trained for this regatta? Looked at where Newport Harbor is on the map.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? All the teams are good

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We’ll see.

Crew Gretchen “Boombox” Curtis

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Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Boston, MA and Tufts University

What did you learn to sail in? Optis

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Blue Moons at the bar

Sail with a significant other? Significant other, who needs one of those?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? We all get to pretend we’re back in college for the weekend.

How have you trained for this regatta? This winter was the “resting” phase.

Favorite Baldwin Cup momentI’m most excited about the fact that it’s not snowing in California right now.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? I’m looking out for anyone with the last name of Potts—those kids are trouble.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? The regatta or the party?

Skipper Matt “Boombox” Hooks

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Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Marblehead, MA and Stanford

What did you learn to sail in? Widgeons

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Waking up and procuring Mint Milanos

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The rivalries and camaraderie on and off the water.

How have you trained for this regatta? Collecting quarters and the Geoff Smith

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Getting invited! Hoping for some more this week…

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Harbor 20s

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Great question, we’ll get to work on that.

Crew Elizabeth “Beanie” Eissner

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Where are you from originally? Marblehead, MA

What did you learn to sail in? The mighty Widgeon!

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Check the weather. If it’s raining or snowing, beg someone else to take my place.

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Sail with a significant other? Significant other, who needs one of those?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Math

How have you trained for this regatta? Extensively.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? I hear there is no hiking. Sounds lovely.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? We respect all our competitors. We’re just taking this event one sailboat race at a time.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? How many points for crushing the party?

Skipper Alex “Cookie” Cook

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Marblehead, MA and Boston College

What did you learn to sail in? Napping in an Etchells spin bag as an infant, and Optimists

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual?

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song?

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Hardest part of 4-on-4 team racing is the math and rapidly changing addition problems.

How have you trained for this regatta? Hit the tanning bed. Got to get a base tan after a snowy Boston winter.

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? First time sailing the event. Looking forward to getting away from a still snowy and cold Boston.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? What’s a Harbor 20?

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup?
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Crew Chris “Remeiks” Remeika

Where are you from originally and where did you sail in college? Boston, MA and Boston College

What did you learn to sail in? Otpis, JY 15’s, 420s

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Stretch and hop in the boat

What’s your boat’s theme or fight song? I’m on a Boat [Editors’ note: we’ve gotten in trouble for posting this song before—go google it yourself!]

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Bigger groups from the yacht clubs competing

How have you trained for this regatta? Lot of Skiing

Favorite Baldwin Cup Moment? Being away from the New England Weather! I’ve heard it’s great place to sail

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Lot of great teams, we shall see.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Good Lord willing, all will work out

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