May 27, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's sailing team is currently in sixth place with 139 points following one day of sailing at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Sperry Top-Sider Women's College Sailing Championships. With 18 races completed, the Hoyas have tallied 139 points and are behind Boston College (114), Brown University (115), Yale University (116), Dartmouth College (127) and College of Charleston (131). The University of Rhode Island (141), Stanford University (149) and the United States Coast Guard Academy (151) round out the top half of the 18-team field. The Hoyas will have another 18 races (9 apiece in the A and B divisions) on Thursday to complete the regatta, held on the Narragansett Bay in Newport, R.I., hosted by Brown University, Salve Regina University and the New York Yacht Club.
Racing got underway at 9:30 a.m. ET and wrapped up just before 4 p.m. The temperature hovered around 70 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds. Much like Tuesday's conditions, the winds stayed strong, with the morning starting with southerly winds around 10-15 knots and slowly building to 15-20 knots as the day progressed. For the last races the wind was back down to roughly 15 knots.
The first day of the finals saw the A division sail Z420s while the B division sailed FJs with the divisions swapping boats on Thursday. The sailors are competing on windward leeward courses with three and four legs.
Where the first two days of racing saw straight-line speed as a winning tactic, the shifts and current played more of a role in addition to speed on the first day of the finals, especially to close out the day when the strategy was to play the left side of the course to stay out of the current.
The Georgetown University sailing team will continue to compete for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy on Thursday, the last day of the four-day regatta. Racing is slated for 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, with no race starting after 5 p.m.