MAISA Southern Spring Qualifier (April 18-19 2015)
Left to Right: Liz Day '18, Jack Dyment '18, Lawson Buckley '18,David Aldian '17, Austin Tipp '18, Julianna Lee '17, Dominic Re '15
The team had great success this weekend (April 18-19) at the MAISA Southern Qualifier. Sailors Dominic Re '15, David Aldian '17, Julianna Lee '17, Liz Day '18, Austin Tipp '18, Lawson Buckley '18, and Jack Dyment '18 traveled to the College of William and Mary in VA with the hope of qualifying for the America's Trophy.
Weather made Saturday a very beautiful day with temperatures reaching 85 in the afternoon but very light winds. A division skipper David Aldian with crew Julianna Lee sailed the first set, pulling out a sixth and second place to start off the day. B division skipper Dominic Re with crew Liz Day began their day with an eighth but were then able to bounce back and finish their set with a third. With the wind slowly dying, Aldian and Lee worked to sail fast, coming out of the second set with a sixth and seventh place. Re and Day the pulled off a fourth and a close second to UVA. With the wind coming to a near stop, Aldian and Lee were only able to sail one race, coming in third, before a wind delay was called. After a few hours of waiting, A division was sent back out to finish the set, Villanova earning a fourth place. Re and Day sweated through the light wind and got a second and third place for Nova. With the sun setting, Lee and Aldian were sent back out for one last set, coming in third and later seventh place. Nova ended the day with 61 points, only a close 11 behind third place Virginia Tech.
Day 2 held much more favorable winds, averaging around 8-10 mph in the morning. Re and Day started off the day in B division, coming off the water with two third place finishes. Aldian and Lee worked hard together, coming out with a fifth and eighth place. Re and Day continued their streak earning another third place finish before the wind quickly picked up, forcing crew Austin Tipp to sub in for Day. Re and Tipp finished off the set with yet another third place finish. With the wind gusting up to 15 mph, Aldian took out crew Jack Dyment for their set. The two hiked out continuously and pulled out a much needed fourth and third place for Nova. With the end of the day in sight, Re and Tipp went out for a final three races in B division. Working through the puffs, they were able to pull off two thirds and a fourth place finish, leaving them only two points behind Virginia Tech, who held the third qualifying spot. A division was sent out for one final, windy race of the day. The pressure was on for Aldian and Dyment to perform. The duo finished off the day with a well-earned third, two places in front of Virginia Tech, allowing Villanova to qualify by one point!
After a long, nail biting weekend, the Villanova team was able to head home with the promise of going to the America's Trophy two weekends later. Needless to say, none of this could have been done without the hard work of every member on the team and the excellent coaching of Matt Newborn. The team will be heading back to Virginia May 2-3 to sail at Old Dominion University in the America's Trophy.
Ocean County Spring Open (April 11 2015)
Saturday April 11th , Villanova sent a team up to New Jersey to sail in a regatta hosted by Ocean County College at Tom's River Yacht Club. The wind that day was shifty at best with gusts blowing anywhere between 10 and 30 knots. Domenic Re ('15) sailed A fleet with crews alternating between Alex Heid ('15) and Liz Day ('18), while David Alldian ('17), Julianna Lee ('17) and Lawson Buckley ('18) sailed in B fleet. By the end of the day, Villanova secured second place in A division and first place in B division. Overall, the team tied for first but was awarded second place due to a head-to-head tiebreaker. With only nine teams participating, the Race Committee called the regatta off for Sunday and everyone quickly left to enjoy the rest of their weekend. It was a great regatta to prepare for the spring qualifier the next weekend.
Left to Right: Liz Day '18, Julianna Lee '17, David Aldian '17, Lawson Buckley '18, Alex Heid '15 , Dominic Re '15
Despite Villanova’s university-wide break for Easter weekend, Coach Matt Newborn and four student-sailors made the six hour drive to Hampton University in Hampton, VA for the MAISA’s South Spring Qualifier, the site of the 2013 National Semifinals in May. One of the most important regattas of the spring season, the event was the qualifier for both the America’s Trophy (MAISA Spring Championship) as well as the Leroy Grant (a secondary championship regatta). As both of these regattas also affect the end of season rankings, it was imperative for us to qualify. With several days off from school for the break, we left on Friday morning and arrived in Virginia in time to practice with the Christopher Newport University team in Newport News.
Saturday morning was beautiful and sunny with temperatures reaching the low 60s, but with very little wind. After a lengthy sail out to the course, the breeze built to just about 4 kts and racing began. The wind oscillated and remained unsteady throughout the day, completely dying during some races and causing the RC to abandon others due to significant shifts. With rotations happening right off the beach, everyone ashore had easy viewing of the action on the course. Domenic Re ’15 and Scott Barnhill ’14 sailed each of the six races in A division while Will Joumas ’14 and Patricia Kelley ’14 sailed all six races in B division. Both boats had their ups and downs and the team finished Saturday within one place of qualifying for the Grant.
Sunday was forecasted to bring heavy winds and rain, but the breeze never quite filled as expected. A decision by the race committee to resail race 5A led to six races being sailed in A division and five in B, with racing continuing right up until the 3:00 pm deadline. By the last set, the breeze came up significantly and for the final race, 11B, Scott took the helm in B division and Will switched to heavy-air crew. However, after a stellar start, the pair was forced to retire from the race and they were awarded a breakdown due to problems with the mainsail. The goal for the day was to take back at least one spot and qualify for the Grant and we did so with a 20 point lead over the next place team.
We would like to extend our appreciation to Joe & Heather Re, parents of Domenic '15, for providing our lunches and dinners this weekend and to Craig & Jacalyn Quigley for their gracious hospitality in hosting our team for dinner on Saturday evening.
After watching Villanova basketball’s disappointing loss to UNC on Friday March 22nd, we drove to Baltimore in anticipation of the Old Guard Intersectional at the U.S. Naval Academy that weekend.
On Saturday morning, following a quick trip to APS, the team was greeted by a puffy northwesterly rolling down the Severn River. Domenic Re ’15 and Scott Barnhill ’14 started in A division sailing FJs while Will Joumas ’14 and Patricia Kelly ’14 began in B division racing 420s. Throughout the day, inconsistent gusts of up to 18 kts sporadically appeared around the course, helping certain boats, while a nearby skipper could be dealing with just 5 kts of breeze. Difficult conditions allowed for only three races to be sailed in each division before the fleets broke for lunch ashore. Villanova got off to a tough start, but after A division made the switch from FJs to 420 before the last set of the day, Domenic and Scott showed noticeable improvement as they rounded the first windward mark in third, and held on for a seventh place finish. In B division, Will and Patricia sailed together in preparation of the upcoming qualifier, although Alex Heid ’15 and Caroline Carney ‘16 substituted during races 4B-6B so Coach Matt Newborn could coach Will and Patricia during in the non-stop two-division regatta format.
Sunday was much colder and lighter, forcing the race committee to move racing out of the river and into the Annapolis harbor. Six more races were sailed in both divisions with Domenic and Scott continuing in A division and Alex and Caroline taking over in B division. Although the end results do not appear great on paper, this was a good event for the team. With eight NEISA teams present, and some of the best teams in the country sailing their top pairs, the competition was tough and provided us with an opportunity to sail alongside some of the best in college sailing.
We would like to extend our appreciation to Lisa Barnhill, mother of Scott, for her gracious hospitality in housing our team in Baltimore for the weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend was momentous for the Villanova Sailing Team, led by Coach Matt Newborn, as they sent their first-ever women’s team to the St. Mary’s Women’s Intersectional in St. Mary’s City, MD. With 15 of the top ranked women’s teams from around the country scheduled to attend, the level of competition at this regatta was possibly the highest we have ever faced. Among the fleet were seven schools from our region, MAISA (Mid-Atlantic), seven from NESIA (New England), two from SAISA (South Atlantic), and University of Hawaii flying in from PCCSC (Pacific).
Saturday morning was brisk with winds starting at about 5-7 kts out of the SE and brief periods of rain showers. Temperatures reached the high 50s, resulting in a beautiful, sunny day as racing progressed. Sarah Celone (’13) and Jen White (’16) began in A fleet sailing 420’s, while Tracy Grim (’16) and Caroline Carney (’16) began in B fleet sailing FJ’s. After a few races, the girls really started to sail well together with the A team finishing the third race in the top ten. The breeze quickly petered off in the early afternoon and a lunch break was called after only managing to fit in four races in A fleet and three races in B. A subsequent wind delay ensued and the afternoon proved to be less-than-ideal conditions for sailing with less than 5 kts of breeze and long periods of drifting on the course. The Race Committee was only able to get off one more race in each fleet and finally called off racing at 4:30 when conditions were determined to be unfit for further sailing.
Sunday morning brought more favorable sailing conditions with a 10-15 kts Northerly breeze. However, the competitors were met with hail storms in the early afternoon. A and B divisions switched fleets on Sunday with A moving to FJ’s and B changing to 420’s. Consequently, with the heavier breeze came a polarization between the experience of the other teams in comparison to the inaugural Villanova women’s team. However, after a midday crew switch between divisions, the Villanova girls seemed to hit the reset button on the day, and came back for a competitive finish!
With the level of arguably the fiercest the team has ever seen, we were pleased with our ability to remain competitive throughout the two days of racing. After further practicing and more regattas under our belt, we are certain that the next women’s regatta will see Villanova placing much higher.
After just one week of on-the-water practices, Sarah Celone '13, Scott Barnhill '14, Will Joumas '14, Domenic Re '15, Charles Rice '15, Nelson Rice '15, and Caroline Carney '16 travelled to our nation's capital to kick off the spring season at the Georgetown Team Race regatta. Led by Head Coach Matt Newborn, it was our first team race of the season and we were slated to sail against some of MAISA's most talented team racing programs in St. Mary's, Hobart William Smith, Georgetown, NY Maritime, and Fordham.
Sailors were met by cool March weather on Saturday morning and sailed the first round robin in the Washington Sailing Marina Lagoon with a 12mph breeze out of the Northwest. The second round robin was then sailed further south on the Potomac River. After two very difficult rounds, sailing was called for the day.
On Sunday morning our team arrived to find frozen jib sheets and icy boats thanks to the subfreezing overnight temperatures. After a slight postponement, racing commenced at Haines Point with a brisk 15-20mph NW wind. The combination of waves and wind made sailing at Haines Point quite difficult, leading to several capsizes. The fleet was sent back to the lagoon where the round was completed.
Although we finished out the weekend in 6th, we left with positivity and clear goals for the rest of the season.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Lisa Barnhill for hosting our team on Friday night in Baltimore and to the Griffith family for hosting us on Saturday night in Alexandria, VA. Their graciousness and support of our team is invaluable and we thank both families for making our trip possible.
Let’s start out by saying that the team could not have been more excited about qualifying to sail in the America’s Trophy this past weekend. Everyone worked incredibly hard this season to increase the competitive level of the team and we have seen the benefits. Last week provided us with near perfect sailing conditions, 10-15 kts of breeze and warm weather, every day. The forecast for Hobart and William Smith on Seneca Lake looked spectacular, calling for a similar 10-15 kt breeze both days and temperatures in the 60s. Unfortunately the weather gods did not cooperate and Saturday saw 8-10 kts petering out to nothing after only getting in 3 races. After a long postponement through most of the day, the breeze finally built a little. Scott Barnhill (’14) and Domenic Re (‘15) sailed the remaining race of their first set. Marisa Demourkas (’12) and Sarah Celone (’13) sailed a final A set before the wind shut off completely.
Having only completed 6 races, Sunday was a long day on the water with a report time of 8:30. The first race started a little after 9 in 4-6 kts. As the last races finished around 4 pm it seemed like we were finally figuring out how to put together some good races with the seniors, Andrew Sayre and Marisa Demourkas finishing 10th in the last A fleet race of the day, and Domenic and Scott pulling out a 4th in their last B fleet race.
This regatta was a bit of a wakeup call for the Villanova Sailing Team as it was the first time we had ever competed against the top sailors in our region. These guys (and girls) are good. Sailing always comes down to who makes the least amount of mistakes, and in light and shifty conditions where there are many mistakes to be had, the top teams sailed next to perfectly. The team rounded out the regatta finishing 16th out of 18 teams.
Needless to say the fire has been lit under the Villanova Sailing Team and the team is more motivated than ever to make a big push next season. The team’s final regattas of the season are this coming weekend with one team going to Georgetown to race in the prestigious Arrigan Trophy and another squad headed down to the Delaware Open regatta at Delaware University.
March 30 & April 1, Perth Amboy, NJ
The Villanova Sailing team competed at Raritan Yacht Club in Perth Amboy, NJ in the Central MAISA Qualifier hosted by Princeton University. This regatta is the qualifier for the America’s trophy at Hobart and William Smith in 2 weeks. The America’s Trophy is essentially MAISA’s spring championship regatta and the qualifier for national semifinals. The top 9 teams in the conference automatically qualify, and the remaining 9 spots in the 18 boat fleet get filled through a North, Central and South qualifier with the top 3 teams from each event moving on.
As an emerging club team Villanova has always been on the bubble of qualifying, but has not been able to make in happen since 2006. This year we were ready. We came in with the mentality that we were going to sail our hardest and make sure that our results showed it. With a strong group of 5 sailors, 3 skippers and 2 crews, we rolled up to Raritan Yacht Club Saturday morning ready to make a statement. Saturday saw great, albeit cold, sailing conditions with overcast skies and 12-16 kts of breeze. Since we were sailing FJs, our west coast FJ extraordinaire, freshman Domenic Re, headed out in A-fleet with sophomore crew Scott Barnhill. With the first race acting as a warm up, the two underclassmen figured out the racecourse and went 7 and 1 in the first two races. They set the bar high and backed it up with 3 bullets by the end of the day. With the breeze as it was Andrew Sayre along with fellow senior Marisa Demourkas went out in B-fleet and brought home consistent top 4 results almost all day. Saturday ended with the Villanova team leading the regatta by just one point after winning a tight protest over top competitor Stevens Institute of Technology!
Sunday morning greeted the team with a standard sailing situation of “hurry up and wait”. Wake up early, scramble to get breakfast, fly over to the regatta to make it there by 9 am only to find that there is no breeze. The teams waited around until approximately 10:30-11:00 before the wind filled to a consistent 5-7 kts out of the southwest. Domenic and Scott continued to sail A-fleet and junior Sarah Celone stepped in to helm the B-boat in the light air conditions. With each fleet only getting in 2 sets of races, Villanova Sailing was not quite able to maintain our position on the top of the fleet but we ended up in 3rd place, a qualifying position.
The team could not be more excited about qualifying and making it into the America’s trophy. The team will be training hard over the next 2 weeks to be ready to give a 110% when we compete at Hobart and William Smith with the goal giving it our all.
The Team Race Challenge of 2012 was the Villanova Sailing Team's first venture onto 3 on 3 team racing in recent memory (perhaps ever). Hosted by the United States Merchant Marine Academy, it featured, Cornell, University of Virginia, USMMA, Columbia, Fordham, Princeton, Washington college and us. Our team for the weekend was made up of seniors Andrew Sayre and Marisa Demourkas, junior Sarah Celone, sophomore Scott Barnhill, and freshmen Charles Rice, Nelson Rice, Alex Heid, and Domenic Re. This regatta is the qualifier for the team race conference championship, with the top two teams moving on.
Saturday dawned with no wind and a nice fog hanging over Eastchester Bay. Before long a nice 5-10 knot northeasterly breeze filled in and team racing began in earnest. One round robin was completed and another half over before the breeze shut off for half an hour before doing a 180 and filling in at 7 to 10 from the south. Villanova fought hard all day, with everyone making major contributions. While our record was only 4 wins and 10 losses, we sailed much better than our win total would indicate. Except for two early races against the teams that wound up being first and second and one later race where we had a boat erroneously called over early we held the lead in every race. We were particularly good downwind, often turning a losing situation into a winning one. Unfortunately we struggled with play recognition and winning the last beats; two sure signs of a young team in its first team race.
We finished the regatta tied for fifth with Columbia but losing the tie breaker to place sixth. If we had won all of the races that we were winning late we would have had at least 4 or 5 more wins, but as they say, ifs just won't cut it. The team is looking forward to building off of our team race experience this year and doing much better in this (and other team race regattas) in years to come. Next up for the team is a weekend of practice at Corinthian Yacht Club in anticipation of our qualifier for the Americas Trophy at the end of the month.
This past weekend five members of the Villanova Sailing Team gave up their second weekend of spring break to brave the cold and murky water of the Chester River at the Washington College 2 on 2. This was our first team race of the season and was held in Chestertown, Maryland. We arrived Saturday to a sunny and cold day with a WNW wind at about 8 knots and a strong ebbing tide. The wind today oscillated between WNW and N, often suddenly and without warning. The velocity was also highly variable. It was not uncommon for one side of the course to be in an 15+ knot puff while the other side of the course was totally becalmed. These shifty and puffy wind conditions put maintaining good balance on the course at an extreme premium. Our team sailed very well on the first day and amassed a very respectable 6 and 4 record by day's end against Washington College, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and William and Mary.
The second day of the regatta presented almost ideal team racing conditions with a very steady SW breeze around 8 knots building throughout the day to around 12-15. Unfortunately we didn't fare as well as we hoped, finishing the day with a 2 and 4 record to finish the regatta at an even 8 and 8. While we may not have won more races than we lost, the team got a very good introduction/refresher to team racing and was competitive in every race. WAC and Penn may have finished higher in the standings than we did, but we made them work for it harder than anyone else when they beat us. The team this weekend was made up of Trevor VonKaenel, Andrew Sayre, Patricia Kelley, Scott Barnhill, and Domenic Re. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Gibbons-Neff family for letting us stay at their beautiful family farm as well as coming out to watch us sail on Saturday. We also would like to thank the Barnhill family for coming out on the water to be our cheering squad both days despite the cold temps both days and rough river chop on Sunday.
This week should prove to be plenty busy for the team. Monday we will be launching our fleet of boats followed by practice Tuesday through Friday. This weekend we will travel to Kings Point to compete in the Team Race Challenge with the hopes of qualifying for the conference team race championships! Go Nova!