Intercollegiate Sailing Finishes Third at the Navy Spring Regatta
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The intercollegiate college sailing spring season turned to fleet racing all around this past weekend and the biggest and deepest regatta in the country was the Navy Spring Regatta. This event featured 20 top teams from all over the country and some really tight racing.
There was a wide range of conditions, from bright and sunny to cold and rainy and wind ranging from 3-20 knots. Navy sailed well in general despite some down races. In the end, the Midshipmen finished third overall, just 10 points out of first. Gary Prieto, Ana Mier and Kent Mathes were third in A Division while Peter Hogan, Kelly Milliken, Parker Loftus and Kent Mathes were fourth in B.
Another Navy team was competing at the Merchant Marine Academy in the Owen Trophy. After a strong first day, the Mids were among a handful of teams with a shot at the win. Unfortunately, some rough races and equipment failures left Navy fifth overall out of 15 teams. Jimmy Madigan and Holly Koerwer finished seventh in A division while Connor Bayless and Madeline Pruzan were third in B.
Navy also had two boats sailing in the 15-boat George Washington Women's invite. This event served as a tune-up of sorts for the MAISA Women's Championship next weekend at Old Dominion. Both days were windy and tricky on the Potomac and the women were definitely challenged. Navy's Jessica McJones and Karma Richards overcame a rough start the regatta and climbed to fifth overall at the end. Brittney Slook and Emma Remis started out strong, but were forced to retire from the regatta after race six due to a lingering injury on Slook's shoulder.