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College Sailing: Spring Season Update

Published on April 4th, 2017

Chris Klevan reports on how the women are starting the queue for their Nationals while team racers look for momentum heading into their Conference Championships.

The 2017 Sailpack Oriental Interconference was held by North Carolina State University. The Jacksonville University Fins won the event with an impressive scoreline. Freshman, Alfonso Garcia Bringas, sailing with sophomore, Shaynah True, won A-division for Jacksonville. Jack Gower (‘20) and Paula Resto (‘20) of Jacksonville University won B-division.

The Sailpack Interconference was the largest regatta held in the history of the NC State Sailing Team, featuring more than 120 sailors and coaches. In sharp contrast to snowy regattas in New England, Oriental featured 10-15 knots, sunny, blue skies and 70 degree temperatures.

“Shore-side accommodations were really great and rotations were hosted from the dock at the historic Stallings House whose yard provided an almost festival-like feeling for teams, sailors, and spectators,” said NC State volunteer head coach Dana Magliola. “Lounging, cornhole, curated tunes provided by one of the SailPack’s own sailor and college-radio DJs, and stunning vista porches for doing just a little homework created a great on-shore college sailing atmosphere.”

With authentic pig BBQs and a live band, they really put on a show, hopefully reminding sailors of the greatest aspect of our sport; the college-sailing community.

“We aimed to make this a regatta that draws college sailors to one of our favorite places, the coastal home of the SailPack, Oriental, North Carolina while also providing the mostly-club-based teams an opportunity to have a high-caliber, competitive regatta outside of conference competition,” said Magliola who organized the regatta.

“It turned out great and we’ve heard from literally every school that participated that they’ll be gunning for berths to this event in their conference drafts next fall,” notes Magliola. “We hope they’ll come back and there’s no doubt Oriental will welcome them back.”

The 36th Lynne Marchiando Trophy was sailed in conditions varying from 25 knots with snow and temperatures in the low 30s to five knots and 60 degree with sunny skies. The top New England teams were present and performing at their best as the Conference Championship is less than a week away. The Charles River produced ideal tune-up conditions for the flukey lake sailing predicted to be present at Tufts next week.

The Dartmouth College Big Green won the regatta behind the stellar efforts of [skippers] Robert Floyd (‘17), Charles Lalumiere (‘17), Duncan Williford (‘18), Christopher Williford (‘19) and [crews] Madeleine Cooney (‘17), Rebecca McElvain (‘19) and Paige Clarke (‘20). They won 12 out of 14 races in the double gold round robin and went undefeated in the qualifying round. Throughout the regatta the Big Green did not lose a race until Sunday afternoon.

“Our team did a great job fleet racing throughout the entire regatta and not getting caught up in team racing early on in races,” observed Dartmouth assistant coach Dave Thompson. “The conditions made it easy to get unbalanced and pass boats, which we have been focusing on as a team.”

Thompson continued, “We focused on having good starts and keeping the umpires out of the races. We have treated each of our team race regattas this year as the same with the goal of improving at each regatta and preparing us for the Fowle Trophy.”

This is notable because Dartmouth’s victory was relatively decisive over the Yale Bulldogs, which suggests a shift in power in the New England Inter-Collegiate Association and perhaps the nation.

This was the first team race interconference win for the Dartmouth Big Green since the 2002 Ted Ferrarone Team Race. In contrast, this was the first time in the past calendar year that Yale, the reigning Team Race Champions, had not finished first in a team race in which they have participated.

The Yale Bulldogs finished second overall with a 10 and 4 record while the Boston College Eagles finished 3rd overall at 8-6.

The Dellenbaugh Women’s Trophy was sailed in temperatures similar to the Marchiando Team Race, but due to the nature of the venue, featured much gnarlier wind and waves. The Brown University Bears showed the nation that they can sail at the highest level in women’s sailing with a decisive victory, 46 points overall. Juniors Lindsey Baab with Grace Gagnon (‘18), and Abigayle Konys (‘19) dominated B-Division with 15 points after eight races. Baab, Gagnon and Konys only had one race with a finish outside the top-3, and that was a 4th.

Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick’s (‘17) effort, with crews Maxine De Havenon (‘19) and Haley Carter (‘17), was not far behind the Lady Bear’s B-Division standout. Ms. Grapengeter-Rudnick’s scoreline showed only two races outside the top three. However, Casey Klingler (‘18) with Claire Huebner (‘18), Christine Klingler (‘20) and Natalya Doris (‘17) won A-division by 1 point over the Brown Bears with 30 points after 8 races.

Yale finished 2nd overall with 89 points and Charleston finished 3rd with 112 points.

The Women’s Championship for the Southeastern Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SEISA) was held at Texas A&M. After seven races sailed in each division, the Tulane Green Wave and the Texas A&M Aggies were tied with 31 points overall. Though Tulane won the tie-breaker, both teams will advance from the SEISA to the National Women’s Semi-final regatta.

Haley Walker (‘18) and Amanda Olson (‘19) won A-division for the Texas A&M University at Galveston.

The Washington Huskies won the Women’s Championship for the Northwest Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NWICSA) with 8 points after 3 races held in each division. Chloe Dawson (‘20) and Camille Ottaway (‘20) from the Western Washington University Viking won A-Division with 4 points. Shaan Shrider (‘19) and Athina Ebert (‘17) won B-Division with 3 points.

University of Washington and Western Washington University qualified from the NWICSA for the Women’s National Semi-Finals Regatta.

Background: The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. There are seven Conferences that schedule and administer regattas within their established geographic regions, with ICSA hosting two national championships in the fall (singlehanded, match racing) and three national championships in the spring (team, women’s, coed).

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