MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (May 31, 2017) – Today was the second and final day of the semifinals for the Gill Coed National Championship, hosted by the College of Charleston. The top 36 college sailing teams in the nation have been sailing on the Cooper River in Charleston Harbor, for 18 spots in the championship finals, which begin tomorrow, Thursday, June 1. The top nine teams from each of the semifinal fleets make up the 18 teams who have qualified to compete in the finals.
Today racing started on time around 10 a.m. in a light southwesterly around 8 knots under partly sunny skies. Temperatures were in the low 80s. The winds were light at times around 5-7 knots from the southwest and increased at times to 8-12 knots from the south. At the end of the day the winds were light again making it difficult to fight the ebb current and fit all of the races in today. The competitors are sailing in FJs and Z420s on windward-leeward courses with 3,4 and 5 legs.
The race officials got off as many races as they could given the time restriction completing six races in A-division in both fleets and eight races in B-division in the Eastern fleet and 7 races in B-division in the Western fleet. This makes the regatta total 12 races for the Eastern, but only the first 11 races will count for the Western fleet since B-division was not able to get the last race in before the 5 p.m. cut off time.
Coast Guard sat comfortably above the cut for the entire day and enjoyed a small battle for second place overall. Speed and discipline helped the Bears put together a consistent scoreline of mostly top-10 finishes. Nikole Barnes and Anna Morin finished seventh in A-Division with 76 points. Dana Rohde and Maddie Ekin finished third in B-Division with 65 points. The team finished fifth overall.
The scoreboard is wiped clean for the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship Finals tomorrow. The first warning for racing is at 10 a.m. The top 18 teams will be competing for the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy the next two days.
Top Nine Eastern Semifinals Final Results (12 races):
1. College of Charleston, 130
2. George Washington University, 146
3. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 154
4. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, 174
5. Fordham University, 175
6. Stanford University, 176
7. Roger Williams University, 180
8. Boston University, 188
9. Dartmouth College, 190
Top Nine Western Semifinal Final Results (11 races):
1. U.S. Naval Academy, 115
2. Yale University, 135*
3. Tufts University, 135*
4. Boston College, 137
5. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 141
6. Brown University, 146
7. Georgetown University, 147
8. University of South Florida, 169
9. University of California Santa Barbara, 181
*Number of high-place (1) finishes
For more regatta information visit the event website: http://2017nationals.collegesailing.org/
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