GW Sailing Charts Path for Success With Fall 2014 Schedule
Colonials Set Sights on Top-20 Ranking, Laser National Championships
July 24, 2014
WASHINGTON - GW sailing has set its fall schedule for the 2014 season and the third-year varsity program will seek to continue to improve its standing in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) and solidify a position as a top-20 team in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).
The fall slate will feature a mix of challenging intersectional regattas pitting the Colonials against top teams from MAISA and NEISA (New England), as well as Coed, Women's and Laser qualifying events with the goal of competing for MAISA and Atlantic Coast Championships.
GW is slated for a possible 10 consecutive weeks of competition beginning with its fall debut at the Riley Cup in Norfolk, Virginia and the MAISA Laser South Qualifier in Annapolis, Maryland on Sept. 13-14.
The interconference schedule is highlighted by strong coed events at Kings Point's Nevins Trophy (Sept. 20-21), St. Mary's Interconference (Sept. 27-28) and Navy Fall Intersectional (Oct. 18-19).
"This will mark the first time competing in the prestigous Navy Fall Intersectional as a varsity team and it will be one of our big focus events for the fall," said Head Coach John Pearce. It's a four division event, with A and B Division in doublehanded boats (FJ and 420) and C and D Division in singlehanded boats (Laser and Laser Radial). We will be very strong in the singlehanded boats this year, so we will be looking to beat some top ranked teams at that regatta."
The Colonials' top men's Laser, or Singlehanded, sailors will have two chances to qualify for the MAISA Men's Championships in Kings Point, New York, on Oct. 11-12 - via top-six showings at either the season-opening South Qualifier or the Second Chance Qualifier also at Navy on Sept. 27-28. GW is also slated to send competitors to the MAISA Women's Singlehanded Championships in Annapolis for the first time in its varsity history on Sept. 27-28.
A top-four finish by either the men or women at the MAISA Laser Championships will net a trip to Bellingham, Washington for the ICSA Singlehanded Nationals on Nov. 8-9.
"The singlehanded national championships are a major goal for our men's and women's laser sailors. We have an excellent group of singlehanded competitors in our freshmen and sophomore classes and I really want to see GW represented at the ICSA Singlehanded Nationals in November," added Coach Pearce.
The women's dinghy slate is headlined by the MAISA Women's Fall Championship on Oct. 4-5 in Annapolis with the goal of a top-eight finish to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Women's Championship in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Nov. 15-16.
GW's coed schedule features the South Fall Qualifier in St. Mary's City, Maryland on Oct. 4-5, with the top-four finishers advancing to the War Memorial MAISA Coed Fall Championship hosted by SUNY Maritime in Bronx, New York on Nov. 1-2.
The top-seven teams from the War Memorial will move on to the Atlantic Coast Championship in New London, Connecticut on Nov. 15-16, while the next seven teams will compete in the Atlantic Coast Tournament in Geneva, New York that same weekend.