GW Sailing Wins Woollum Regatta

Sarah Alexander crewed the A Division boat for the Colonials who won the Woollum Regatta
March 14, 2016

The George Washington sailing team competed in a trio of races over the weekend and captured a first-place finish at the Woollum Regatta while taking fourth against a national field in the St. Mary’s Team Race.

Racing against a field of regional competitors, GW entered two boats at the Woollum Regatta and took first and third. Colonials 2 took the title with skipper Riley Engelberger and Sarah Alexander in A Division, and skipper Drew Bennett and crew Kia Olsson in B Division.

The freshman duo of skipper Marie Line and crew Sam Mandell raced in A Division, while Taylor Brimberg skippered and Benjamin Helfand crewed in B Division for Colonials 1 which finished third.

“It was nice to see our depth in winning a second-tier regatta over some of our regional competitors,” said head coach John Pearce.

At the St. Mary’s Team Race, GW competed with a strong national field in head-to-head racing and finished fourth behind host St. Mary’s, Navy and College of Charleston. The Colonials picked up victories over Boston College, Brown, Boston University, Hobart & William Smith and Cornell with a contingent of skippers Brendan Shanahan, Kai Friesecke, Andrew Sheerin and Sam White, and crew Belle Strachan, Riley Legault, Shira Golub and Alexandra Fayer.



“We were sailing against great competition and had one of our best finishes on the team race circuit, so that was a nice step forward,” said Pearce.

In GW’s third event of the weekend, the Navy Spring Women’s Regatta, sailors dealt with a lack of wind that resulted in no races being completed on Saturday, and just five on Sunday. The Colonials, represented by skippers Maria Sinagra and Mercedes McPhee and crew India Johnstone and Kelly Weigold, finished 10th in the 19-team field.

GW is using its week of spring break to train at the College of Charleston before returning to competition this weekend.

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