ANNAPOLIS, Md.--(3/24/13)--The Sailing Team battled a strong fleet and tough conditions at the US Naval Academy this past weekend while competing for the Owen Trophy. The Owen Trophy is the annual battle of the "old guard" in college sailing, which represents the founding member schools of the sport. It is also the regatta at which the sailing point for the Superintendant's Trophy is contested between Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.
On Saturday, a steady northwesterly provided excellent racing conditions. The Bears thrived in these conditions and found themselves in good position to finish in the top-5 after Saturday's racing. Sunday, however, featured a light fickle breeze in which the Coast Guard squad failed to find their groove and thus slipped down the leader board.
"I was very pleased with the way we were sailing on Saturday, but there was clear difference in Sunday's performance," commented head coach Brian Swingly. "We obviously need to spend more time practicing in conditions similar to Sunday. We need to be more versatile."
In A-Division, Bradley Milliken and Robert Turley finished 7th with 147 points. Kayla Ellis, Michael Caballero, and Karisa Maurer finished 10th in B-Division with 159 points. The team combined for 306 points and 10th overall.
Yale won the event with 165 points. Connecticut College finished 2nd with 210 points and St. Mary's rounded out the top three with 233.
With Merchant Marine finishing 15th, Coast Guard adds one point to the tally for the 2013 Superintendant's Trophy.