Oct. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown sailing team split sites last weekend traveling to three sites for competition. The Hoyas put two sailors in the top six at the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Men's Singlehanded Championship, with Greg Martinez winning the event. At the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, the Blue & Gray won the event, qualifying for the Sailing Cup in Les Sables D'Olonne in late April. Finally, the women's team, tabbed seventh nationally, finished 10th at the Navy Fall Women's Intersectional.
The MAISA Men's Singlehanded Championships was on the of the more competitive laser regattas in recent history. The field was stacked with junior national champions and Olympic hopefuls. The regatta was sailed off of Greenbury Point in Annapolis, Md., in a strong NE wind, creating steep waves. Sophomore Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid), who is a member of the US Development Team, showed why he is considered one of the best laser sailors in the country.
With great technique downwind, passing boats while surfing waves, Martinez had a strong showing on Saturday, dominating the windy races. Martinez took advantage of the downwind opportunities where he could make up significant ground, up to 20 boat lengths in one run. Martinez opened Sunday's races in second place but started with an on course side (OCS) in the first race. The OCS forced Martinez to readjust his tactics and utilize a more conservative race plan so as to avoid any additional penalties. Martinez used sheer boat speed to pass other boats and finish in the top five in most races on Sunday. His steady performances helped Martinez edge out the field and win the 18-race event by four points, earning a berth at the Singlehanded National Championship in Newport, R.I., in November. Martinez registers the ninth Hoya win in this event in the last 12 years. Former Hoya All-Americans Andrew Campbell, Charlie Buckingham and Chris Barnard each won the event three times, four times and one time, respectively.
Sophomore Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic), a talented laser sailor as well, had three races where he placed out of the top 10 and dug a hole going in to the second day of competition. His performance on Sunday was exceptional and he finished in the top five in most races but it was not enough as the top four sailors remained consistent and he fell just shy of the cutoff for nationals. Snow will regroup and attempt to qualify for the Match Race Nationals next weekend. He is one of the few sailors currently competing collegiately who excel at singlehanded, doublehanded, team racing and match racing.
In Larchmont, N.Y., the Hoyas competed at the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. It is the only offshore event the Hoyas compete in each year, leaving the Blue & Gray with little preparation for the race. The regatta is made possible by the members of the Storm Trysail Club who allow over 50 collegiate teams to sail private boats in challenging racing.
This year Rich duMoulin (father of Ed DuMoulin '06) allowed Georgetown to sail his Express 37 "LoraAnn." The Hoya team consisted of 11 sailors with a skipper, tactician, mainsheet trimmer and an eight-person crew. The team was a mix of dinghy sailors and new sailors. duMoulin assisted in learning the nuances of the boat and the Blue & Gray. The Hoyas learned the boat quickly and were able to win both races in high wind and large waves. By winning the regatta, Georgetown was awarded the Jack Hoffman Trophy and earned a berth to the 46th EDHEC Sailing Cup, held April 25-May 3, 2014 in Les Sables D'Olonne in France.
"The regatta happens right before exams," Head Coach Mike Callahan explained. "So our participation is still up in the air. Either way, it is a great win for the Hoya and a huge thanks is owed to Rich duMoulin for making it happen."
The seventh-ranked women traveled to Navy for the Fall Women's Intersectional, competing closer to shore with lighter winds but shifty conditions. The Hoyas sailed well at times but had a couple setbacks throughout the regatta, resulting in the need to come from behind. The A division saw the Hoyas improve the most from the first to the second day, with Amanda Taselaar and Isabelle Luzuriaga improving to an eighth-place finish, a 10-place improvement.
The Hoyas were supposed to host the Tom Curtis Regatta last weekend but due to the shutdown of the federal government, Washington Sailing Marina was closed and the regatta had to be canceled.
The Hoyas will return to competition this weekend in three events with the Yale Women's Intersectional in New Haven, Conn., the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., and the Navy Fall Coed Regatta in Annapolis.
C division: ninth, Merritt Moran
Overall top 10 of 18 teams: 1. Yale, 2. Charleston, 3. Navy, 4. Stanford, 5. Hobart / William Smith, 6. Brown, 7. St. Mary's, 8. Old Dominion, 9. South Florida, 10., Georgetown