Oct. 28, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy varsity and junior varsity offshore sailing teams both hosted events in Annapolis this past weekend. The varsity team hosted the McMillan Cup Regatta and the junior varsity team hosted the Fall Intercollegiate Keelboat Invitational Regatta.
In the McMillan Cup, senior Nick Padleckas led his crew to third overall of the nine teams participating. The day started out strong for Navy as Padleckas and his crew battled hard to snatch victory in race one in the morning.
Sunday's breeze was coming off the land at Tolly Point from the WNW with big shifts and puffs. The teams got out to the course early and built a solid database of course information, which they put to good use in the race. For race two the team got a great start but tacked away from the competition who found better breeze and got the leg up. Navy was set back to fifth. For the seventh and final race, the team just pulled the trigger too early and were OCS from which they did not recover and finished eighth for the race.
However, Navy was able to retain third overall for the regatta and showed great poise in their Navy 44 IC regatta debut. The McMillan Cup serves as the big boat championship for the New England and Mid-Atlantic districts. Coast Guard won the McMillan Cup.
In the Keelboat Invitational Regatta, Navy took second and third and 7th out of ten teams. This event was contested in Navy's fleet of Colgate 26s.
Next up for Navy is the High Performance Regatta this coming weekend and the Kennedy Cup the following weekend.