GW Sailing Ramps Up Schedule for Fall 2013 Season
Second-Year Varsity Program Aiming to Compete Among Best in MAISA, ICSA
June 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington sailing is scheduled for 14 fall regattas as it prepares to embark on the 2013-14 season - its second as a varsity program - in September.
As he continues to grow the program into one of the best regionally in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) and nationally in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), second-year Head Coach John Pearce has increased the scope and level of competition during the fall 2013 slate.
"Some exciting additions to the schedule are three 'intersectional' regattas, which will give us the chance to race against top competition from other conferences," said Coach Pearce. "We will also be competing in several Laser regattas. The Laser is the men's one-person boat that's used in the Olympics, and in college sailing it serves as the individual championships. We have several strong Laser sailors joining the team this year and we will be a strong presence at the MAISA Laser Championships this year."
Four of the opening five weeks of the fall will see the Colonials tested at these added events as well as mainstays from the inaugural season in 2012. The schedule could expand to as many as 19 events as the Colonials will look to qualify for five conference, regional and national regattas late in the fall.
GW's Laser sailors will have two chances to qualify for the MAISA Laser Championships hosted by Merchant Marine on Oct. 12 and 13 - at a South Qualifier hosted by Navy in Annapolis, Md., on Sept. 14 and 15, and a 2nd Qualifier at Merchant Marine on Sept. 28 and 29. A top-4 showing at the MAISA Laser Championships would land a GW sailor in the ICSA National Singlehanded Championships hosted by Brown on Nov. 9 and 10.
Coach Pearce has also added the Nevins Trophy Intersectional at Merchant Marine on Sept. 21 and 22, the St. Mary's College Intersectional in St. Mary's, Md., on Sept. 28 and 29, and the Navy Fall Women's Intersectional in Annapolis on Oct. 12 and 13.
The Colonials' primary goal for the fall will be to qualify for the War Memorial Regatta (MAISA Fall Coed Championships) hosted by Old Dominion on Nov. 2 and 3. They will have opportunities to clinch a spot via the South #1 hosted by St. Mary's on Oct. 5 and 6, and the South #2 hosted by Georgetown at their home Washington Sailing Marina venue on the Potomac River on Oct. 12 and 13.
A top-8 finish at the War Memorial will land GW a spot in the Atlantic Coast Coed Championships at the College of Charleston on Nov. 16 and 17.
After finishing last season at No. 7 in the MAISA conference rankings, GW's women sailors will aim for a top-7 showing at the MAISA Women's Fall Championships at Hobart and William Smith on Oct. 5 and 6 to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Women's Championships at Cornell on Nov. 16 and 17.
"It's going to be a challenging season with lots of chances to test ourselves against the best teams in the country," summed Coach Pearce. "We have a young, hungry team and gaining high-quality experience at the national events is very important. There is no doubt that we have the talent to turn some heads and shake up the pecking order as well, so it will be a lot of fun."
GW sailing's spring 2014 schedule will be announced after the MAISA regatta draft in the winter.