Sailing Ninth After Day One of Gill National Championship Finals

St. Mary's City, Md. (June 5, 2014) – The Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship continued today at St. Mary's College of Maryland on the St. Mary's River. The top eighteen collegiate teams in the nation advanced from the previous two days of competing in semi-finals to make it to the finals event today.

Racing got underway on time at 9:30 a.m. The conditions were some of the windiest this championship series has seen. The winds were 10-12 knots from the west-northwest causing whitecaps on the river. Temperatures were in the mid-70s. The winds were really shifty making for difficult racing. By the late afternoon the winds started to die and sailors were sent to shore to wait for breeze. After about an hour postponement, the race officials called the racing for the day.

A-division sailed in FJs and completed nine races and B-divison sailed in 420s and completed 10 races. The fleets sailed on trapezoid coursed in the morning and windward leeward four leg courses in the afternoon.

Coast Guard is currently in ninth after the first day of competition, well within striking distance of several teams ahead of them on the leaderboard.  The Bears started the day very strong, with several top five finishes in both divisions.  They then found themselves on the wrong side of a few big wind shifts which cost them crucial points.  

"As usual we were very quick today, and for the most part sailed smart," said head coach Brian Swingly. "A few minor tweaks to our game plan tomorrow will lead to more consistent finishes."  

Avery Fanning, Robert Turley, and Jaimie Chicoine are currently in fourteenth place in A-Division with 99 points.  In B-Division, Nikole Barnes and Justine Morrison are sitting in third with 75 points.

Racing is set to begin at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow, 15 minutes earlier than today to try and get a little extra time to race in the predicted light winds. No race can begin after 5 p.m.  

Follow scores live by clicking on the 'results' link above.

A live stream with continuous updates can be found here: http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/live-coverage/coed-nationals-coverage/

GO BEARS!!!

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