April 18, 2016
WASHINGTON - A last-second win at the Navy Spring Regatta helped the Georgetown sailing team continue its impressive spring season. The regatta, sailed at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., featured some of the best teams in the country. The Hoyas had to battle light winds and great teams from Charleston, Stanford and Navy to secure the two-point victory.
The conditions on Saturday were very difficult to sail in as the wind was NE 0-6 mph and very shifty. The wind was almost impossible to read, leading to a bit of luck playing into the first leg of the initial three races. Georgetown started out well in the A division with Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) and Meaghan MacRae (Melrose, Mass./Tabor Academy) staying consistently among the top 10. In the B division, Sean Golden (Duxbury, Mass./Tabor Academy) and Isabelle Luzuriaga (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) had trouble staying in the top group after the start and notched a 17 / 3 / 19 in their first three races.
After a short break, racing resumed and the wind shifted slightly more to the east, creating more favorable racing conditions. Snow and MacRae continued to sail well, finishing in the top five in each race and ended the day with a 25-point lead in the A division. Golden and Luzuriaga got back on track in their last four races, helping the Blue & Gray pull within two points of the Naval Academy for first place by the day's end.
Sunday saw light winds to the east again. GU started out well with a first-place finish in the A division, followed by an eighth-place showing in the B division to put the Blue & Gray in the lead. For the following five races, it became a two-team regatta between the Hoyas and the Cougars of the College of Charleston. In the A division, Snow and MacRae sailed well but the Charleston boat was a little better for the day, putting pressure on the B division duo of Golden and Luzuriaga.
Going into the last race of the event, the Cougars held a seven-point lead on the Hoyas. At the start of the last race, Golden and Luzuriaga forced the Charleston boat over the starting line early, forcing the Cougars to restart the race. The Hoyas also suffered a slow start but quickly made their way through the fleet. At the first mark, Charleston was in 19th and the Hoyas were in ninth, but CofC was sailing faster than the teams in the back of pack, making up points and spots quickly. Golden and Luzuriaga sailed a strong final leg to move into fourth place while the Cougars finished 13th, giving the Hoyas the two-point victory.
The Georgetown University sailing team will now switch its focus to the women's and coed fleet racing where the Hoyas have conference championships on April 23-24 and April 30-May 1, respectively. The Hoya women are currently ranked No. 4 in the country.
Overall Top 5 of 19
1. Georgetown, 142
2. Charleston, 144
3. Navy, 160
4. Stanford, 168
5. Old Dominion, 180
A Division (1st, 51 points): Nevin Snow / Meaghan MacRae
B Division (7th, 91 points): Sean Golden / Isabelle Luzuriaga