College Match Racing Nationals begin Friday

Published on November 21st, 2013

The 2013 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Match Race National Championship for the Cornelius Shields, Sr. Trophy will be hosted by the University of South Florida and St. Petersburg Yacht Club on November 22-24. Ten teams will compete on Tampa Bay in Sonars. Teams shall have three or four crew (620 pound max), with each team to include at least one female. Here’s a list of the schools that have qualified….

School – Skipper – School location
Yale University – Chris Segerblom ’14 – East Haven, CT
St. Mary’s College of Maryland – Jake La Dow ’15 – St Marys City, MD
Stanford University – Scott Buckstaff ’17 – Stanford, CA
Boston College – William Bailey ’15 – Rockport, MA
University of Wisconsin – Whitney Kent ’15 – Madison, Wisconsin
University of West Florida – Harrison Prochaska ’14 – Gulf Breeze, Florida
Oregon State University – Brian Hickman ’15 – Corvallis, OR
University of Michigan – Will Cyr ’14 – Ann Arbor, MI
Georgetown University – Nevin Snow ’16 – Washington, DC
College of Charleston – Ryan Davidson ’16 – Mt Pleasant, SC

The Sloop Championship was inaugurated in 1972, but was changed to a Match Race format in 2010. Match racing pits just one boat against another boat. The regatta will be a round robin format with five stages.

In Stage One each team will sail each other once to determine a Gold fleet and a Repecharge fleet. The top six teams will be in the Gold fleet and the bottom four will be in the Repecharge fleet. In Stage Two the Gold fleet will race each other once to determine seeds first through sixth. The Repecharge will race each other once to determine seeds seventh through tenth. In Stage Three seventh and eighth from the Repecharge will join first through sixth from the Gold round to compete in the Quarter Finals where first and eighth will race each other, second and seventh will face-off and so on.

Stage Four will be the semi-finals between the top four teams and then Stage Five is the petite finals and finals between the top teams from the semi-finals. The winning team will be awarded the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy, given in honor of Mr. Shields of Larchmont, New York, who was one of the most well known sailors of his time. An early benefactor of college sailing, Shields donated more than eighty Shields class sloops to colleges throughout the United States and was named to the ICSA Hall of Fame in its initial year.

Competitors will sail on Windward/Leeward courses with a leeward gate, marks rounded to starboard.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. each day with no race starting after 3 p.m. on Sunday. The final prize giving ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m., Sunday, November 24.

Schools and Competitors:
Georgetown University
Nevin Snow ’16
AJ Reiter ’17
Alexander Post ’15
Katia DaSilva ’15

St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Jake LaDow ’15
John Wallace ’14
Kaitlyn Noreen ’16
Ian Liberty ’14

University of Wisconsin
Whitney Kent ’15
Megan McMahon ’17
Harrison Faust ’14
Ian Walter ’16

University of Michigan
Will Cyr ’14
David Oliver ’14
Ansley Semack ’14
Chris Cyr ’16

Yale University
Chris Segerblom ’14,
Max Nickbarg ’14,
Graham Landy ’15,
Marly Isler ’16

Boston College
William Bailey ’15
Domenic Bove ’15
Katja Sertl ’16
Harry Koeppel ’17

Oregon State University
Brian Hickman ’15
Aike Burger ’16
Austin Sandifer ’16
Cragan Smith ’14

Stanford University
Scott Buckstaff ’17
Hans Henken ’15
Cam Hutton ’14
McKenzie Wilson ’14

College of Charleston
Ryan Davidson ’16
Brandon Folkman ’16
Ali Blumenthal ’15
Jake Reynolds ’16

University of West Florida
Harrison Prochaska ’14
Zach Grant ’15
Anthony Scott ’17
Danielle Le ’16

Event website: http://2013matchrace.collegesailing.org/

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