Georgetown Sailing Wins Navy Fall Intersectional
Oct. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University Sailing Team competed in three events at three different sites this past weekend, coming away with a victory at the Navy Fall Intersectional. The Hoyas also placed ninth out of 18 teams at the Yale Women's Intersectional as well as 17th at the Captain Hurst Bowl, hosted by Dartmouth.
The largest collegiate sailing event of the fall season, the Navy Fall Intersectional featured 20 of the best teams in the country competing in four divisions for a total of 80 races. The Hoyas sailed a young group at the event, including one junior, five sophomores and one freshman but they performed like veterans. The A and B division are sailed in double handed boats - FJ and 420, while the C division is competed with a full rig laser and the D division is laser radial.
On Saturday the A and C divisions led the Hoyas. Both divisions finished consistently in the top 10. The Hoyas ended the first day with a slight lead over the College of Charleston, Harvard and Stanford. A cold front blew through on Sunday and the races were run in a difficult northwest wind on the Severn River. On Sunday it was the laser divisions that led the way for the Hoyas. Alex Post (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), sailing in the D division, had a strong day finishing in the top three in all but two races. In the C division, Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid) was locked in a battle with a Harvard sailor, who was also the reigning youth world champion, for first overall. Martinez was able to stay consistently in the top five, while the Harvard sailor made one mistake which proved costly in race 18. Martinez won the C division by nine points.
Heading into the final race, the Hoyas were tied with Charleston for the lead. The B division went first and the Hoyas edged Charleston 15-13. In the A division, Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) and Bettina Redway (Providence, R.I./St. George's) sailed a great race to finish first while Charleston took ninth. Both the C and D divisions sailed well and did enough for the Hoyas to capture the regatta by nine points.
Navy Fall Intersectional (4 divisions, 20 teams)
Overall Top 5 of 20
The Hoya women's team went to New Haven to compete in the 18-team Yale Women's Intersectional. Yale has two fleets of boats so the races were run out in Long Island Sound. Saturday had little wind in the morning and a 10 mph breeze in the afternoon while Sunday saw bigger winds and waves. The Hoyas sailed well in both divisions and were competitive with the top teams. A few mistakes in some races led to double-digit finishes but overall it was a good performance and the Hoyas showed improvement throughout the event. The women's team has two more events coming up with the Harvard Women's Intersectional followed by the Atlantic Coast Championships.
Overall top 10 of 18
The Hoyas sent three freshmen and a senior to compete against some of the top teams in New England at the Captain Hurst Bowl sailed on Lake Mascoma in Hanover, N.H. Mascoma is a tricky place to sail and Saturday it lived up to its lore. A light shifty wind filled in from the mountains surrounding the lake and the race course featured some large wind shifts. It took a while for the Hoyas to figure out how to deal with the conditions and, at the end of the first day, the Blue & Gray were near last place overall.
The team regrouped on Sunday though and had a much better day. In the B division, Massimo Mazzolini, who is from Monaco and sailed in the U.K., started to figure out the short courses sailed in the United States. Mazzolini and Eliana Michaels (Sparkill, N.Y./Tappan Zee) sailed a flawless first race on Sunday and ended up winning by half a leg. In the A division A.J. Reiter and Claudia Taselaar improved a tremendous amount as well. Taselaar is one of Georgetown's top women's skippers and was crewing in a regatta for the first time. She did a great job transitioning to the front of the boat and she and Reiter found themselves in the lead in a few races on Sunday.
"The Captain Hurst Bowl was a learning experience," Head Sailing Coach Michael Callahan said. "Everyone left confident that they could win the regatta next year."
Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth (18 teams)
Up next for the Hoyas is the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Match Race Championship. Racing will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27 at Kings Point in Great Neck, N.Y. The Hoyas will also compete at the King's Point Dinghy Open the same weekend.