Navy Qualifies for ICSA Match Racing Nationals
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy intercollegiate sailing team competed in three regattas this weekend and was able to secure qualification to the ISCA Match Race Nationals later this fall.
Navy hosted the eight-team MAISA Match Race Championship for the Intrepid Trophy. The event was sailed in Navy’s fleet of Navy 26 sailboats and the top two finishers were to qualify for the ICSA Match Race Nationals in Charleston, S.C. from November 10-12.
Saturday was chilly and windy, and he temperatures stayed in the 60s all day and winds ranged from 15 to 20 knots. Despite some minor breakdowns and challenging conditions, the fleet sailed well and the regatta was able to complete the entire initial round robin on the first day.
Navy showed some great speed in the windy conditions and ended the day with a 5-2 record and the #2 seed heading into the semifinals on Sunday. The good conditions carried through to the morning and Navy made quick work of #3 USMMA, winning the semis 2-0 and earning a berth at the Nationals. #4 Georgetown won a hard fought battle against #1 Hobart in the other semifinal and advanced to face the Midshipmen in the finals.
Unfortunately, the conditions changed before the final round started and the finals races were sailed in extremely light and variable winds. Navy's speed in the light wind was not quite as good and the Mids fell 0-2 in the finals to finish second overall.
This will be Navy's first appearance at the Match Race Nationals since the Mids won the event in 2011.
The big women's interconference regatta of the weekend was the Susan Rogers Memorial, hosted by Cornell. This event as well featured strong wind on Saturday and very light wind on Sunday. Navy finished fourth overall out of 14 teams. Jessica McJones, Anna Cutler and Holly Koerwer finished sixth in A division while Brittney Slook and Karma Richards were fourth in B.
Closer to home, three Navy boats competed in the Tom Curtis Regatta at Georgetown. In a 20-boat fleet, Parker Loftus and Kent Mathes came in fourth, Max Brill and Kelly Milliken finished fifth, while Connor Bayless and Ana Mier were seventh.