Feb. 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -
A group of four women from the Navy intercollegiate sailing team escaped the cold this past weekend and made the trip to St. Petersburg, Fla. for the USF Women's Regatta where they placed second out of six teams.
This year's event had a light turnout of only six teams, so the two divisions sailed together. Saturday was a bit cool for Florida and the conditions were challenging, with extremely gusty and shifty winds on flat water, making consistency difficult to come by. Sunday proved very different, with the wind fading throughout the day until it died completely. Navy fell behind early on Saturday and was catching up throughout the event, coming up just short of College of Charleston in the end. In the combined divisions, Navy's team of Mary Hall and Layne Morrison finished first overall while Marissa Lihan and Megan Hough came in 8th.
While some of Navy's players were enjoying sunny Florida, the rest of the team participated in a scrimmage at St. Mary's College of Maryland. It was a cold and rainy morning, but the rain turned to snow and sleet just as the sailors were hitting the water. Temperatures hovered around 33 degrees and winds ranged from 10-20 knots as Navy's sailors got to practice their team race skills against the best that St. Mary's, Georgetown and Old Dominion had to offer. Navy's players stayed safe on the cold day and got in some great practice. Unfortunately, the wind never filled on Sunday and it turned out to be just a one day scrimmage.