GW Sailing Places 11th in War Memorial Tune-Up at Kings Point
Oct. 21, 2012
KINGS POINT, N.Y. - Racing at the site of next weekend's War Memorial MAISA Fall Coed Championship, the George Washington sailing team finished 11th out of 20 teams at the Kings Point Dinghy Open this weekend.
GW totaled 372 points, while event winner St. Mary's (Md.) College amassed 156 points to edge Fordham (162), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (163) and Navy (173). Virginia (189), Old Dominion (228), Washington College (Md.) (251), Pennsylvania (266), SUNY Maritime (279) and Merchant Marine Academy (290) rounded out the top 10 ahead of the Colonials.
The 20 teams completed 16 races during the weekend - through 9A and 8B on Saturday afternoon and the remaining races on Sunday morning and early afternoon - with varying winds of 5-8 knots early each day building into the teens later each day.
"We had plenty of high points, and it was very good practice in this water, which is generally pretty choppy with a fair amount of waves and current," said first-year head coach John Pearce. "It was good preparation for next weekend's War Memorial."
A trio of Colonials sailed to 10th place in the A Division with 155 points highlighted by a trio of top five finishes. Seniors Ian Conners and Skye Kussmann paired for fourth-place efforts in Races #7 and #9. Conners was joined by Rebecca Engel in Races 1-5 and 10-12, while Conners and Kussmann sailed in Races 6-9 and 13-16.
Three Colonials also sailed in the B Division, finishing 15th with 217 points. Freshman skipper Jay Spector and rookie crew Henry Young piloted their boat to one top 10, a third-place showing in Race #2. Spector and Young sailed in Races 1-5 and 8-15, while senior Richard Sant crewed for Spector in Races 6-7 and 16.
GW returns to Kings Point next weekend for its most important regatta of its debut varsity season - the War Memorial MAISA Fall Coed Championship, which it qualified for on Oct. 7 with a fifth-place showing at the South Fall #2 Regatta.