WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team continued its strong season with a quartet of events over the past two weekends. The highlight of the events was Clay Broussard (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist) advancing to his first ever ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championships after a third-place showing in the conference championship.
Carl Van Duyne Regatta / MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championships (Kings Point, N.Y.)
The Carl Van Duyne Regatta serves as the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Men’s Singlehanded Championships with the top four from the regatta advancing to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Men’s Singlehanded National Championships, held Nov. 4-5 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A pair of Hoya sailors in Broussard and Jack Marshall (Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols) qualified for the event, which featured the top 18 singlehanded sailors in MAISA. Marshall qualified for nationals in 2016 while Broussard had yet to make it to the national stage.
The regatta started out with light winds and strong current and the Hoyas came out of the gate strong with both sailors finishing in the top three. Broussard sailed his best regatta of his college career on Saturday with no finishes out of the top eight. That put him in second overall going into Sunday and the final four races. Marshall struggled with some unforced errors and put himself in a tough spot Sunday as he was 11 points back from qualifying.
Sunday was very windy and Marshall excelled in the conditions as he finished second, fourth and first in is first three races. Broussard struggled in the 11th race, finishing 15th, but settled down to take sixth and seventh in races 12 and 13, respectively. Going into the final race, a mere four points separated second place from fifth. Broussard had 77 points while Marshall had 78 and a Navy sailor tallied 76.
With nationals on the line, the Hoya duo started well and rounded the top mark comfortably ahead of the Midshipman, who was in fourth overall. On the second beat, Broussard was able to escape Marshall’s cover and got to the favored left side of the course and rounded the last windward mark comfortably ahead of Marshall and the sailor from Navy. Marshall engaged his Navy counterpart on the run trying to force him into a foul. Another Navy sailor approached to slow down Marshall and let his teammate sail ahead. As they approached the finish line, Marshall was well ahead of the Navy sailor he needed to defeat but was forced into a situation where he lacked the points to advance to nationals as he recorded 87 points behind Navy’s 86. Broussard finished third overall with 82 points and earned his first ever trip to the singlehanded national championships
Navy Fall Women’s Regatta (Annapolis, Md.)
The Hoya women’s team faced its toughest competition of the 2017-18 season at the Navy Fall Women’s Regatta. The Hoyas were a little slow to start the event in the A and B divisions and, as the double-digit races added up, they fell behind the leaders. Luckily the women turned it around by race three and consistently finished in the top 10 from that point on. The Hoyas ended up sixth overall out of 18 teams.
1. Charleston; 2. Brown; 3. Yale; 6. Georgetown
Navy Fall Coed Regatta (Annapolis, Md.)
Georgetown’s coed team battled most of the top 20 teams in the country at the largest fall event – the Navy Fall Regatta. This regatta features two double-handed divisions and a pair of singlehanded divisions. Over the course of the 52-race regatta the Hoyas were in a seesaw battle with Stanford, Charleston, Navy and Hobart for the top spot. The Hoyas were able to pull out the win in the end with an impressive performance by Marshall, who won the D division by 12 points.
1. Georgetown; 2. Hobart & William Smith; 3. Kings Point; 4. Stanford; 5. College of Charleston
Yale Women’s Regatta
The Hoya women’s team traveled to Yale last weekend to compete against the top teams from around the country. The event is always competitive and difficult and this year was no different. In the A division, Rose Edwards (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep) and Caroline Teare sailed quite well to finish in sixth overall out of 18 and only 10 points out of third. In the B Division, Macey McCann (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) and Olivia Van Den Born struggled a bit with the level of competition but improved steadily throughout the event to finish in 14th out of 18 in the B division.
This weekend the Hoyas will be competing in two events with the MAISA Women’s Championship at NY Maritime and the Kings Point Open Regatta at the US Merchant Marine Academy.