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ODU Fall Qualifier 2015

posted Oct 21, 2015, 10:52 AM by Sailing Officers   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 10:55 AM ]
Left to right: Liz Day, Jack Dyment, Lawson Buckley, Trevor Koerwer, Bailey Cornog, Pete McMillan

    The Villanova sailing team headed down to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia to sail in the Henry Luce Trophy, the second qualifier for the War Memorial this past weekend. In order to qualify, the team had to place top six (excluding ODU). Although the regatta fell on the second weekend of fall break, everyone was excited to compete.
Saturday featured a light to moderate breeze. Skipper Bailey Cornog ’19 and crew Lawson Buckley ‘18 went out to sail A division. The pair started off the day with a 9th and a 4th. Next, skipper Pete McMillan ’19 with crew Liz Day ’18 pulled out a 10th and 12th place. Cornog and Buckley went out for a second set, coming in 9th and 14th. Skipper Trevor Koerwer ’19 swapped in for B division with crew Day, coming in 2nd and 15th. In the final A division set, Cornog and crew Jack Dyment ’18 came off the water with a much needed 3rd and 7thplace. B division pair Koerwer and Day went out for the last rotation, solidifying a good standing with a 3rd and a 7th. At the end of the day, the Villanova team was only one point away from a qualifying position.
Sunday began with much heavier winds, averaging between 15 and 25 knots. A division pair Cornog and Dyment started off the day with a 5th and 10thplace. Starting the day off in B was Koerwer and McMillan who placed 5th and 8th, putting the team in a qualifying position. Cornog and Dyment added in a 9th, 15th and 5th. B division pair Koerwer and Day finished off the day with a 4th, 11th and 11th. The Villanova team worked hard the entire two days and ended up qualifying for the War Memorial for the second year in a row! The team’s next regatta is October 34-25 at Kings Point.