March 14, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- For the second week in a row, Annapolis was the site for the weekend's biggest college sailing event, as the Navy's Spring Women's Interconference Regatta is the largest collegiate women's event of the season, with 20 teams sailing two divisions, leading to 40 boats all on the course at once.
All 40 races for the event were completed by early Sunday afternoon and the varying conditions provided a little bit of everything for the competitors. The even started out Saturday with a 15-knot, shifty northwesterly wind, which died a little and shifted slightly north, leading to some extremely puffy and shifty conditions with flat water early Saturday afternoon. Eventually, the wind took a dramatic shift east and the teams got in a few races late on Saturday with steady 5-8 knot winds and still flat water.
Sunday started out with the wind from the Southwest, providing long oscillations and then shifted south and picked up to 15 knots with two-foot waves for a pure-boatspeed test. It was hard for any team to stay consistent, but Navy's women performed well throughout the regatta and ended up seventh overall. Mary Hall, Erica Leinmiller and Layne Morrison were seventh in A, While Marissa Lihan and Emma Ferris were seventh in B.
Our only other event of the weekend was the St. Mary's Team Race, where 10 of the best teams in the country faced off. Navy finished eighth overall behind skippers Jason Carminati, Devin Laviano, Mike Grove and Markus Edegran, with crews Caroline Lockett, Julie Digiovanni, Jocelynn Knudsen and Chelsea Smith.
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