WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team continued its strong season with a slew of events over the past two weekends. The No. 1 Georgetown coed team continued its strong start with wins at the Mid-Atlantic Sailing Association (MAISA) Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Naval Academy, as well as the Tom Curtis Regatta, a home event for the Blue & Gray. Georgetown managed four events the weekend before and the Hoyas took the top spot in a pair of events.
MAISA Match Racing Championship (September 30-October 1; Annapolis, Md.)
The format for the regatta, hosted by the Naval Academy, was a round robin among eight teams, with the top four based on win/loss records moving on to the semifinals. Saturday was quite breezy in Annapolis and the Hoyas were not at their best against some more experienced teams. However, with wins over GW, Cornell, SUNY Maritime and Fordham, Georgetown clinched the fourth spot for Sunday. The Hoyas were pitted against last year’s national runners up, Hobart and William Smith. In the best-of-three contest, Georgetown was outmatched in the first race and needed to win the next two to survive. In the second race, the Hoyas forced Hobart into a penalty in prestart action and were able to sail away for a convincing win. In the deciding final race and the winds a little lighter than the day before the Hoyas found their groove and easily took care of Hobart to advance to the Finals vs. No. 2-seeded Navy. The Hoyas once again dominated and easily won 2-0 over Navy to win the MAISA Match Race Championship and earn a berth to the National Championships in Charleston, S.C., on November 13-15. Sailing for the Hoyas were Roger Dorr, Jack Chrysler, Sean Segerblom and Meaghan MacRae.
Tom Curtis Regatta (September 30-October 1; Washington, D.C.)
The Hoyas hosted the Annual Tom Curtis Regatta on the Potomac River. Teams from GW, Navy, Old Dominion and St. Mary’s sailed seven races over two days. Saturday saw extreme winds ranging from 18-33 mph. Luckily the teams were very talented and racing was close. The Hoyas fielded four teams in the event. Will Logue and Caroline Teare won the day with 25 points while Jack Marshall and crews Andie Dahl and Grace Hanrahan ended up second for the day. Sunday saw light winds and only one race was able to be sailed before the wind died completely. In the end the GU teams finished first, second, 14th and 17th among the field of 20.
Tom Curtis Results
1. Will Logue/ Caroline Teare, Massimo Mazzolini
2. Jack Marshall / Andie Dahl (4 races), Grace Hanrahan (2 races), Noah Kellher / Isabelle Trimble
14. Marley Mais, Celine Bennett, Jack Hogan, Tori Davis, Yusuf Mallick
17. Carly Broussard, Virginia Valenti, Olivia Van Den Born, Preston Tso, Grant Ballesteros
Faye Bennet Trophy – MAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship (September 23-24; Annapolis, Md.)
Overall out of 18 (top 5 qualify for the national championship)
1. Lola Bushnell, 37 points
4. Carly Broussard, 56 points
5. Haddon Hughes, 56 points
6. Macey McCann, 60 points
8. Rose Edwards, 74 points
The Hoya women’s team competed against the top 18 women’s sailors from the Mid-Atlantic for a chance to qualify for the national championships Nov. 4-5 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Conditions in Annapolis made racing extremely difficult. Winds were very light and shifty and consistency was almost impossible. Lola Bushnell sailed a great event en route to the 11-point win. Carly Broussard did a great job as well and finished fourth. The battle for the fifth and final spot at nationals came down to Haddon Hughes, Macey McCann and Rose Edwards. Edwards and McCann had the early advantage but Hughes, the 2015 national champion, sailed her best in the final few races to secure the fifth and final spot at nationals.
South Qualifier (September 23-24; Norfolk, Va.)
1. Georgetown, 61
2. George Washington, 80
3. Old Dominion, 90
4. St. Mary’s, 92
5. Hampton, 100
The Georgetown coed team had a small but important event at Old Dominion. The South #1 is the regional qualifier for the conference doublehanded championship. The top four teams qualify for the championship and the regatta featured five teams ranked in the top 20 nationally. Luckily the conditions were ideal and the racing was fair. The Hoyas cruised to an easy win in both the A and B divisions.
The Hoyas sent their second team to compete against top teams from around the country at the St. Mary’s Interconference. The regatta was won by Dartmouth College. The Hoyas finished fifth overall. In A division, Will Logue and Jack Chrysler struggled for consistency in the light and shifty winds and ended up 10th overall. In B division, Andy Reiter and Claire Mohun sailed their best college regatta to date and won their division by 13 points.
Navy Laser Eliminator (September 23-24; Annapolis, Md.)
The final regatta of the weekend took place at the Naval Academy. It was the last qualifier for the MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship. Clay Broussard sailed a great event and finished fourth overall and qualified for the conference championship. Jack Hogan, sailing in his first collegiate event, sailed well but lacked the top finishes needed to make the championship and ended up in 15th.
The Hoyas return to action on October 7-8 as they travel to Annapolis, Md., for the Navy Fall Women’s Interconference Regatta and the MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.