Sailing To Vie for Coed National Championship

May 29, 2017

The Gill Coed National Semifinals of Sailing commence on Tuesday morning at 9am in Charleston, SC with the GW sailing fleet having advanced to the national semis for the second consecutive year. Looking to improve on last season’s 17th place finish in the nation, the Colonials have experience on the Charleston waters after claiming 13th in the country at women’s nationals last week.

Two 18-fleet semifinals will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday with the top half of each semi advancing to the 18-team finals on Thursday and Friday.

Competing for GW in A Division will be skipper Brendan Shanahan crewed by Andreea Ranney-Pace, backed up by Belle Strachan and Matt Homa. B Division will feature Kai Friesecke and Miranda Bakos, with Mercedes McPhee, Riley Legault and Briggs D’Eliscu subbing in.

Connor West will serve as a heavy wind specialist for the Colonials, while Derek Poon-Tip, Andrew Sheerin and Shira Golub will also compete for reps to aid the GW cause.



“Conditions are looking similar to last week,” noted Head Coach Billy Martin. “We learned a lot being here for women’s nationals. This venue has a lot of current, which makes it challenging to sail, especially with all of the top level competition. Keeping a clear, cool head the next few days will be very important because everyone is going to struggle at times in such a strong field.”

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