Aug. 4, 2011
The Navy offshore sailing team had 64 Midshipmen embark on seven different boats over the past two months in its summer professional development training program.
The summer started with five crews competing in the 490-mile Annapolis to Newport Race. Senior skipper Graham Tyson led his team on the Navy 44 Swift to a first-place finish (out of seven) in his class while classmate Chester Heer finished second in the same class aboard the Navy 44 Integrity. Also competing were Louis Henry aboard Invictus, Ben Rowe aboard Sea Wolf and Dillon Rossiter aboard Defiance.
These five crews then competed in the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta in Newport, R.I. Navy's top performance was by Rossiter who led his crew aboard the Navy 44 Defiance to a third-place showing.
Both Defiance and Integrity then headed to Marion, Mass., to start the 650-mile Marion to Bermuda Race while Swift, Invictus and Seawolf headed to Block Island, R.I. for the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week.
In the Marion to Bermuda Race, Rossiter skippered Defiance to second (out of 12) in class and 12th of 50 overall, while Heer was one position back in third (15th overall).
At Block Island Race Week, Tyson skippered Swift to third out of nine boats in class.
These crews then sailed their boats home to USNA with the Bermuda crews covering over 2,000 sea miles before heading out to their next summer training assignment.
In July, the two remaining crews sailed their Navy 44s, Flirt and Defiance to Marblehead, Mass., to compete in the 360-mile Marblehead to Halifax, Nova Scotia Race. Senior Katie Davis led her crew aboard Defiance to top honors (out of 11) in class and fifth overall out of 90, while Andrew King finished very close behind to take second in class and ninth overall.
These crews then sailed to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where they hosted junior sailors for demo sails aboard their boats before heading to Sea Cliff, N.Y., to host more juniors and compete in the 190-mile Around Long Island Race. In this race, Davis aboard Defiance again led the way taking first in class and first overall in PHRF class while King and his Flirt crew took first in class under IRC.
These crews just sailed into USNA from New York and will be competing in the 75-mile Maryland Governor's Cup which starts this coming Friday at 6:00 pm. Upon return from the Governor's Cup, each of these two crews will have sailed more than 2,100 sea miles.
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