Sailing Announces 2017 Schedule
Colonials to open season Sept. 9-10 with five regattas
WASHINGTON -- Following a 2016-17 campaign that saw GW sailing crack the top-five in the national rankings for the first time in school history and end the year with yet another strong showing at the ICSA National Championships, the Colonials have announced their schedule for this fall.
The fall slate will feature a mix of challenging intersectional regattas pitting the Colonials against top teams from the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) and NEISA (New England), as well as coed, women’s and laser qualifying events, and the MAISA, Atlantic Coast and ICSA Match Racing Championships.
Last season, the Colonials narrowly missed out on a second consecutive top-10 finish in the Fowle Trophy standings, which is awarded annually to the team with the best overall performance in the six ICSA Nationals (Match Race, Women’s Singlehanded, Men’s Singlehanded, Team Race, Women’s Dinghy and Coed Dinghy) based on a point system.
GW took 11th in 2016-17 after earning points in women’s singlehanded (Riley Legault, 10th place), men’s singlehanded (Brendan Shanahan, 10th place), coed dinghy (12th place) and women’s dinghy (13th place). After their 12th-place showing in coed dinghy, which was the best in school history, Shanahan and Kai Friesecke both earned individual honors as they were named GW’s first All-Americans.
This year, the Colonials will open a stretch of 10 consecutive competition weeks on Sept. 9-10 with four coed regattas (Riley Cup, Boehringer Memorial, Anderson Trophy, Laser South) and one women’s regatta (Radial Open).
A pair of qualifiers await two weeks later, as Old Dominion hosts the South Fall Qualifier and Navy hosts the MAISA Men’s Laser Qualifier. The MAISA Match Race Championship highlights the following weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
Championship racing continues the final four weekends of the season, beginning with the MAISA Fall Women’s Championship (Oct. 21-22), followed by the War Memorial, which serves as the MAISA Coed Championship (Oct. 28-29). The ICSA Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championships will be held Nov. 4-5 at the University of South Florida, before GW closes the season Nov. 11-12 with the potential for three events: the coed Atlantic Coast Championships, the women’s Atlantic Coast Championships and the ICSA Match Racing National Championships.
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