GW Sailing Takes Sixth at Truxtun Umsted Regatta

Kai Friesecke and Riley Legault
Oct. 17, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The George Washington sailing team recorded a sixth-place finish against a strong 20-team national field at the Truxtun Umsted regatta at Navy last weekend.

The Colonials improved five spots from last year’s 11th-place finish at the Truxtun, which features two doublehanded and two singlehanded divisions.

Georgetown captured the championship and was followed by College of Charleston, Tufts, Coast Guard and Boston College. GW, Brown, Navy, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and Jacksonville rounded out the top 10.

“This was a fantastic result against a really tough field,” said head coach Billy Martin. “We had 16 races in four divisions going against some of the top teams in the country, so to finish sixth was really good compared to 11th place last year. Our doublehanded sailors did really well which is important going into the conference championships next week. Our singlehanded sailors looked really good too. Riley [Legault] is going to be well prepared for singlehanded nationals in Texas.”

In doublehanded competition, Brendan Shanahan and Andreea Ranney-Pace took sixth place in A Division that included three first-place finishes and two seconds. The duo was in first place after winning race 11 and taking second in race 12 before they were overtaken in the final four regattas.

In B Division, skipper Kai Friesecke and crews Katie Lounsbury (races 1-13) and Briggs D’Eliscu (races 14-16) took fifth. The trio combined to finish in the top half of the field in 12 of 16 races, including seven top-5 results.

 

 

Legault led GW in singlehanded racing, taking fifth place in D Division, while the Colonials took 12th in C Division behind Daniel DelBello (races 1-11, 15-16) and Wade Wagner (races 12-14).

GW turns its attention to championship racing next weekend as it heads to the MAISA Match Race Championships and the MAISA Women’s Fall Dingy Oct. 22-23.

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