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Navy Offshore Sailing Wins Kennedy Cup For First Time Since 2007

Navy offshore sailing won the Kennedy Cup for the 14th time in school history over the weekend.

Nov. 9, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy Offshore Sailing team played host to the Kennedy Cup, Intercollegiate Sailing's Big Boat National Championship, this past weekend in the Chesapeake Bay.

The title is the first in the Kennedy Cup since 2007 and the 14th overall for the program.

Nine teams, including last year's winning crew from Maine Maritime Academy which had just returned from the Intercollegiate World Championship in France, plus a Navy crew participated in the nine-race series.

The Navy crew dominated from the start, winning the first five races followed by two second-place finishes. The squad suffered foul trouble in the final two races but had more than enough margin on points to still walk away with a ten-point victory over the second-place finisher from California Maritime Academy (the 2009 winner).

The victory qualifies Navy to represent the USA in next year's Student Yachting World Cup.

"Congratulations to skipper Dillon Rossiter and his crew which included additional Adam Albrecht, Schyler Widman and Ben Rowe along with Chris Paulson, Phil Reynolds and Eric More and Jon Driesslein for their phenomenal effort," said Navy head coach Jahn Tihansky.

This wraps up a fantastic fall season for the team. The next competition will be the Los Angeles Harbor Cup next March.




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