Sailing Heads to Truxton Umstead Regatta at Navy

Miranda Bakos will pair with Brendan Shanahan in the A Division at Navy


Oct. 16, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The George Washington sailing team hits the midway point of the fall season this weekend as it is set to compete at the Truxton Umstead regatta at Navy.

GW will send a strong set of sailors to compete in the event which includes four divisions, two of them doublehanded and two of them singlehanded.

Skipper Brendan Shanahan and crew Miranda Bakos will race in the A Division while in the B Division, skipper Kai Friesecke and crew Mercedes McPhee will represent GW. In the singlehanded Divisions C and D, Colin Kennedy and Riley Legault will race for the Colonials. Alternate sailors for GW will be Belle Strachan and Henry Young.

"The Trux is a classic college sailing regatta, with four divisions racing on the same race course right in front of the Naval Academy," said head coach John Pearce. "All the top MAISA teams will be there to vie for the trophy, along with many of the best teams from elsewhere in the country. It's a great chance for us to show off our depth and to start peaking as we approach the end of the fall season in the coming weeks."

The Colonials will also have two teams competing at the Central Fall Open at the Washington College of Maryland. A smaller, regional regatta, it will present a good opportunity for many younger team members to get valuable regatta experience.

Racing on Saturday for GW will be: skipper Wade Wagner and crew Alexandra DelBello; skipper Derek Poon-Tip and crew Shira Golub; skipper Sarah Alexander and crew Gabriella Marki; and skipper Sam Mandell and crew Kia Olsson. On Sunday, GW's teams will be: skipper Sam White and crew Alexandra Fayer; skipper Emma Mendenhall and crew Matt Homa; skipper Drew Bennett and crew Michael Ince; and skipper Taylor Brimberg with crew Benjamin Helfand.



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