June 8, 2012
Austin, Texas. (June 7, 2012) – The second day of the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship had a slow start, due to thunderstorm threats and not enough wind to go sailing. The eighteen college sailing teams are gathered on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas after qualifying in a semi-final championship held at the U.S. Naval Academy in May to compete in this final high-caliber event. The National Championships are co-hosted by the University of Texas Sailing Team and the Austin Yacht Club.
The racing was postponed in the morning until about 11:30 a.m. when A-division hit the water with 6-8 knots from the northeast; the temperature was around 80 degrees. A-division was able to sail two races on flat water, however, by the time it was B-division’s turn to rotate in, the wind had died out and racing was postponed again.
After a false alarm where it looked like breeze would fill in around 2 p.m. and the boats started to head out, the race committee raised another postponement flag. Around 3:45 p.m. the wind looked promising and the B-division fleet headed out to start racing around 4 p.m.
The wind was coming from the north around 8-12 knots at the start of race 7B. The race committee was able to run eight races total today, four in both A and B-divisions on a W4 course. The wind continued to fluctuate and the conditions were shifty, as they have been over the last week of competition.
By 6:30 p.m. the winds were 8-10 knots out of the north-northwest and racing wrapped up around 7:15 p.m. Georgetown University managed to hold onto their lead all day. They finished yesterday’s racing 19 points ahead of second place and today they are 30 points ahead of Yale University who is in second place. Georgetown was ranked number one coming into the ICSA National Championships.
Today brought a different breeze direction and more wind, when it finally filled in. The northerly breeze created a left-side favored course. “There was a formula this afternoon, get off the line and get to the left,” says Mike Callahan, head coach for Georgetown. He says they were able to have good starts today and that was a key to sailing consistently in the top of the fleet.
Another key to doing well today was being able to stay close to the top of the fleet even when you were behind. “If you could try and catch a few boats when you were behind it made a big difference,” says Callahan.
Sailing for Georgetown is Chris Barnard ’13 (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Hilary Kenyon ’13 (Wayzata, Minn.) in A-division and Evan Aras ’12 (Annapolis, Md.) and Katherine Canty ’12 (Vero Beach, Fla.) in B-division.
Teams moved around in the standings today after getting some more races under their belts, one of them was Yale University. Yale moved up from fourth place yesterday to second place today and Roger Williams University maintained their third place position eight points behind Yale and 38 points behind Georgetown.
Tomorrow will be the last day of racing for the ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship. Competitors report at 9 a.m. and racing will begin around 10 a.m. Tomorrow has a 5 p.m. deadline for racing; no race can be started after 5 p.m.
The event will wrap up with an awards banquet where the top three coed dinghy champions will receive their awards, the College Sailor of the Year will be announced, the ICSA All-American Team will be presented in addition to other ICSA awards.
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Results Day 2 – Top 9
1. Georgetown University, 104
2. Yale University, 134
3. Roger Williams University, 142
4. College of Charleston, 153
5. Harvard University, 155
6. Stanford University, 180
7. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 180 8. Boston College, 185 9. Dartmouth College, 189
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