June 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team finished second at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) / Gill Coed National Championships on Tampa Bay out of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Windy and wavy conditions made for fast paced racing on the final day. College of Charleston led the charge all three days of the event and won the national title with 215 points followed by Georgetown with 235.
On the final day competitors hit the water for the first race at 9:45 a.m. The wind was already up to about 18 knots blowing from the east. It was windier and choppier conditions than the previous day. It was another warm day with temperatures in the 80s.
Eight races total, four in each division, were completed making the event total 18 races in both A and B divisions. College of Charleston was hot out of the gate and won the first race of the day in A division. Both divisions sailed well for Charleston and finished in the top of the pack in all the races today.
Georgetown University won the Oxford University Trophy, awarded to the second place team in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. The Oxford University Yacht Club team and its captain Jeremy Thomas presented this trophy in 1954 on the occasion of the first of a continuing series of college regattas between British and North American teams held alternately in the United States and Great Britain every two years.
Georgetown sailed a consistent regatta. The Hoyas maintained their second place position following the second day's racing. Going into the final day, the Blue & Gray was 16 points behind Charleston. After the first race they had lost some points against the Cougars in A division, but had gained a lot in B division. They were hoping Charleston might make a mistake to help give them an edge.
"Charleston was hard to beat in the conditions today," Head Coach Mike Callahan said following the races. "If the winds had been lighter, maybe it would have been different."
Due to the strong winds Georgetown ended up implementing lineups of student-athletes who had never sailed together before to get the proper weight and strength combinations in the boats.
Sailing for Georgetown was Chris Barnard with Katia DaSilva, Hilary Kenyon, Leslie Cowen, Sean Golden and Daniel Eichler in A division and Nevin Snow with Victoria Lynch, Nancy Hagood and Sean Golden in B division.
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