GW Sailing Fares Well at Four Weekend Regattas

Kai Friesecke and Mercedes McPhee were part of a second place outfit at Cornell.
Sept. 14, 2015

In four different MAISA regattas across the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, GW Sailing showed that it will be a force to be reckoned with once again coming off a historic year for the program last season.

Stormy conditions greeted sailors at the Laser South in Annapolis on Saturday, before skies cleared for a near perfect day of sailing on Sunday. The junior duo of Brendan Shanahan and Daniel DelBello claimed two of the coveted top six spots in the regatta to advance to the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men's Singlehanded Championship. Shanahan finished in 2nd among 20 sailors with first place finishes in Races 2, 4, 5 and 12; while DelBello’s steady sailing saw him finish in the top six in seven of the 13 races, highlighted by a second place finish in Race 2.

“Brendan and Dan did a really good against a very good fleet,” said Head Coach John Pearce. “Brendan showed again that he’s right up there with the best, and Dan did a great job.”

Also held in Annapolis, the Radial Open saw the same weather as the Laser South. The GW trio of freshman Riley Legault, freshman Sarah Alexander and sophomore Taylor Brimberg placed 3rd, 6th and 12th among the 18 sailors, with each finishing near the top of the pack in certain races. Legault led the field in Race 9 and 13, while Alexander claimed 3rd in Races 1 and 5, and Brimberg finished 2nd in Race 8.

At the Riley Cup at Old Dominion, two teams of Colonials took to the waters with choppy and somewhat stormy conditions throughout the weekend. The freshman duo of Wade Wagner and Alexandra DelBello in A Division and sophomore Riley Engelberger and Madison Oleson in B Division sailed the ‘Colonials’ entry to a 7th place finish out of 17 teams, highlighted by a pair of 2nd place finishes for the B Division in Race 1 and Race 4, and a 2nd place tally for A Division in Race 6. For the ‘Buff and Blue’ entrant, junior Colin Kennedy and freshman Emma Mendenhall raced in A Division, while senior captain Jay Spector and freshman Marie Line took control of B. Spector and Line claimed 3rd place in Races 5 and 9, while Kennedy and Mendenhall peaked at 4th in Races 10 and 12 for the 11th place ‘Buff and Blue’ boats.



GW’s fourth regatta was the Jack Boehringer '52 Memorial Regatta – Cornell’s Fall Open - which welcomed two teams of Colonials to relatively still conditions on the water. ‘Colonials 1’ was skippered by sophomores Kai Friesecke and Sam White, with freshmen Mercedes McPhee and Alexandra Fayer crewing, respectively. ‘Colonials 1’ took home second place at the regatta, with Friesecke and McPhee taking first in Race 5, while White and Fayer won Race 2. For the third place-finishing ‘Colonials 2’ boats, freshmen Andrew Sheerin and Derek Poon-Tip skippered, crewed by sophomores Belle Strachan and Shira Golub. Sheerin and Strachan won Race 4, while Poon-Tip and Golub peaked at 3rd in Race 6 amongst the 18-boat fleet. Host Cornell won the event.

“Overall it was a good weekend,” affirmed Pearce. “We showed some nice depth and were able to really compete across the region at four different MAISA regattas, and finish toward the top at all of them. It really shows the depth that our team features this year.”

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