GW Sailing Makes Fall 2013 Debut This Weekend
Laser Rookies Set for Debuts, Returners Head to Riley Cup
Sept. 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington sailing begins its second season as a varsity sport this weekend with a pair of regattas, including the program's first foray into Laser sailing at the MAISA Laser South event in Annapolis, Md.
Along with a pair of sailors at the MAISA Laser South, second-year Head Coach John Pearce will also send nine sailors to the Riley Cup in Norfolk, Va., to give the Colonials a large contingent on the waters for opening weekend.
Freshmen Daniel DelBello and Colin Kennedy will make their collegiate sailing debut at the MAISA Laser South in Annapolis, competing against 18 other Laser-class, single-handed sailors from the likes of Georgetown, Monmouth, Navy, Old Dominion, St. Mary's (Md.), Penn, Virginia and William & Mary. "Ideally, we'd like to get both Daniel and Colin into the top six to qualify for the MAISA Laser Championships in Kings Point, N.Y., in October," said Coach Pearce.
At the Riley Cup, Coach Pearce is aiming for a "finish in the top half of the fleet" from a lineup consisting of nine returners from last season's debut varsity campaign.
The Colonials will send one mainly female team consisting of sophomore Maria Sinagra and junior Kaitlin Denney in A Division, and sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack in B Division, with senior Sloan Dickey serving as alternate crew. A second team of sophomore Jay Spector and junior Matthew Ricci in A Division, and sophomores Benjamin Helfand and Henry Young in B Division will round out the Colonials' fleet.
GW will sail against a pair of teams from Christopher Newport, Old Dominion, St. Mary's (Md.) and Virginia, as well as single teams from Georgetown, Hampton, Kings Point, UMBC, Navy, Virginia Tech, Washington College (Md.) and William & Mary.