Sept. 25, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown sailing team split sites last weekend competing at the Mrs. Hurst Regatta in Hanover, N.H., and the Nevins Trophy at King's Point in Great Neck, N.Y. Georgetown, currently tabbed fourth in the coed national polls and eighth in the women's national rankings, finished sixth of 16 at Mrs. Hurst and seventh of 20 at Nevins Trophy.
The Hoyas women's team traveled to Dartmouth College to compete at the Mrs. Hurst Regatta which is the first women's intersectional of the fall season. Dartmouth sails on Lake Mascoma, a small lake in western New Hampshire, and was the first regatta to be sailed in the new LaserPerformance 420Z, a boat designed specifically for college sailing.
Under normal conditions, Mascoma is a tough place to sail with light and extremely shifty winds rolling down the hills around the lake. Saturday saw some weather rolling though which made the conditions quite good for racing with 10-20 mph winds from the SE over long courses.
The A division started in the 420z and the B division in FJ's. With boat fleets racing on the water at the same time, the regatta got in 10 races in each division on Saturday. The Hoyas started out well with Mary Kate Mezzetti and Elizabeth Mullarney consistently in top five in the A division. The sophomore duo led the division for part of the day. In the B division, Merritt Moran and Genevieve Burgoyne were equally impressive raking up top-five finishes.
As Saturday was winding down, the Hoyas were unable to hold on to their strong performances from earlier in the day. With some inconsistencies in racing, the Hoyas found themselves victim to a couple of capsizes that pushed the Blue & Gray out of the top three in both divisions and in a battle to stay in the top 10.
On Sunday, the condition on Mascoma returned to normal with really light winds and gigantic wind shifts. The conditions created a situation where if one didn't catch the first shift off the line, they could find themselves a half leg behind. Georgetown struggled in the beginning and dropped to eighth overall but a late charge in the A division brought the team to sixth overall (A division: 4th, 119 points; B division: 10th, 146 points). The Hoyas used some calculated personnel moves last weekend and this meet showcased a great starting point for the women's team.
The Nevins Trophy was the first coed intersectional of the year for the Hoyas. This regatta featured a deep field from all over the country and gave the Hoyas an idea about where they stand early in the season. Over the course of the weekend the Blue & Gray won more races than any other team but also had two on course side (OCS) calls on them and a few penalty turns. GU got in a lot of good sailing mixed in with some early season errors.
The A division saw Alex Post and crews Bettina Redway and John Andril do a solidly consistent job in a very deep fleet. In the B division, Sean Golden and crews Isabelle Tear and Isabelle Luzuriaga showed flashes of experience beyond their years but a few too many starting errors and penalties sprinkled throughout the regatta prevented the Hoyas from breaking into the top group. In the C division Greg Maritinez dominated the fleet on Sunday winning the last three races and notching top three finishes in his final seven races. Greg recorded one OCS in one race which added 21 points to his score.
A coaching decision gave normal A division sailor Nevin Snow the weekend off, allowing younger and less experienced sailors a chance to experience more competition. A seventh-place finish is a solid starting point for a young Blue & Gray swuad.
The Hoyas will return to action this weekend, Sept. 28-29, at the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Women's Singlehanded Championships hosted by the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Overall top 10 of 16 teams: 1. Yale, 2. Dartmouth, 3. Brown, 4. Coast Guard, 5. MIT, 6. Georgetown, 7. Roger Williams, 8. Harvard, 9. Bowdoin, 10. Boston College
Nevins Trophy (20 Teams)
A division: third, 75 points Alex Post / Bettina Redway / John Andril
B division: 10th, 106 points Sean Golden / Isabelle Tear, Isabelle Luzuriaga
C division: fifth, 60 points Greg Martinez
Overall top eight of 20 teams: 1. Stanford, 2. Harvard, 3. Charleston, 4. Yale, 5. Brown, 6. St. Mary's, 7. Georgetown, 8. Old Dominion