St. Mary's City, Md. (June 3, 2014) – Today was the first day of the Gill Coed National Championship Semi-Finals, hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. The top 36 collegiate sailing teams in the nation reported to the regatta venue on the St. Mary's River in St. Mary's City, Md. to compete for 18 spots in the championship finals, which will begin on Thursday, June 5th.
The semi-finals are divided into two fleets, an Eastern and Western semi-final fleet, each with 18 teams. The top nine teams from each fleet will advance to the finals on Thursday. The sailors are racing on an inner and outer trapezoid course in both FJs and Z420s. Each fleet sails one type of boat one day and swaps boats the next day. Today, the Western fleet sailed in 420s on the outer course and the Eastern in FJs on the inner course.
This morning the skies were mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 70s, rising to the 80s by the afternoon. Clouds and a thunderstorm came through in the late afternoon.
Racing got underway around 9:30 a.m. today, but the winds were light and spotty at around 5 knots from the southwest and dying. The race officials were able to complete two races in A-division and B-division in both of the fleets this morning, but the wind died out and the sailors went to shore to wait for more breeze.
After trying to get on the water a couple of times this afternoon the breeze never filled in. A thunderstorm came through around 5 p.m. and the race officials were hoping for wind to fill after that, but unfortunately it still did not. By about 7 p.m. the officials called the racing for the day and they will try again tomorrow starting at 9 a.m.
Coast Guard is currently in ninth place with several teams within only a few points since there weren't many races sailed. Sailing for the Bears today was Avery Fanning, Robert Turley, Nikole Barnes, and Justine Morrison.
Follow live scores tomorrow by clicking on the 'results' link above.