Bears Win Admiral Moore Team Race
Bronx, N.Y.—(3/26/14)—Coast Guard Sailing won the Admiral Moore Trophy Team Race hosted by SUNY Maritime with a record of fourteen wins and seven losses. This marks the program's first victory in a team race interconference regatta in over 20 years.
Team racing, one of six disciplines in which a National Championship is awarded in college sailing*, consists of three boats from one team sailing against three boats from other team. Unlike in fleet racing where teams carry the points for finishing places throughout the course of the regatta, teams carry win/loss records while matching up directly with each other team in the event. Team racing is an exciting and highly competitive aspect of college sailing that the Bears are working hard to become a threat in.
Despite the cold temperatures and unpredictable wind, the race committee ran two full round robins plus a final four totaling almost 100 races during the weekend. The Bears felt right at home with the strong current and shifting breeze on the East River, all too similar to that of the Thames.
Coast Guard opened the regatta going undefeated in their first six races before posting their first loss against the Hoyas of Georgetown. In the first two round robins, the Bears only lost five races and were on top of the leader board going into the final four.
The final four, consisting of Coast Guard, Fordham University, SUNY Maritime, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges proved to be a battle of evenly matched teams. Hobart was able to win all three of their races in close battles, while each other team recorded one win and two losses. Hobart's charge in the final four left the Statesmen and the Bears tied at the end of the event. With no competition time remaining for a sail-off between the two schools, the scorers resorted to the head to head record, which favored Coast Guard 2-1.
Coast Guard won the Admiral Moore Trophy Team Race with a final record of 14-7. Hobart also finished with a record of 14-7 and finished second. Fordham rounded out the top-3 with a 13-8 record.
Sailing for the Bears at SUNY were Michael Caballero, Jaimie Chicoine, Dylan Finneran, Avery Fanning, Robert Turley, and Nikole Barnes.
The Women's Team also had a successful weekend at the Charleston Women's Interconference hosted by the College of Charleston. The Bears were in a close battle for the top-3 with four other teams going into the final race and ended up 5th overall with 115 points, only two points out of 3rd.
Devon Rohde, Justine Morrison, and Jennifer Lane were 3rd in A-Division with 54 points. In B-Division, Kayla Ellis, Lane, and Morrison were 6th with 61 points.