Intercollegiate Sailing Wraps Up Fall Season
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy intercollegiate sailing team had three regattas this past weekend to close out the fall season. The Midshipmen began racing on Friday at the ICSA Match Race Nationals in Charleston, S.C.
This was the first time in six years that Navy was among the 10 teams to qualify for this championship. Navy's team of Jimmy Madigan, Hamrick Morgan, Nicholas Gartner and Emma Remis started strong, winning their first four races. They finished the round robin with a 6-3 record, good enough for the fourth seed heading into the quarterfinals.
The wind became very shifty and variable on day two for the quarters, negating some of the speed and handling advantage the Mids held on day one.
In a hard fought round, Navy fell to Bowdoin in the quarters 3-1. After a final round to determine overall position of the eliminated teams, Navy wound up sixth overall.
“Despite falling short of the team's goal, we are very proud of this team for the hard work they put in and fact that they represented the Academy well at this championship,” said head coach Ian Burman.
The Atlantic Coast Coed Championship was held at NY Maritime College this year. The 18 top teams on the east coast competed in the fickle winds and strong currents of the East River. Challenging conditions made consistency almost impossible and the overall standings remained very close throughout the regatta.
Light winds allowed for only 10 of the scheduled 18 races per division to be completed as well.
In the end, Navy wound up 11th overall. Gary Prieto, Parker Loftus, Ana Mier and Kent Mathes teamed up for 14th in A division while Peter Hogan and Kelly Milliken were a strong second in B. Max Brill was on hand, but unable to compete due to a stomach illness.
The Women's Atlantic Coast Championship was a similar event for women's teams hosted by Connecticut College. This event also featured a strong fleet, fickle winds, strong currents and an abbreviated format.
Only 8 races were completed per division there. Navy wound up 14th overall out of 18 teams. Jessica McJones and Karma Richards finished 12th in A division while Brittney Slook and Karma Richards were 14th in B. Anna Cutler was also in attendance.
“The team accomplished some great feats and had some real learning opportunities along the way during the fall,” said Burman. “While the season didn't end exactly the way we would have wanted, we are stronger now for our experiences and will be ready for the spring championship season.”
Navy’s fall season has concluded.