GW Sailing Qualifies for Atlantic Coast Women’s Championship

Miranda Bakos and Belle Strachan
Oct. 24, 2016

Amidst difficult conditions at the MAISA Women’s Championship, the GW sailing team took sixth place among a 17-team field to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championship in two weeks.

GW, which came into the weekend as two-time defending conference champion, saw sailing canceled on Saturday due to high winds before the competition was limited to six races on Sunday. Miranda Bakos, Belle Strachan (races 1-3) and Emma Mendenhall (races 4-6) led the Colonials to a fifth-place finish in A Division, while Riley Legault, Madison Oleson (races 1-3) and Kia Olsson (races 4-6) were seventh in B Division.

By virtue of the sixth-place finish, the Colonials earned a spot in the Atlantic Coast Championships which will be held in two weeks at College of Charleston.

GW also competed in the MAISA Match Race Championships at Kings Point over the weekend, finishing seventh of eight teams.

“It was a really tough and competitive event,” said head coach Billy Martin of the Match Race Championships. “It was really windy and cold, blowing 21-25 knots most of the day on Saturday -- really aggressive, extreme conditions with big waves, which really made it challenging. Day two was even stronger with gusts over 30 knots and ended up being a tough regatta for us.”

“They had similar conditions at ODU for the MAISA Women’s Championship,” said Martin. “Saturday there was no racing because conditions were too dangerous. On Sunday they only got six races in but we were able to finish sixth which is great because it qualifies the women for the Atlantic Coast Championships in two weeks, so it’ll be exciting to train and get ready for that.



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