Oct. 5, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- After suffering through light winds for much of September, it was a welcome change to have plenty of wind for most of Navy Intercollegiate Sailing's regattas on this first weekend of October.
The most important event of the weekend for the team was the MAISA Women's Fall Dinghy Championship at Cornell, which served as a qualifier for the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship and counted towards scheduling ranking for next year. The team struggled early on in the strong northerly breeze and had to make a strong charge in the second half of the event. Navy pulled through, climbing through the rankings Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, ending up in fourth overall in the 13-team field, qualifying for ACCs and guaranteeing the Mids a solid schedule of women-only events next year. Mary Hall and Layne Morrison finished seventh in A division, while Marissa Lihan and Erica Leinmiller were third in B.
At home, Navy hosted the Intrepid Trophy, a match race regatta contested in the fleet of Navy 26 sloops. Strong winds on Saturday led to some wild racing and tested the boat-handling abilities of all the dinghy sailors making the transition to the bigger boats for the weekend. The racing was tight throughout the regatta and in the end the top four teams were separated by only one win. Navy ended up fourth out of the seven teams in attendance and gained some valuable experience heading into the conference match racing championship later this month. Sailing for the Midshipmen were skipper Jason Carminati with crews Taylor Vann, Killian Corbishley and Phil Youngberg.
The other heavy wind regatta of the weekend was the Senator's Cup at St. Mary's College. Two of Navy's very talented freshman skippers raced very well in the challenging 16-team fleet. Navy finished third overall, with Alex Ramos and Saverio Maldari
coming in second in A while Markus Edegran and Kristin Rovito
were third in B.
The one light air event of the weekend was the Danmark Trophy, hosted by the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. With light wind, strong current and a very deep fleet, Navy struggled but learned some valuable lessons moving forward. The team finished 19th overall out of 20, with Devin Laviano and Chelsea Smith finishing 20th in A while Michael Grove and Caroline Lockett were 17th in B.
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