Coed 8th, Women 1st at St. Francis YC Interconference

SAN FRANCISCO--(4/1/11)--The Sailing Team finished strong on day 2 of the St. Francis Yacht Club Interconference Regatta, sealing a 3rd place finish for the coed team and an 8th place finish overall for the women's team which was also 1st in the women's fleet. The event, which was co-hosted by Stanford University and St. Francis Yacht Club, brought together some of the best talent from the West Coast, along with the team from Coast Guard who had the one East Coast berth. In a stray from the norm, the women's and coed fleet were sailed together which made for a much larger fleet than normal with 31 boats on the starting line.

The regatta started on Saturday with rain and wind sustained around 20 and gusting into the 30s. The Bears got off to a rough start in both divisions as they got used to the puffy breeze and strong current that San Francisco is known for. They quickly adapted to the conditions, however, and by the end of the day the coed team was in 5th with the women's team in 11th.

Sunday brought a different direction but similar wind strength. As the day progressed, current became more and more of a factor as one side of the race course had a significant advantage over the other. Consistency in these conditions paid off which allowed for both teams to climb up the leader board.

In A-Division for the coed team were Bradley Milliken ('14), Amanda Hamlet ('12) and Michael Caballero ('14). They finished with 76 points for 4th in their division. Dylan Finneran ('15), Jaimie Chicoine ('14), and Caballero were 3rd in B-Division with 48 points and only one race outside of the top-10. The coed team finished 5th overall with 124 points.

On the women's side, Devon Rohde ('15) and Justine Morrison ('13) finished 8th in A-Division with 99 points. After getting off to a rough start they ended the regatta strong with all top-6 finishes to help the team move up the ranks. Lauren Cefali ('15) and Jennifer Lane ('15) were 8th in B-Division with 101 points. The women finished 8th overall with 200 points. They were also the top women's team and led that competition for the entire weekend.

Hawaii won the event with 77 points. UC Santa Barbara was just behind with 83.

The Bears will take next weekend off from competition to train for their upcoming New England Championships. The team will instead host Dartmouth, Bowdoin, and Connecticut College for a weekend long scrimmage.

The Coed New England Dinghy Championship for the USCGA Alumni Bowl will be on April 14-15 at Harvard with the Women's New England Dinghy Championship for the Reed Trophy the following weekend (April 21-22) at Boston College. Go Bears!

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