Oct. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown Match Race Team won an exciting conference championship this past weekend, beating a very talented St. Mary's team, 2-1, in the final round.
The skipper for the Georgetown team was Nevin Snow, with a crew that included Alex Post, Katia DaSilva and AJ Reiter. The top four in the field of eight teams was Georgetown, followed by St. Mary's, Navy and Queens University (Canada).
The Hoyas swept the opening round robin, going 7-0 in very windy conditions. As the No. 1 seed, the Hoyas faced No. 4 seed Queens University from Canada. Queens had the No. 71-ranked match racer in the world skippering their boat.
There were two good, close races to start and GU won the semifinal, 2-0.
Georgetown faced off against St. Mary's College, who had beaten Navy, 2-1, in its semi, for the championship. The Hoyas were ahead in the first race until the leeward mark, when the team split gates and St. Mary's headed out right for a big wind shift that gave them a comfortable lead and eventually, a win.
Trailing 1-0, the Hoyas dominated off the line at the start of the second race and never looked back, taking the race by a comfortable margin. St. Mary's jumped out to the lead at the start of the third race and took the right side of the course. The Hoyas were about 10 lengths behind but took advantage of some wind shifts to close the gap to one length at the top mark.
The boats were even at the leeward gate and each headed out to a side. GU brought a big left shift across the course to end up slightly ahead of SMC at the final mark. The last leg was neck-and-neck, with both boats sailing well. The Hoyas were able to take St. Mary's past lay line for the finish then gybed to port and lead in on a close reach to win the race and the championship. This is the first time the Hoyas have won this regatta.
Georgetown now moves on to the ICSA Match Race National Championship in St. Petersburg, Fla, from Nov. 22-24.
The Hoyas also competed at the KP Dinghy Open. The KP Dinghy Open is a two-division standard college event sailed in 420's and FJ's. The forecast was for big breeze and thats exactly what we got. Saturday started out in a 10-12mph W wind that quickly shifted to SW and increased to about 25mph. It was a battle not only against the other teams but against the conditions. The Hoyas team had some great races and some not so great races but were generally in the top 10. We had some crazy capsizes as well but finished every race. Sunday the winds lightened up a bit and the Hoyas sailed well again. In A div. Greg Martinez and Eliana Michaels finished with a 1,2,1 to get 2nd in A. In B Sam Oldroyd and Brian Poirier sailed quite well when it wasn't too windy and ended up 7th in B. Overall the Hoyas finished 4th in the 20 team field. First place went to SUNY Maritime and 2nd to Dartmouth.
Georgetown competes this weekend in two events, at the War Memorial at Old Dominion (A Division: Nevin Snow and Katia DaSilva; B Division: Alex Post and Bettina Redway) and at the Women's Intersectional at Harvard (A Division MaryKate Mezzetti and Genevieve Burgoyne; B Division: Merritt Moran and Hollis Dana).