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America's Trophy 2015

posted May 4, 2015, 5:48 PM by Sailing Officers   [ updated May 4, 2015, 5:56 PM ]
From left to right: Dominic Re '15, Liz Day '18, David Aldian '17, Austin Tipp '18, Jack Dyment '18, Julianna Lee '17, Lawson Buckley '18


        This past weekend (May 2-3), the Villanova sailing team traveled down to Old Dominion University in Virginia to compete in the America’s Cup Trophy. There, they raced against the best 18 teams in the MAISA division, the top nine of which move on to semis in Rhode Island. Although nervous, the team was very optimistic going up against competitive teams such as Georgetown and St.Mary’s. 
        Day one of the race featured favorable conditions with winds ranging around 8-10 mph. Skipper Domenic Re ‘15 with crew Liz Day ‘18 began the day in A division. The duo faced fierce competition but were able to pull out a 14th place for the first race of the day and worked hard to keep their place the rest of the day. Skipper David Alldian ‘17 with crew Julianna Lee ‘17 sailed the day in B division pulling out 5 mid-fleet finishes, leaving the Villanova team with a total of 151 points.
       Day two of the regatta posed a challenge for all teams with the wind reaching a max of 5 mph for the entire day. Alldian and Lee began the day in B division, continuing the set from the previous day. The pair came in an impressive 12th place. Re and Day headed out to the course, coming off with an 18th and a much deserved 11th. Unfortunately, the lack of wind inhibited B from getting off more races, canceling out the last two scores from Day and Re. The team ended with a final score of 179 points, only a single point behind the 16th place team, Webb. Although the conditions prevented the team for doing as well as they had hoped, we are proud of the hard work we put into the regatta and season as a whole. The scores can be found at:
        This weekend was not only the last regatta of the season but was the last college sailing event ever for senior Domenic Re who will be graduating in two weeks. The entire team would like to extend their thanks to Re for all of the hard work he has put into the program as a whole. The underclassmen are hopeful to lead the team as well as he did.