Photo: Hobart William Smith boat house on Saturday (left) and Sunday showing the spectrum of conditions sailors faced this past weekend. Credit: Chris Barnard
Each of the seven districts in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) will be hosting their nationals qualifiers in the coming weeks for the team and fleet race national championships held in late May in St. Petersburg, Florida. This past weekend, five members of Team USA45 Racing sailed in events from Florida to Boston, four of them in conference qualifiers.
Jake Reynolds, sailing for the College of Charleston, won B-division in the SAISA Fleet Race Championship by 22 points, a dominating effort that helped the Cougars secure the overall win by 31 points over second place USF. Charleston qualified for the National Fleet Race Semi-Finals in Hampton, Virginia April 27-28.
Nevin Snow (Georgetown), Jake Ladow, and John Wallace (St. Mary’s) sailed in the Captain Prosser Trophy, the MAISA Team Race Nationals qualifier, hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges with three berths for the APS Team Race Nationals at stake. Teams saw a wide variety of conditions, with nearly glassy conditions all day Saturday, and breezes clocked in the high 20s on Sunday. Georgetown and St. Mary’s tied for the win with records of 14-3, with Georgetown winning the tie breaker based off of head-to-head performance (3-0). By finishing first and second, both teams qualified for nationals May 25-27.
Even further north, Graham Landy led the Yale Bulldogs to a first place finish (13-4 record) at the 16 team Friis/Marchiando Team Race hosted by MIT and Tufts in Boston. The event is the last team race intersectional of the year, and an excellent final tune up headed into post season play featuring several of the top ranked teams in the country.
Coming up next weekend is the America Trophy, which is the MAISA Fleet Race qualifier, as well as the SAISA Team Race Qualifier, and the NEISA Fleet Race qualifier. With only a handful of nationals berths in each conference, expect the racing to ramp up in intensity in these finals weeks of the season.
To follow these events and see past results, check out scores.collegesailing.org for up to the minute updates over the weekend.