Prieto Places Third at ICSA Singlehanded National Championship
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Navy senior Gary Prieto placed third at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Men’s Singlehanded National Championship this weekend at South Florida. Freshman Max Guerriero placed 14th in the 18-member field consisting of the top singlehanded sailors in the country.
The weather was very nice throughout the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s and low 80s. The wind was light the first day and the racing was very tight in the competitive fleet. Five races were completed on the first day before the wind died totally.
Prieto sailed consistently and stood in second place overall after day one. Guerriero had a tougher time navigating the course and stood 13th. Right after launching on Sunday, the national anthem began playing from speakers in a nearby field. Guerriero immediately stopped sailing and stood at attention, impressing all of the competitors and spectators.
On the course, the wind was light again on Sunday, with big puffs and shifts. Prieto did a good job keeping up with the changing conditions and stayed in the hunt for the rest of the event. A few missed shifts in three last race left him third overall. Guerriero ended up 14th.
“While Gary was really hoping for the win, we are all extremely proud of him for his very strong podium finish,” said Navy head coach Ian Burman.
Prieto improved upon his ninth-place finish at last year’s singlehanded national championship.
Stefano Peschiera of the College of Charleston won the singlehanded national championship with 50 points. Gerald Williams, also of the College of Charleston, was second with 64 points and Prieto was right behind him with 65 points. Guerriero had 138 points in 14th place.