Nov. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid), a sophomore on the Georgetown University sailing team, won the 2013-14 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) / LaserPerformance Singlehanded National Championship, hosted by Brown University and Salve Regina University, in Newport, R.I., finishing up on Sunday, November 10. The championships included the top 18 singlehanded sailors in the nation with sailors competing on windward / leeward courses with four legs on Narragansett Bay out of Sail Newport.
The field of 18 men sailed new full rig Lasers provided by LaserPerformance and completed 17 races in the event in challenging conditions over the three-day event that began on Friday morning.
Martinez won the ICSA / LaserPerformance Men's Singlehanded Nationals, taking home the Glen S. Foster Trophy. He sailed a very consistent race, ending each day in the lead. Martinez only recorded a handful of races outside of the top five. Martinez held the competition off, staving off second-place finisher Juan Perdomo of Harvard by 10 points.
"I practiced in some funky conditions at Georgetown with my team and trained a lot in the gym," Martinez, a member of the 2013 US Sailing Development Team, explained.
Following one day of racing and six total races, Martinez led the field on a day that started with chilly temperatures in the 40s with a strong breeze from the west ranging from 14 to 20 knots.
Saturday's competition saw much of the same in terms of conditions but with slightly lighter winds gusting out of the west and shifting to the west / southwest in the afternoon. Saturday featured another six races and Martinez continued to hold his lead through the second day of racing despite conditions that forced the field to contend with strong currents and the possibility of capsizing.
On Sunday, the sailors encountered warmer conditions with the temperature reaching mid-50s and winds were from the west and west / northwest ranging between 12 to 15 knots. Martinez's consistency continued through the final day as he held on to his lead over the fierce competition, capitalizing on the strong breeze as he had on the previous two days of racing.
The Hoyas will continue with the season at the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship in Charleston, S.C., and the women's Atlantic Coast Championship in Ithaca, N.Y. on Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17, 2013.