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Cornell Fall Open

posted Sep 22, 2011, 2:06 PM by Marisa Demourkas   [ updated Sep 27, 2011, 7:29 AM ]
September 10-11, 2011, Cornell University

Summer has come to a close and Villanova University Sailing is back at it again. Our first regatta was the Cornell Fall Open in Ithaca, NY. Everyone was eager to get back out on the water and do some college racing. With a couple new Freshman in tow, we took a group of nine people to not only race but do a bit of team bonding as well.

 Saturday proved to be a nice day. The sun was out and there was about 5 to 10 knots of breeze. We sent out the first pair and they came back with a bullet in the first race, not a bad way to start the season off! In general, we had our ups and downs and experimented with a number of different pairings on the water. After racing we had a cook out and enjoyed s’mores around the campfire.

Sunday was a bit lighter and the race committee was only able to run 3 races. In the end, we definitely learned about the strengths of our new team. We ended up sixth overall. Not horrible but definitely leaves room for improvement for the rest of the season.

We are all really excited for the future of our team.  We have a lot of good, strong talent and are hoping to have an exceptional season.