MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (May 30, 2017) – Today was the first day of the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship Semifinals, hosted by the College of Charleston and the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Conference. The top 36 college sailing teams in the nation are vying for 18 spots in the championship finals, which will begin on Thursday, June 1.
The semifinals are divided into two fleets, an Eastern and Western, each with 18 teams. The top nine teams from each fleet will advance to the finals on Thursday. The sailors are racing on windward leeward courses with three, four and five legs in FJs and Z420s.
Racing got underway around 10:30 a.m. in light winds about 6 knots. Temperatures were in the low to mid 80s for most of the day. The race committee was able to complete four races in A-division and two in B-division when the wind became too light for the boats to sail against the current, so the officials went into a wind delay. At about 3 p.m. the competitors went out to sail again, but the northerly wind that filled in was still too light to fight the ebb current, so the race committee abandoned the race and postponed again.
Another breeze line came in and racing got started once again. The race officials were able to complete six races in A- division in both fleets and four races in B-division in both of the semifinal fleets. Racing finished up just before 7 p.m.
Coast Guard had a strong day and sit in third overall leading into the final day of the semifinals. Finding they had a speed advantage in the light air, the Bears were able to sail conservatively and put together multiple top-5 races. Sailing for the Bears on day one were Nikole Barnes, Maddie Ekin, Anna Morin, and Dana Rohde.
Racing will resume at 10am on Wednesday.
Top Nine Western Semifinal (6A, 4B races):
1. U.S. Naval Academy, 41
2. Yale University, 53
3. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 57
4. Tufts University, 59
5. Georgetown University, 70
6. Brown University, 71
7. Boston College, 74
8. Old Dominion University, 83
9. University of California Santa Barbara, 88
Top Nine Eastern Semifinals (6A, 4B races):
1. Dartmouth College, 55
2. Roger Williams University, 57
3. George Washington University, 61
4. College of Charleston, 62
5. Boston University, 63*
6. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 63*
7. Stanford University, 74
8. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, 76
9. University of Rhode Island, 78
*Number of high-place (1) finishes