Fanning, Chicoine, and Britton Win B-Division at Penobscot Bay Open

Castine, Maine--Avery Fanning, a freshman skipper in his collegiate debut, with crews Jaimie Chicoine and Andrew Britton won B-Division and helped propel Coast Guard to a 7th place finish at the Penobscot Bay Open at Maine Maritime Academy.

Twelve races were completed in each division in conditions that varied from 15-18 knots on Saturday to practically drifting conditions on Sunday.  In all conditions, Fanning, Chicoine, and Britton prevailed, leading the division from start to finish.
Coast Guard won B-Division with 40 points, three races wins, and only two races outside of the top-5.

In A-Division, Bradley Milliken, Michael Caballero, and Christina Frost had a tougher weekend, posting several finishes in double digits and finishing 9th in their division with 118 points.
The team combined for 158 points and 7th overall.  Connecticut College won the event with 104 points.  Tufts was 2nd with 112 and Dartmouth was 3rd with 119.
 
"It was great to see the combination we had in B-Division get off to such a strong start this early in the season," commented head coach Brian Swingly. "Consistently starting well along with good decision making were the keys to their success.  They set the bar high and the rest of the team will have to follow suit."

At the Women's Toni Deutsch Trophy hosted by Massachusetts Institute for Technology, big breeze on the Charles River on Saturday created an exciting start to the women's season.  Ten races per division were completed in conditions that warranted storm jibs and reefed mainsails.  On Sunday, only four races per division were needed to finish the regatta, which were sailed in lighter and shiftier conditions.

The Bears struggled to find consistency, posting several low scores along with races where they found themselves near the back of the pack.

"The conditions were tough but nothing that should have been out of our league," said director of sailing Doug Clark.  "We'll be focusing on starts and attention to detail with this group in the coming weeks.  The potential is definitely there."

Lauren Cefali and Jennifer Lane were 9th in A-Division with 126 points.  Devon Rohde and Kayla Ellis were 6th in B-Division with 100 points.  The team combined for 226 points and 9th overall.


Yale won the season opener with 101 points.  Dartmouth was 2nd with 133 points and Brown rounded out the top three with 154.

At the Mt. Hope Bay Open hosted by Roger Williams University, Coast Guard finished 10th out of 17 teams.  Bradley Brown, Jade Schroeder, and Taylor Peace were 10th in A-Division with 39 points.  In B-Division, Ellen Kintz, Josh Moan, and Robert Turley finished 12th with 57 points.  Roger Williams won their home event.

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