Nov. 28, 2012
Match Racing is relatively new to college sailing starting in 2010 but has been around for over a hundred years. The format of a college match race is identical to the America’s Cup. Each race features just two boats sailing against each other. The Hoyas had tried to qualify for the regatta before but were hampered by the fact that they weren’t able to practice in the type of boats used in the competition. This year, the Hoyas have a freshman sailor Nevin Snow who is one of the top ranked match racers in the United States. Nevin and his crew of Alex Post, Matt Gowell and Hilary Kenyon finished 2nd at the MAISA Conference Championship which earned them a berth at the Nationals which were sailed at the Fort Worth Boat Club in J22 sailboats.
The regatta format consisted of a single round robin amongst the top teams that eventually would lead to a final four and then a champion. The Hoyas looked strong from the start and easily dispatched strong teams from Eckerd, Yale and St. Mary’s. The Hoyas lost a close race to Tufts and then another to South Florida in a fluke race where the Hoyas led by 20 lengths near the finish but had their wind die and watched helplessly as South Florida took a wind gust over the line to win by 1 second. The loss to South Florida put the Hoyas in a tie with St. Mary’s and Tufts. Each team had an identical 7-2 record. The tie breaker put St. Mary’s as the 1 seed Tufts as 2 and Gtown as 3. This meant that the final four had St. Mary’s vs. 4th seed Yale and Tufts vs. Georgetown. Yale upset St. Mary’s and waited for the winner of Georgetown v. Tufts in the final. In a series of really close and competitive racing the Hoyas narrowly lost to Tufts. The disappointed Hoyas then faced St. Mary’s in the petit finals for 3rd place overall. The Hoyas rallied to beat St. Mary’s 2-1 to finish 3rd. Tufts easily defeated Yale to win the Championship.