Georgetown Sailing Opens 2015 Fall Season with Wins at the Navy Laser Radial Regatta and the Riley Cup

Sept. 16, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University sailing teams opened the season with winning performances at Navy's Laser Radial Regatta and Old Dominion's Riley cup last weekend.

Women's Laser Radial Regatta (Annapolis, Md.)
Opening with the two-day Laser Radial Regatta, the women's team was led by newcomer Haddon Hughes. The freshman won the first five races while teammate Lola Bushnell (San Francisco, Calif./San Francisco Waldorf) took four second-place finishes and tallied a fourth-place showing. The event serves as a tune-up for the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Singlehanded Championship.

Maintaining GU's momentum, Bushnell registered a 1/1 in the first two races while Hughes recorded a 2/2. The two finished the competition with Hughes taking first in the 13-race event with 27 points and Bushnell securing second with 45 points in the 18-athlete field. Fellow Hoyas Rosie Edwards (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius College Prep) and Mary Kate Mezzetti (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) finished seventh and 11th, respectively.

1. Haddon Hughes
2. Lola Bushnell
7. Rose Edwards
11. MaryKate Mezzetti

Men's Laser Radial Regatta (Annapolis, Md.)
The men's laser radial regatta serves as the first round of qualifying for the MAISA Singlehanded Championships in October. The men's team was led by 2013 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Champion Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid). The veteran sailed consistently over the 13-race event en route to a 12-point win. His performance qualified him for the MAISA Championships in October.

Teammates Jack Marshall (Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols) and Clay Broussard (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist) each had a split performance, each recording one solid day of performances and one day of hindrances. Marshall struggled in windier conditions and missed qualifying for the MAISA Championships by four points. Broussard managed in the windier conditions but struggled in the shiftier weather. The duo still has a chance to qualify later in the season on Sept. 26-27.

1. Greg Martinez
7. Jack Marshall
13. Clay Broussard

Riley Cup (Norfolk, Va.)
Georgetown sent two teams to the Riley Cup for the first doublehanded event of the season, an event that helps the Hoyas determine how new sailors do in collegiate competition. After 14 races on Saturday both the gray and blue teams were tied for first, well ahead of the field.

The conditions at Old Dominion were great on both days with winds ranging between 10-20 mph. Sunday saw the windiest and waviest conditions but it had no effect on the Georgetown Blue Team. In the B division, freshman Campbell D'Eliscu and sophomore Meaghan MacRae (Melrose, Mass./Tabor Academy) won the last four races in a row to win the division for the blue team by 23 points. Junior AJ Reiter (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) and freshman Rebecca Fung won a division for the gray team followed closely by teammates Roger Dorr and Bettina Redway (Providence, R.I./St. George's) in second.

Overall (top 4 of 17)
1. Georgetown Team Blue, 83 points
2. Georgetown Team Gray, 108 points
3. St. Mary's, 138 points
4. Old Dominion, 142 points

Georgetown Team Blue, 1st (83 points)
A division: Roger Door / Bettina Redway, 2nd
B division: Campbell D'Eliscu / Meaghan MacRae, 1st

Georgetown Team Gray, 2nd (108 points)
A division: AJ Reiter / Rebecca Fung, 1st
B division: Andy Reiter / Haley Shea, 4th

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Hoyas will join forces with George Washington University sailing to represent the United States in the Performace Sailcraft Trophy versus the British Collegiate All-Star Team. The event is a 3-on-3 laser team race. Starting for United States will be Martinez.

This weekend the Hoyas will be sailing at the Nevins Trophy and New York Maritime Open in New York.

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