GW Sailing Battles Light Conditions for Improved Finishes
Helfand, Erin McCormack Win Saturday Race at Edward Teach Memorial
Sept. 16, 2012
HAMPTON, Va. & THROGGS NECK, N.Y. - The George Washington sailing team performed well despite dealing with light winds at both the SUNY Maritime Fall Open in Throggs Neck, N.Y., and the Edward Teach Memorial in Hampton, Va., during its second weekend of varsity competition.
In New York, GW dropped from seventh place after eight races on Saturday into an eighth-place finish following an additional three races on Sunday. The Colonials posted an 11-race team total of 186, while Navy captured the event's title with a team score of 69. Sailors battled a strong current on both days deep inside the Long Island Sound, with 12-16 knot winds on Saturday afternoon providing the bulk of the racing conditions.
GW's A Division team of seniors Ian Conners, Skye Kussmann (Races 1-2, 7-8) and Rebecca Engel (Races 3-6, 9-11) finished in ninth place with a trio of top 5 finishes amongst the event's 16 boats, including a weekend-best second-place showing in Race 5. The B Division crew of freshman Jay Spector and sophomore Meagan Murphy also finished in ninth, posting a trio of third-place showings amongst their four top 5 finishes.
All 13 races of the Edward Teach Memorial were held on Saturday as no wind on Sunday yielded no races for the eight competing teams and 16 boats. Nearby Old Dominion won the event with a combined team total of 74, while GW finished in fifth place with a team score of 200.
The A Division crew of senior Richard Sant and junior Sarah McCormack posted a pair of fourth-place efforts to finish in fifth in their division, while the duo of freshman Benjamin Helfand and junior Erin McCormack took first in Saturday's eighth race en route to a fourth-place showing in the B Division.
"There was a lot of current, something that we're kind of used to, but we could have sailed better," said head coach John Pearce. "Definitely some things we learned from the weekend, and I'm hoping that in the next couple of weeks we'll be putting in some better finishes."
GW is next slated to compete at the Princeton Women's Fall Open on Sept. 22 and 23, followed by both the MAISA Women's Fall Championship in St. Mary's City, Md., and South Fall #1 in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 29 and 30.