Intercollegiate Sailing Places Eighth at the War Memorial Regatta
GENEVA, N.Y. - The Navy intercollegiate sailing team placed eighth at the War Memorial Regatta for the MAISA Fall Coed Dinghy Championship this past weekend at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Seneca Lake. The event featured 18 teams that had all qualified at previous regattas. The event also serves as the conference qualifier for the Atlantic Coast Championship.
The fleet saw a variety of conditions throughout the weekend. The first few races were held in 20 knot winds from the south with 3-4 foot waves. The wind diminished throughout the first day and the waves decreased as well. The last few races Saturday were sailed in flat water and extremely light and shifty wind from the east. Sunday was cold and rainy with shifty winds from the northwest at 3-10 knots.
Navy started strong in the heavy wind, winning the first race convincingly, but had trouble adjusting to the changing conditions throughout the event. Coming into the last race, the Midshipmen were sitting in ninth overall, needing to move up one spot to advance to the ACCs, with both Old Dominion and Cornell within striking distance.
Navy's team of Peter Hogan and Kelly Milliken attacked both ODU and Cornell at the start, forcing all three schools to the back of the fleet. Navy was able to play the wind shifts to perfection and move up to fourth place in the race. When Cornell finished 10th and ODU finished 13th the result was a three-way tie for seventh overall. Since MAISA only has eight berths in this year's ACC, only two of the tied teams could move on. When the tiebreakers were applied, Navy would up eighth overall, barely advancing to the Atlantic Coast Championship at SUNY Maritime on November 11-12.