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Washington College 2v2 Team Race

posted Mar 13, 2012, 9:28 PM by Marisa Demourkas   [ updated Mar 13, 2012, 9:32 PM ]
March 10-11, 2012, Washington College

This past weekend five members of the Villanova Sailing Team gave up their second weekend of spring break to brave the cold and murky water of the Chester River at the Washington College 2 on 2.  This was our first team race of the season and was held in Chestertown, Maryland.  We arrived Saturday to a sunny and cold day with a WNW wind at about 8 knots and a strong ebbing tide.  The wind today oscillated between WNW and N, often suddenly and without warning.  The velocity was also highly variable.  It was not uncommon for one side of the course to be in an 15+ knot puff while the other side of the course was totally becalmed.  These shifty and puffy wind conditions put maintaining good balance on the course at an extreme premium.  Our team sailed very well on the first day and amassed a very respectable 6 and 4 record by day's end against Washington College, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and William and Mary.

The second day of the regatta presented almost ideal team racing conditions with a very steady SW breeze around 8 knots building throughout the day to around 12-15. Unfortunately we didn't fare as well as we hoped, finishing the day with a 2 and 4 record to finish the regatta at an even 8 and 8.  While we may not have won more races than we lost, the team got a very good introduction/refresher to team racing and was competitive in every race.  WAC and Penn may have finished higher in the standings than we did, but we made them work for it harder than anyone else when they beat us.  The team this weekend was made up of Trevor VonKaenel, Andrew Sayre, Patricia Kelley, Scott Barnhill, and Domenic Re. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Gibbons-Neff family for letting us stay at their beautiful family farm as well as coming out to watch us sail on Saturday.  We also would like to thank the Barnhill family for coming out on the water to be our cheering squad both days despite the cold temps both days and rough river chop on Sunday.
This week should prove to be plenty busy for the team.  Monday we will be launching our fleet of boats followed by practice Tuesday through Friday.  This weekend we will travel to Kings Point to compete in the Team Race Challenge with the hopes of qualifying for the conference team race championships!  Go Nova!