Navy IC Sailing Kicks Off Busy Fall Season
Sept. 12, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy intercollegiate sailing team kicked off the fall season this past weekend with three events in the Mid-Atlantic and one regatta in France.
"Overall, it was a good weekend for us and we will be encouraged yet hungry as we attack the rest of our fall schedule," said head coach Ian Burman.
Two of last weekend's regattas were home events, as Navy ran the Laser South and Radial Open regattas together on the same course. The weekend offered a wide variety of conditions on the Severn River. The regatta started out Saturday with a 10-knot southerly breeze which built to 20 knots by mid afternoon with 2-3 foot waves. The fleets were having a great time sailing in the windy conditions until racing was called off due to an approaching storm. The boats were almost to the dock when the front of the storm hit with high winds and heavy rains. Some boats were able to make it in to the dock right away, but many had to capsize and ride out the storm until the initial blast subsided. The safety boats did a terrific job of staying with the competitors on the water and everyone eventually returned to the dock without injury. Sunday was very different with light and shifty winds out of the northwest. The variety of conditions made for an effective all-around test of skill. These events served as prequalifiers for the conference singlehanded championships and Navy's Mary Hall, Marissa Lihan and George Prieto qualified to move on.
The only other domestic event of the weekend was the Riley Cup, hosted by Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Similar to Annapolis, the sailors saw good, increasing southerly wind on Saturday followed by light and decreasing winds on Sunday. Navy sailed a strong regatta, finishing third overall in the 17 team field. Freshman Michael Popp, sailing his first collegiate event, teamed with Chelsea Smith to win the B division, while Connor Timmins and Connor Hendi came in fifth in A.
At the World University Match Racing Championship in Nice, France, Navy represented the USA and finished 12th overall out of 17 international teams.
Team USA sailed to a respectable 12th place finish at the conclusion of the World University Games in Nice, France, this past week. After barely missing out on the championship round by just one loss, Navy entered the consolation round seeded 11th overall and was paired against the French team in a sail-until-you-lose format fighting for the top spot of the consolation round (9th overall). After another very strong start, Navy led the race to the first turning mark, where the team unfortunately picked up a penalty for extending the boat's bowsprit before fully passing the mark. The team was able to extend on the run however, and offset the penalty on the second boat, still leading the French. Unfortunately, the spinnaker sets plagued us throughout this event and another poor set at the top of the third leg allowed the French to make a pass on the last run. There wasn't enough real estate left on leg four and the French sealed our fate for the regatta, placing us 12th overall.
"Our team performed well at this regatta in a field of more experienced and older sailors. It was an incredible experience for Navy to participate in an event like this and an honor for all of our sailors to represent the USA in an international field," said assistant coach Brendan Healy, who escorted the team to France. "After the conclusion of racing on Saturday, the team, along with all of the representing nations, were treated to a parade where we carried our flag proudly through the streets of old town Nice. We hope this is the first of several appearances of our intercollegiate team on an international level and we wish the best of luck to our Offshore team, who will also be traveling to France in November to represent the US in the World University Offshore Games."
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