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Old Guard Intersectional at Navy

posted Apr 4, 2013, 5:41 AM by William Joumas   [ updated Apr 6, 2013, 2:34 PM ]
Old Guard Regatta at Navy (March 23-24)

After watching Villanova basketball’s disappointing loss to UNC on Friday March 22nd, we drove to Baltimore in anticipation of the Old Guard Intersectional at the U.S. Naval Academy that weekend.

On Saturday morning, following a quick trip to APS, the team was greeted by a puffy northwesterly rolling down the Severn River. Domenic Re ’15 and Scott Barnhill ’14 started in A division sailing FJs while Will Joumas ’14 and Patricia Kelly ’14 began in B division racing 420s. Throughout the day, inconsistent gusts of up to 18 kts sporadically appeared around the course, helping certain boats, while a nearby skipper could be dealing with just 5 kts of breeze. Difficult conditions allowed for only three races to be sailed in each division before the fleets broke for lunch ashore. Villanova got off to a tough start, but after A division made the switch from FJs to 420 before the last set of the day, Domenic and Scott showed noticeable improvement as they rounded the first windward mark in third, and held on for a seventh place finish. In B division, Will and Patricia sailed together in preparation of the upcoming qualifier, although Alex Heid ’15 and Caroline Carney ‘16 substituted during races 4B-6B so Coach Matt Newborn could coach Will and Patricia during in the non-stop two-division regatta format.

Sunday was much colder and lighter, forcing the race committee to move racing out of the river and into the Annapolis harbor. Six more races were sailed in both divisions with Domenic and Scott continuing in A division and Alex and Caroline taking over in B division. Although the end results do not appear great on paper, this was a good event for the team. With eight NEISA teams present, and some of the best teams in the country sailing their top pairs, the competition was tough and provided us with an opportunity to sail alongside some of the best in college sailing.

We would like to extend our appreciation to Lisa Barnhill, mother of Scott, for her gracious hospitality in housing our team in Baltimore for the weekend.
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