GW Sailing Heads to St. Mary's, NYC for Third Weekend Regattas
Four Set for Challenging St. Mary's Intersectional, Helfand at MAISA Laser Qualifier
Sept. 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - While former sailors enjoy the inaugural Alumni Regatta and Raise High the Sails on the Potomac River on Saturday, the GW Sailing team will send five current sailors to compete at the St. Mary's (Md.) Intersectional and MAISA Laser 2nd Qualifier this weekend.
At the St. Mary's Intersectional in St. Mary's City, Md., freshman Brendan Shanahan will make his collegiate sailing debut in the A Division along with sophomore Henry Young, while rookie Colin Kennedy and senior Sarah McCormack will team up in the B Division.
"The St. Mary's Regatta is another challenging national event. Most of the teams will be nationally ranked and our goal is to continue gaining racing experience in that very competitive environment," said Head Coach John Pearce of the 18-team field that will feature nine nationally ranked coed programs. "At these top events, every mistake or miscue is very noticeable, so it serves as a very productive learning environment as we refine our technique and strategy."
Sophomore Benjamin Helfand will return to single-handed qualifying at the MAISA Laser 2nd Qualifier in Kings Point, N.Y., after competing at the MAISA Laser Qualifier in GW's inaugural varsity competition last September. Helfand will need a top-6 finish to join teammates Kennedy and Daniel DelBello at the MAISA Laser Championships on Oct. 12-13.
"The laser regatta will be a great event for Ben," added Coach Pearce. "He is one of our most improved sailors over the last year and this event is a great opportunity for him to race in individual competition."
Earlier this week, GW Sailing launched its 'Raise High the Sails' fundraising campaign in an effort to replace and build its boat fleet and compete among the best teams in MAISA and ICSA. The second-year varsity program will also host its inaugural Alumni Regatta on Saturday at the Washington Sailing Marina.