ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Bears Offshore team ended their season on the podium of the John F. Kennedy Cup, College Sailing's Big Boat National Championship by finishing 2nd overall. The event is hosted each fall by the Naval Academy and sailed in their fleet of Navy 44's. By virtue of the second place finish, the team was awarded the Lieutenant Jeff Stanley Memorial Trophy.
On Saturday, the 10 schools saw extremely light wind conditions and only allowed for two races that were extremely challenging for the competitors and race management team alike. The Bears got off to a slow start, finishing 5th and 7th in the two races and were in 6th overall for the day. With a sold forecast for Sunday, the team was ready to claw their way back into contention.
The John F. Kennedy Trophy was first sailed in 1964 and every year it is the most competitive regatta on the college big boat scene and 2019 was no exception. The College of Charleston sailed a consistent event and although they maintained the lead throughout, the Bears sailed an incredible final day posting the best score line of any team for Sunday and steadily moved up the leaderboard. Posting finishes of 5,1,2,3 to close out the regatta, the squad moved up from 6th to 2nd overall. This marked the biggest jump of any
CGA Sailing was represented by- Skipper Jesse McKnight with crew Toby Ferl on the bow, Gregory Gaskel and Megan Wadleigh trimming jib/spinnaker, Merrill Cline in the pit, Liam Long trimming main, Richard O'Leary on tactics, Kurt Biedermann on mast and Jared Gaudineer was the alternate.