ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The women's sailing team advanced to the ICSA Women's Showcase Finals by finishing eighth at the Women's Showcase Semi-Finals/Jen Harris Trophy hosted by the US Naval Academy. The coed team finished fifth at their home Danmark Trophy, the first interconference regatta of the 2018-2019 season.
With the unseasonably warm weather, light air was the theme at all events on the East Coast this past weekend. Race committees at multiple regattas from Maryland to Rhode Island spent much of their time searching for breeze above the three knot minimum required to run races.
At the Jen Harris Trophy on Saturday, racing began in a light northwesterly during which the race committee was able to run four races per division. The Bears got off to a quick start in the morning, putting several top-5 finishes on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, the breeze eventually died and competitors were then sent to shore to wait for enough wind to sail.
In the afternoon, a light southeasterly filled, which allowed the race committee to get races started again. The Bears weren't quite as sharp in the new conditions but remained in the hunt for a qualifying position.
With an even bleaker forecast that proved to be true, just two races per division were completed on Sunday. In those four races, Coast Guard had only one double digit finish, and secured their berth to the Women's Showcase Finals.
Madelynn Widmeier and Anna Maria Vaccaro finished fifth in A-Division with 69 points. Darden Purrington and Halee Lewis were thirteenth in B-Division with 110 points. The team combined for 179 points.
The Danmark Trophy, hosted at the Jacobs Rock Sailing and Seamanship Center, featured twenty of the top teams in the country. The first interconference event on the calendar, the Danmark is historically one of the most competitive regattas of the fall season.
Unfortunately, the wind did not cooperate. Long wind delays during both days of competition and huge inconsistencies in the wind when it did fill kept the race tally to five per division.
Mack Fox and Christina Nothacker finished fourth in A-Division with 34 points. Andrew Widmeier and Brian Nelson finished eleventh in B-Division with 51 points. Coast Guard finished fifth overall with 85 points.
Stanford University won the 2018 Danmark Trophy with 63 points. Yale was second with 68 points and Connecticut College rounded out the top three with 78 points.
Photo courtesy of Rob Migliaccio.