GW Sailing Completes Racing at Pair of Challenging Regattas
Great Success at Saturday's Inaugural Alumni Regatta
Sept. 29, 2013
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. & KINGS POINT, N.Y. - GW sailing closed the first month of fall competition with a 16th-place finish at the St. Mary's Intersectional and 20th-place showing at the MAISA Laser 2nd Qualifier on Sunday.
GW amassed 492 points to finish 16th at the challenging St. Mary's Intersectional in which half of the 18-team field is ranked in Sailing World's Top 20 Coed College Rankings. Top-ranked Yale ran away with the title with 114 points, 118 better than runner-up No. 4 Georgetown.
The A Division team of freshman Brendan Shanahan and sophomore Henry Young placed 17th with 238 points, highlighted by four top-10 showings including sixth in Race 10. The B Division duo of freshman Colin Kennedy and senior Sarah McCormack sailed to 16th place with 254 points and three top-10 finishes, peaking at third in Race 17.
"It wasn't the greatest weekend on the scoreboard, however, it was definitely a very productive weekend as we identified a bunch of things to work on in coming weeks," said Head Coach John Pearce. "It is beneficial to compete against the top teams and get good, measurable feedback against how we compare to them."
At the MAISA Laser 2nd Qualifier, sophomore Benjamin Helfand was unable to join rookie teammates Daniel DelBello and Kennedy in securing a spot at the MAISA Laser Championship in two weeks, finishing in 20th out of 20 singlehanded competitors with 274 points. Helfand posted a pair of eighth-place finishes in Races 4 and 11.
While this Colonials' quintet was on the road competing, the rest of the team joined GW sailing alumni for the inaugural Alumni Regatta at the Washington Sailing Marina on the Potomac River on Saturday. "The Alumni Regatta was a great success," said Coach Pearce. "We had a good turnout and a ton of fun. It's a good tradition to start for the coming years."
GW will return to St. Mary's City, Md., next weekend for the South Fall #1 Regatta, and also send its top women's teams to Geneva, N.Y., for the MAISA Women's Fall Championships.