@GW_Sailing Opens Spring Season With Two Weekend Regattas
Colonials to Compete at ODU Spring Open, First-Ever Tom Noble Team Race
Feb. 27, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. & CHESTERTOWN, Md. - GW sailing's quest to qualify for the 2014 ICSA National Championships begins with a pair of spring opening regattas this weekend at the Old Dominion Spring Open and the Tom Noble Team Race at Washington College (Md.).
The weekend schedule features a traditional, fleet-racing format at ODU as well as a team-racing format at the Tom Noble Team Race on the Chester River for the second-year varsity program.
At the ODU Spring Open, sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack will sail in A Division, and sophomores Benjamin Helfand and Henry Young will race in B Division. "We're sending a very experienced team and if they are consistent in each race, we will do very well in the overall standings," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce.
Three GW teams consisting of freshman Colin Kennedy and senior Sarah McCormack, freshman Daniel DelBello and junior Meagan Murphy, and sophomore Maria Sinagra and junior Matthew Ricci will compete at the Tom Noble. In team racing, three boats from each team compete against each other in head-to-head matches and compile a win-loss record over the course of the regatta.
"It is a very strategic and fast-paced style of racing, requiring great teamwork between our boats to get a win," said Coach Pearce. "This regatta is a great chance for us to tune up against some regional competition in MAISA as we prepare for bigger team racing events in the coming weeks."
The two events are among 18 scheduled regattas for the Colonials leading up to the ICSA Women's and Coed National Championships to be held in nearby Annapolis, Md., and St. Mary's City, Md., this May and June.