Nov. 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing team won the War Memorial Regatta last weekend, the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Coed Conference Championship that features the top 18 teams in the conference. This was the fourth-consecutive year the Hoyas claimed the title, this year sailed at SUNY Maritime on the East River between the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges.
The forecast for the weekend called for a nor'easter to rip through the New York Area on Saturday and Sunday with high winds and rain. Saturday's conditions were a little calmer than predicted with winds NNE between 10-18 mph. The shifty nature of the wind coupled with the strong East River current made it very difficult to remain consistent. However the Georgetown A division duo of Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) and Katia DaSilva (East Greenwich, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) made the conditions appear to be a non-issue. The pair finished the day with 13 points in eight races and held a 21-point lead in the A division.
The B division team of Alex Post (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) and crews Katie Olsen (East Dennis, Mass./Cape Cod Academy) and Bettina Redway (Providence, R.I./St. George's) were not quite as consistent but they managed to end the first day in third place and only three points out of first in the B division.
Sunday morning the sailors arrived to a steady NW wind gusting close to 40 mph. Racing was postponed until 1 p.m., when the wind died down to about 20-25 mph. The B division started with Post and AJ Reiter (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) sailing together. Of the two races that were sailed, there were multiple capsizes and sailors struggled to keep their boats under control. The Hoyas tallied a third-place and 11th-place finish in the two races and clinched the victory for the Blue & Gray.
The win gives the Hoyas the top-ranked schedule for the 2015 season and qualifies the Hoyas for the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship, held Nov 15-16 at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
Overall top 5 of 18: 1. Georgetown (61) 2. SUNY Maritime (85) 3. Old Dominion (103) 4. Navy (111) 5. St. Mary's (121)