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Georgetown Team Race Regatta

posted Mar 20, 2013, 3:13 PM by William Joumas   [ updated Mar 20, 2013, 3:15 PM ]
March 2-3, Georgetown University

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.
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