GW Sailing Set for Championship Racing

Oct. 21, 2016

WASHINGTON -- The George Washington sailing program will compete in a pair of championship regattas this weekend with its status as two-time defending conference champion on the line.

Winner of the last two MAISA Women’s Conference titles, the Colonials will set sail at the MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy at Old Dominion on Saturday, with racing set to conclude on Sunday. GW will also send a contingent to the MAISA Match Race Championships at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

“We have a really exciting weekend ahead of us,” said head coach Billy Martin. “For the match racers a berth to ICSA Match Race Nationals in San Diego is on the line. The women's team will be defending their last two conference championship victories at ODU and looking for a berth at the Atlantic Coast Championships at the College of Charleston.”

At the MAISA Women’s Fall Dinghy, GW hopes three of the four sailors that helped it capture its first conference championship a year ago can deliver a three-peat. Miranda Bakos, Belle Strachan and Madison Oleson were all key cogs in last year’s Fall Dinghy Championship. Bakos and Strachan, along with Emma Mendenhall, will race in A Division, while Oleson will join Riley Legault and Kia Olsson in B Division. Aitana Mendiguren and Sarah Alexander will serve as reserves.

 

 

GW will be in search of a top-two finish at the eight-team Match Race Championships, which would award a spot in the ICSA Match Race Nationals. Colin Kennedy (Skipper), Brendan Shanahan (Trimmer), Mercedes McPhee (Floater/Pit) and Wade Wagner (Bow) will sail for the Colonial Navy.

Scores for both events can be followed here.

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