Sept. 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
In the second competition weekend of the fall season, the Navy intercollegiate sailing team headed north for three different away regattas. Almost on cue, the beginning of fall brought in some seasonal weather and all of our squads were challenged by windy and sometimes wet conditions.
The big Interconference Regatta of the weekend was the Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT. All of the top talent from New England was on display here in the always interesting Charles River Basin in the heart of Boston. Eighteen schoosl fielded three divisions each and "the rivah" served up its best, with incredibly puffy and shifty winds throughout the weekend. The Midshipmen sailed consistently and avoided trouble for the most part, resulting in a very solid third place finish overall. Mary Hall and Glenn McKenna finished fifth in A division, Markus Edegran and Alex Asuncion were sixth in B, while Michael Popp and Sarah Blake were third in C.
In Toms River, N.J., 18 teams descended on Ocean County College and the Toms River Yacht Club, looking to earn a berth in our fall conference championship for the War Memorial Trophy. Over the course of two windy days, Navy's third place finish secured one of those coveted spots at "The War", which will be held at Old Dominion University on November 2-3. Charlie Peck and Alyson Eng finished fourth in A division while Michael Madigan and Karen Vargas were second in B.
Our third event of the weekend saw four of the Navy women taking on a fleet of mixed gender teams at the NY Maritime Fall Open. Things started out calm on the East River, but quickly got more exiting as the fleet was challenged by winds gusting over 20 knots to go along with the strong currents always in play there. Navy braved the challenging conditions to finish third overall out of 18 teams. Marissa Lihan
and Julie Miller
were fifth in A division while Hannah Hughes
and Molly Robertson
were third in B.