College of Charleston Wins the 50th Kennedy Cup ICSA Keelboat National Championships

Published on November 10th, 2014

Annapolis, MD (November 10, 2014) – The CofC offshore sailing team concluded its fall competition slate at the Kennedy Cup ICSA Keelboat National Championship hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy on Nov. 8-9.

After a strong win at their last offshore event in Larchmont, NY, and a few solid weeks of practice getting adjusted to a similar boat to the ones sailed this past weekend, the offshore team was looking forward to carrying that momentum up to the Kennedy Cup. The squad faced nine other top offshore collegiate teams and the Cougars were prepared and ready to take on the competition.

“It’s nice to be coming off a great win at the lOR and being able to carry that strength into the Kennedy Cup,” said senior bowman Brent Burrows II. “We are feeling awesome with where our teamwork and boat handling is at. We are ready to get going up in Annapolis and finally put that practice into use.”

The Offshore squad headed into the final day of sailing with a 4pt lead after a successful day of sailing on Saturday and an unfortunate DSQ. They were looking to finish up the series in first through the regatta’s final 2 races. In what can only be described as an incredible performance, the Cougars took a 1st and a 3rd in Sunday’s races to secure the 2014 National Championship Title.

With this win the team has qualified to represent the U.S. in the Student Yachting World Cup to be held next October in France.

Congratulations to Offshore Sailors skipper Jay Greenfield (Noank, CT), tactician Timmy Crann (Red Bank, NJ), primary trimmers Brandon Folkman (Redondo Beach, CA) & Noah Blacker (St. Petersburg, FL), secondary trimmer Stefan Kuehn (Cutchogue, NY), pit boss Hanna Horan (Newport, RI), mast man Charles Essi (Cleveland, OH), mid mast Holly Deuterman (Greensboro, NC), and bowman Brent Burrows II (Nassau, Bahamas).

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