Sailing Finishes Fifth at Charleston Women’s Regatta
Nationals will be held at the same venue in May
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The GW sailing team opened its spring season by finishing fifth at the Charleston Women’s Regatta hosted by College of Charleston, which will also serve as the venue for the sport’s national championship this May.
“It’s a really great result,” said head coach Billy Martin. “We’re happy with it. More importantly, this is going to be the venue for nationals so it was good to get experience on these waters. We learned a lot about the venue and had good, solid teamwork all around, using six sailors. It’s a long way before nationals but gives us a good taste for what it will be like.”
Of the 18-team national field, the Colonials edged out local rival Georgetown and host CofC for fifth, while Boston University took the title and was followed by Brown, Stanford and Dartmouth.
Skipper Riley Legault, along with crews Alexandra Fayer (races 1-4, 7-10) and Sarah Alexander (races 5-6) took a fourth place finish in a tightly contested B Division, edging out the Hoyas by a single point. The trio combined to win two races and had another pair of runner-up finishes, including in the final heat that secured the fourth place result.
In A Division, GW was also able to squeeze out a tight fifth-place finish, one point ahead of CofC. The team of skipper Miranda Bakos and crews Belle Strachan (races 1-4, 9-10) and Sarah Noyes (races 5-8) was strong down the stretch, finishing sixth, second and fifth in the final three races.
The Colonials return to the water this weekend with the GW Team Race March 4-5, while a coed team will also travel to Charleston for the Bob Bavier Team Race.
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