Georgetown Sailing Takes Fourth and Sixth at 2009 ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship
Nov. 11, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown sailing team participated in the 2009 ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship last weekend at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. The 18-boat field was one of the most competitive in history with multiple Olympian level sailors vying for the title.
The Hoyas fielded two boats for the first time in team history. Junior Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and freshman Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) represented the Hoyas. Corpus Christi is renowned for its windy and wavy conditions. The big winds materialized during the final four of 18 races. The competition was fierce among these top sailors as there was very little difference in boat speed and ability among the top 10. Buckingham was easily the fastest boat on the water, but he had some real trouble getting off the starting line. That proved to be too big an obstacle for him to overcome as he ended up sixth overall. Barnard sailed a more consistent event and really took advantage of the light air conditions. He finished in fourth place. The Blue & Gray took fourth place and sixth place, very strong finishes at a National Championship. Barnard and Buckingham look forward to next year to improve on their performances.
The Hoya women's sailing team headed to Old Dominion University for their Fall Championships. They needed to finish in the top seven to earn a spot at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship at Brown. The regatta was very close among the top five teams and the Hoyas ended up fourth in each division and fourth overall. In A division, Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif./Poly High School) and Rebecca Evans (Cohasset, Mass./Milton Academy) had some trouble getting off the starting, preventing them from winning the division. They finished in fourth place with 36 points. In B division, Lauren Burke (Dartmouth, Mass./Tabor Academy), Ginger Cutler (New York, NY/Groton School) and Brooks Walker (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy) tied for second place with 37 points but lost out on the tie breaker to finish fourth.
This weekend the Hoyas will be competing in their last two regattas of the year: the coed Atlantic Coast Championships at Harvard and the Women's Atlantic Coast Championships at Brown.
Overall (Top 5)