Georgetown Advances to Gold Round After First Day of ISCA/APS Team National Championships
June 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team advanced in to the gold round after the first day of competition at the ICSA/APS Team National Championships on Sunday, held on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas and hosted by the University of Texas and the Austin Yacht Club.
Georgetown was among 14 college teams from across the country who qualified to compete for the Walter C. Wood Trophy, awarded to the winning team at the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship. The trophy honors Walter C. "Jack" Wood, the first sailing director at MIT and a founder of college racing.
"The way it works for us is that if the conditions are right and it's not too windy, I think we have the ability to beat every team," Head Coach Mike Callahan said. "If it's really windy, we can lose out a bit based on how teams put their boats together, but if we're in lighter air, we're in good shape. Yesterday's conditions didn't really help us out much, but I feel pretty good about where we are heading into Monday's competition."
The format for the first day of the event started with group matches featuring two seven-team single round robins. Georgetown was in group two with Boston College, Stanford, Hobart & William Smith, Oregon, Miami and UC-Santa Barbara.
Georgetown placed fourth in group two, behind Hobart, Stanford and Boston College to advance to the gold round, which determines the top eight places at the championship. The top four finishers in group one were Brown, Charleston, St. Mary's and Roger Williams.
The top four teams from each group advanced into a Gold round, which is a double round robin. The races from the initial Group round carry over into the Gold round, so in the first Gold round robin only teams that did not sail each other in the Group round will compete against each other.
"We changed a little of our lineup and got into a bit of a groove in the afternoon," Callahan said. "We beat Charleston, who's leading the field right now, had a win over Roger Williams and thought we had a win over Brown, but lost on a judge's reversal. Other than that, we fared much better in the afternoon and feel much better about where we are.
Once the Gold round robins are complete on Monday evening, the top four teams will sail a single round robin, or a "final four," to determine the final top teams. A single Silver round robin is also sailed to determine places 9-14.
The competitors were able to complete the Group rounds and the first Gold round robin on Sunday, 58 races in all. The races were sailed on a collegiate N course, which has a windward mark, a windward offset mark and then down to a leeward mark--all marks to starboard--and finish upwind. The N course allows for long upwind and downwind legs as well as a being great course to run multiple races on at once.
The group rounds went off without a hitch as the winds behaved and Principal Race Officer Chris Gaffney and his team ran racing efficiently. The course was close enough to shore for great spectating and rotating between races. The round ended with, in group one Brown and Charleston on top with five wins and group two Hobart and Stanford were on top with five wins as well.
The silver round robin will include Wisconsin, Texas A&M Galveston, Michigan, University of Calif. Santa Barbara, Miami and Oregon.
The Gold round got started around 3:30 p.m. and finished around 6 p.m. The air was warm around 88 degrees and winds continued to come from a south-southeasterly direction around 10-12 knots with puffs around 15 knots--pretty perfect team racing conditions.
Teams will report tomorrow at 9 a.m. and racing in the Silver round will begin around 10 a.m. followed by the second Gold round. The conditions for tomorrow are predicted to be a little warmer in the low 90s with winds 8-12 knots from the south-southeast. There are two more days of racing for the ICSA/APS Team Race Nationals.
Find complete results and regatta information on the event website: http://2012nationals.collegesailing.org/.
Day One Results
Watch live media coverage of the ICSA/APS Team Race Championship by clicking on the Live Media link at 2012nationals.collegesailing.org.