March 10, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
As most of the Brigade left for spring break, the Navy intercollegiate sailing team hosted the biggest collegiate women's sailing regatta of the spring, where 20 of the best teams from around the country came to do battle.
This year's event drew an especially strong crowd with everyone looking to prepare for the 2014 College Sailing Women's Nationals at USNA on May 27-30.
Saturday turned out to be a slow day with light winds and only a handful of races were completed per division. Despite the challenging conditions, Navy got off to an early lead thanks to a blistering performance from the A Division team who dominated the day. Sunday proved to be very different, with a strong northwesterly wind challenging the fleet in another way. Navy's B division took the charge in the blustery conditions to keep the team in the hunt.
Unfortunately, Yale was able to pull ahead early on Sunday and barely held on for the win, with the Midshipmen finishing second. Mary Hall, Layne Morrison and Killian Corbishley finished second overall in A, while Marissa Lihan, Molly Hanson and Layne Morrison were 4th in B.
Also in action this weekend, a group of Midshipmen took on the top team racing teams in the country at the St. Mary's Team Race. Saturday was light at St. Mary's as well, but the team got a lot of racing in on Sunday to make for a very productive weekend. In a very deep 10 team field, Navy sailed to a 7-7 record through a full round robin and final six to finish fifth overall. Sailing for Navy were Michael Grove, Chelsea Smith, Alex Asuncion, Emma Ferris, Michael Popp and Patrick Snow.
The team will have a few days off to relax before competing at the Graham Hall Team Race and St. Mary's Women's Regattas next weekend.