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College Sailing: Fall Season Update

Published on October 12th, 2017

Chris Klevan provides this week’s update on activity in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).

The Jen Harris Navy Fall Women’s Regatta, hosted by the United States Naval Academy, was won by the #5 College of Charleston after 17 races sailed in each of the three divisions. This is the lone, three division women’s regatta that featured FJs and Z420s in A- and B-Divisions, and Laser Radials in C-Division.

Sailing in a choppy southerly, the Cougar Ladies showed their versatility by scoring a 2nd in the Laser Radial, a 4th place finish in A-Division and a win by Cougar’s B-Division boat of Paris Henken, Annacel Carrington, and Elizabeth Mignon.

The all-junior-boat, after starting the event with a 10th place finish, strung nothing but top-10s throughout the remainder of the event, including 13 top-3 finishes. They won a competitive B-Division fleet decisively with 51 points in 17 races, 35 points ahead of the next closest boat.

Senior Lindsey Baab won the C-Division with 67 points after 17 races, wit the Brown Senior looking tough in preparation for her final college sailing Laser campaign. Her C-Division victory helped the #9 Brown Bears finish 2nd overall at the event.

Senior Casey Klingler with Claudia Loiacono ‘21 won A-Division handily, with the Yale boat finishing with 62 points, more than 30 points better than any other boat in the division. #1 Yale Bulldogs finished 3rd overall.

Two coed Interconference regattas headlined the weekend in Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

St. Mary’s College won the Moody Trophy at University of Rhode Island, narrowly over #2 Yale University. The #14 ranked Seahawks were led the A-Division winning effort of Dane Byerly ‘20, Lydia McPherson-Shambarger ‘19, and Thomas Walker ‘21. The Seahawks young A-Division needed 33 points to win the division. St. Mary’s finished with 76 points in the 20 total races sailed. Malcolm Lamphere ‘18 of Yale, Sonia Lingos-Utley ‘21, and Kira Woods ‘19 won B-Division with 38 points. Yale finished 2nd with 77 points and #15 Harvard landed in 3rd with 90 points.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges won the David Lee Arnoff Regatta held on Seneca Lake in New York. Winning both divisions, the #8 ranked home team took the victory with ease. Hector Guzman ‘20 and Maya Weber ‘20 won A-Division with 43 points after 13 races and Charles Miller ‘19 and Lindsey Kloc ‘19 won B-Division with 29 points. Merchant Marine Academy finished 2nd and #9 Navy finished third at the event.

Navy’s Gary Prieto won the Carl Van Duyne – MAISA (Mid-Atlantic) Singlehanded Championship after 14 races held at Kings Point. The Senior started extremely strong, not finishing outside the top-3 in the first 7 races sailed, opening up a 20+ point lead.

Prieto finished with 65 points, 12 points ahead of Carrson Pearce ‘21 from Kings Point (77 points). Finishing 3rd overall was Clay Broussard ‘18 of Georgetown with 82 points. Capturing the 4th and final qualifying spot was Maximilian Guerriero ‘21 of Navy.

The Pacific Coast Men’s Singlehanded Championship determines the two qualifying spots that is allocated to the conference for the 2017 Men’s Singlehanded Nationals. After 15 races sailed at University of California Santa Barbara, Stanford’s Luke Muller ‘18 won with 34 points and no races outside the top-5 in a 15-boat fleet. Finishing second was Lucas Pierce ‘21 of Santa Barbara with 40 points.

The Pacific Coast Women’s Singlehanded Championship was also hosted by University of California Santa Barbara and, like the men’s championship, dictated who would fill the two qualifying spots the 2017 Women’s Singlehanded Nationals. Dominating the 11 boat fleet was Christina Sakellaris ‘21 of Stanford, finishing with 19 points after winning 10 of the 14 races. Finishing second and capturing the second and final spot was Sophia Sole ‘21 of Stanford.

The Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded Nationals will be held November 4th and 5th.

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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