Sept. 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy intercollegiate sailing team kicked off the 2013-2014 season this past weekend with four different regattas.
Two of the events were at home as Navy hosted the top single handed sailors in our conference for the Laser South and Radial Open Regattas. Over the course of the two beautiful days in Annapolis, there was a variety of conditions that proved a true test of both the sailors and the race management. Navy's team showed extremely well on both fronts, running 18 quality races over the weekend, where our sailors took home three of the six podium spots available.
In the Laser South Markus Edegran finished third overall in the 20 boat field and qualified for the MAISA Men's Single Handed Championship next month. Charlie Peck came in ninth overall, while Phil Youngberg finished 10th, and Michael Madigan was 13th.
Mary Hall claimed the victory in the Radial Open, with Marissa Lihan close behind in third overall out of 20. Hannah Hughes will join those two in the MAISA Women's Singlehanded Championship later this month by virtue of her 10th-place finish, while Emma Ferris finished 14th and Molly Robertson came in 17th.
The weather was great as well in Norfolk, Virginia, where a group of Midshipmen opened up the season at the Riley Cup. Navy finished eighth overall out of 18 schools. Michael Popp and Megan Hough came in fifth in the 'A' division while Spencer Nora and Samantha Rosales were 12th in 'B'.
The first big Interconference Regatta of the year was the Harry Anderson Trophy, hosted by Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Many of the country's top teams were in attendance, looking to get a jump on the competition at the beginning of the season. Navy finished ninth out of 18 with Michael Grove
and Chelsea Smith
finishing fifth in the 'A' division while Patrick Snow
and Layne Morrison
coming in 12th in 'B'.
Navy is slated to compete in the Central Fall, Hatch Brown, Nevins Trophy and New York Maritime events next weekend.