Sailing Wins Woollum Team Race

Riley Legault and Sarah Noyes helped GW finish third in B Division at the Navy Spring Women's
Riley Legault and Sarah Noyes helped GW finish third in B Division at the Navy Spring Women's
March 12, 2018

The GW sailing team performed well in two regattas over the weekend, taking fifth against a strong inter-conference field at Navy Spring Women’s and winning the Woollum Team Race at Christopher Newport University.


Against a 20-team inter-conference field, GW found itself in position for a podium finish as it was tied for third through 14 races in both divisions. The Colonials would settle for fifth with a score of 258, narrowly behind Hobart and William Smith (257) and Rhode Island (237). College of Charleston (156) was the run-away winner while Coast Guard (213) finished runner-up.

In B Division, four sailors combined to take third place thanks to top-half finishes in all but three races, and seven top-five finishes. GW took eighth in A Division.

“In B Division, Riley Legault and Alexandra Fayer sailed great with a third-place finish,” said head coach Billy Martin. “We were also thrilled to get Aitana Mendiguren and Sarah Noyes a couple races at the end. They also did well. It was really good to see everyone sailing well. In A Division Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan had a really solid event against what is probably the top intersectional of the spring.”


The top Team Race event of the weekend wasn’t able to be completed due to a lack of wind.

“We got through the first round-robin at 4-2 and we were actually looking really strong,” said Martin. “I’m excited we were building on a few things that we were working on from the weeks prior, so even though we didn’t get much racing in I’m really bullish on our team racing team this semester.”




Eight GW sailors helped compile a 13-2 record in the six-team event, with the Colonials matching host Christopher Newport for the best record and taking first place via the head-to-head tiebreaker. GW swept the third round-robin, with a 5-0 mark, after going 4-1 in each of the first two rounds.

“This really shows the depth of our team race team to be able to go to two different events and get a win here,” said Martin.


The Colonials will spend Spring Break practicing at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club before returning to action next weekend with the Graham Hall Team Race, Washington College Team Race and St. Mary’s Women’s Regatta.

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