GW Sailing Completes First Varsity Regattas on Sunday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. & NORFOLK, Va. - The George Washington sailing team concluded its first varsity regattas on Sunday with four races at the Riley Cup in Norfolk, Va., and six races at the Laser South in Annapolis, Md.
GW slipped one position to finish in 13th out of 17 teams at Old Dominion's Riley Cup. Only four races were held in a 10-15 knot northerly breeze that eventually died out, with the host Monarchs claiming the Cup with a total score of 85.
The Colonials' 'A' Division crew of junior William Broman and senior Rebecca Engel placed 14th with a 12-race total score of 154, while the 'B' Division duo of sophomores Alexandria Hitchcock and Madeline Taggart finished 13th in their division with a total of 138. Hitchcock and Taggart equaled their best finish of the weekend with an eighth-place showing in Sunday's second race.
"It was a fairly windy day in Norfolk with winds around 15 knots," said first-year head coach John Pearce. "These crews made some strides, and it was nice to get this group some experience. Hopefully they will take what they learned back to practice to share with the rest of the team to help make us better."
At the Laser South on the Severn River in Annapolis, senior Ian Conners climbed one position to finish in 16th place out of 18 sailors with a 16-race total of 243, posting a weekend-best finish of 10th in Sunday's first race.
Freshman Benjamin Helfand concluded his first varsity regatta in 18th with a total of 261, including a pair of 12th-place finishes in Sunday's second and sixth races.
"Sunday was a nice day of racing with lighter, shifty and challenging winds," said Coach Pearce. "Both of the guys made some big improvements in their technique and racing strategy."
Georgetown's Chris Barnard, last year's Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Sailor of the Year, won the event with a total score of 33.
GW returns to the water with the New York Maritime Open in Throggs Neck, N.Y., and the Edward Teach Memorial in Hampton, Va., next Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16.