GW Sailing Sets Sights on Nationals With 2014 Spring Regatta Schedule
Colonials Seek Continued Climb in MAISA in Effort to Reach Nearby ICSA Nationals
Dec. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - Second-year Head Coach John Pearce has charted GW sailing's "hardest schedule" to date for the upcoming spring 2014 racing season as the Colonials aim to compete against the nation's best and qualify for nearby ICSA Nationals in May and June.
"This is the hardest schedule that we've had to date, with an emphasis on competing against the top teams in the country," said Coach Pearce. "This reflects our goal of breaking into the top six teams in MAISA, breaking into the national rankings, and qualifying for the ICSA National Championships at the end of the season."
The spring slate will feature 18 scheduled events over nine weekends from March 1 - April 26, culminating with the MAISA Women's and Coed Spring Championships in April.
GW opens the spring at the Old Dominion Open in Norfolk, Va., and Tom Noble Team Race at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., March 1-2, in the first of several team races for the Colonials in the first half of the spring season.
"Team Races are a new discipline for the GW sailing program and a great challenge," said Coach Pearce. "Team Racing features 3-boat versus 3-boat matches between teams in a round-robin format, with each team compiling a won-loss record over the course of the regatta. We will be diving right into the thick of it, with the goal of gaining experience in Team Racing this year and building on that in future years."
The second half of the season will focus on traditional fleet racing leading up to the MAISA Women's Spring Championships at Cornell on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y., April 19-20 and the America Trophy MAISA Coed Spring Championships at Merchant Marine in Kings Point, N.Y., a week later.
Those two events will serve as the qualifiers for the ICSA Women's National Championships at Navy in Annapolis, Md., May 27-30, and the ICSA National Championships at St. Mary's (Md.) College in St. Mary's City, Md., June 3-6.
"We're really excited to take on the very best competition this spring and raise our performance to the next level," summed Coach Pearce. "It's going to be a big challenge, but this is a motivated, hungry team that is ready to be pushed. I'm confident that we will continue to grow and improve, and put up some big results along the way. It's a very exciting time for this program."