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America's Trophy

posted Apr 21, 2012, 3:00 PM by Marisa Demourkas   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 3:01 PM ]
April 14-15, Hobart William & Smith

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.