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Hoyas Win MAISA Women's Championship!
Apr 22nd, 12:51

 

Georgetown Women’s Sailing Team wins 2014 MAISA Spring Conference Championship – Qualifies for the ICSA Women’s National Championship

 

 

After a difficult season that Fall and Spring season that saw the team unranked for the first time in many years, the Georgetown Women’s Sailing Team finished the regular season by winning the conference championship this weekend.  This was an amazing turnaround for the team. 

 

The Women’s team started the fall season ranked #8 in the country and were returning a group of seniors who had been starters since their sophomore year.  During the first week of practice Nancy Hagood, the sole all-American on the team, was lost for the year with a concussion.  This forced a reshuffling of roles on the team and their were some growing pains.  Despite a 2nd place finish at the fall conference championship the Hoyas failed to earn a national ranking due in large part to a 15th place finish at the Fall Atlantic Coast Championships in November. 

The Hoyas started off the spring season with a few good regattas that brought them back into the national rankings but they were still far off the pace of the best teams.  The girls made it their goal to become faster and better starters and after months of hard work they put their skills to the test this weekend at Cornell. 

 

The MAISA women’s championship features the top 14 schools in MAISA with the top 6 qualifying for the National Championship.  The US Naval Academy ranked #4 in the country was heavily favored to win the event.  The last spots would be up for grabs among St. Mary’s, Hobart, Old Dominion, GW, Hampton, Cornell, Fordham and Georgetown. 

 

The weather Saturday was perfect on Cayuga Lake.  Winds were NNW at 10-15mph with some higher gusts.  A decent wave pattern made for surfing conditions on the run legs.  From the start of race 1 the Hoyas became the team to beat.  In A division MaryKate Mezzetti skippered with Amanda Taselaar crewing.  This was a new combination featuring or two starting skippers sailing together.  Despite having limited time in the boat together Amanda and MK sailed great.  They started the regatta with a 2,2,1,1 to stake the Hoyas to an early lead.  After a set of 14, 9 a switch was made in A.  Amanda skippered with senior Merritt Moran as crew.  That duo scored a 7,2 to end the day which gave the Hoyas a decent lead over Navy.  On Sunday MK and Amanda started again and had four good races to end the event in 3rd overall just 6 points out of 2nd place. 

 

The real surprise of the regatta was the Georgetown B division boat of Katia DaSilva and Bettina Redway.  Katia and Bettina are the starting crews for the coed team and had never raced together in a regatta.  They were by far the fastest boat on the water.  They won 5 of the first 8 races.  When the breeze picked up a bit Madeline Higgins subbed in for Bettina and scored a 1,3 to end the day.  By the end of the 14 race regatta Katia Bettina and Madeline had opened up a 40 point lead in B division.  The Hoyas beat Navy by 11 points to claim the overall win. 

 

The Hoyas qualified for the ICSA Women’s National Championships May 27-30 at the US Naval Academy.

 

 

MAISA Spring Women’s Conference Championship @ Cornell

A div. 3rd w/ 69 points MaryKate Mezzetti, Amanda Taselaar / Amanda Taselaar, Merrit Moran

B div. 1st w/ 31 points Katia DaSilva / Bettina Redway, Madeline Higgins

 

Overall (Top 5)

1.   Georgetown     100

2.  Navy                    111

3.  Old Dominion   142

4.  Cornell                 167

5.  Hobart                170

 

 

 

 

The Hoyas coed team finishes their regular season this weekend at the America Trophy @ Kings Point.  The America Trophy is the MAISA Conference Fleet Race Championship and qualifier for the ICSA Coed National Championship.

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Hoyas Qualify for ICSA Team Race Nationals
Apr 9th, 11:00

 

The Georgetown University Sailing Team finished 2nd at the Captain Prosser Trophy this weekend and clinched a berth to the ICSA National Championship.

 

 

MAISA Conference Team Race Championship.  Prosser Trophy @ Navy

Overall Top 4

1. St. Mary’s    18-3

2. Georgeotwn   17-4

3. Navy 15-6

4. Old Dominion  10-11

 

 

The Prosser Trophy is the Conference Championship for team racing and its generally considered the toughest regatta in MAISA.  The format of the event is a triple round robin among the top 8 teams in the conference.  The Hoyas who started out strong this spring were coming off their worst performance of the year where they went 8-13 at the Szambecki Team Race.   The Hoyas Achilles heel all year has been sailing in big breeze.  Unfortunately the forecast at Navy for Saturday was 15-35mph winds.  Despite the unfavorable conditions the Hoyas were flawless on Saturday going 15-1 including 7-0 in the first round.  The Hoyas used 8 different crews, subbing constantly to keep everyone from getting tired out.  At the end of the second round the Hoyas had already clinched a berth to the National Championship.  Sunday’s conditions were very light and shifty with the wind dying throughout the morning.  The Hoyas lost a close race to Navy and then followed that up with a loss to St. Mary’s.  The Hoyas led in both races but made some critical mistakes on the last leg of each race.  The loss to St. Mary’s meant the Hoyas would finish 2nd in the Regatta.  While disappointed in not winning the conference championship the Hoyas are excited to be participating in the ICSA Team Race National Championship May 31- June 2. 

 

 

Sailing for the Hoyas were

Skippers: Nevin Snow, Alex Post, Sean Golden

Crews: Katie Olsen, Katia DaSilva, Isabelle Luzuriaga, Bettina Redway, Amanda Taselaar, Eliana Michaels, Isabelle Teare, Jack Gerli

 

 

 

The Hoyas will be competing in two events this weekend

 

Arrigan Regatta @ Georgetown

Trux Regatta @ Navy

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Hoyas win John Jackson Team Race and Graham Hall Team Race
Mar 18th, 11:44

 

Hoya Coed Sailing Team wins two regattas

 

The Georgetown University Coed and Women’s Teams were very busy over the last two weekends competing in four regattas.  The results are as follows:

 

John T. Jackson Memorial Team Race

Hoya Sailors

Nevin Snow / Katia DaSilva

Sean Golden / Isabelle Luzuriaga

AJ Reiter / Eliana Michaels

Massimo Mazzolini / Katie Olsen

 

Overall Results  (Top 5)

1.  Georgetown                   15-2

2.  St. Mary’s                        14-3

3.  Connecticut College     10-7

4.  Boston University         9-8

5.  Stanford                           7-7

 

 

The John Jackson Team Race Regatta is named in honor of John Jackson ’03 who was a member of the sailing team while at Georgetown.  John passed away in a traffic accident during the summer after he graduated and this regatta was founded by his friends and teammates to honor his memory.  This is the only interconference regatta that Georgetown hosts and this year we were lucky to have three great teams from outside our area – Stanford, Connecticut College and Boston University.

The sailing conditions could not have been any better – nice winds and great spectating made the event the best on the east coast.  The Hoyas sailed quite well on their home waters and despite two losses in close races they ended up with a record of 15-2 which was good enough to win. 

John’s parents were in attendance once again to see the hoyas win.  The Jackson’s have been great supporters of the sailing program and it was great to have them back in DC for the weekend.

 

 

 

Following the win at the Jackson Team Race and a week of sailing over Spring Break the Hoyas traveled to Navy last weekend to compete against 15 other teams at the Graham Hall Team Race.  The Graham Hall is the biggest team race of the year and almost every top team was there.  The format was a single round robin against every team followed by a final four to determine the champion.  The racing was close and intense with lots of evenly matched teams.  In the end the Hoyas came out on top with an impressive record of 16-2.  Our only losses came to Yale (15-3) and Dartmouth (8-7).  This was another impressive win for the Hoyas as they continue their quest for another national championship. 

 

Overall Results

Top 8 of 16

1.     Georgetown      16-2

2.     Yale                      15-3

3.     Navy                     13-5

4.     Charleston           13-5

5.     Brown                   11-4

6.     St. Mary’s             11-4

7.     Dartmouth            8-7

8.     Tufts                       8-7

 

Georgetown Sailors

Nevin Snow / Katia DaSilva, Liz Mullarney

Sean Golden / Isabelle Luzuriaga

Alex Post / Bettina Redway, Eliana Michaels

 

 

 

The Hoya Women’s team began the semester unranked but they have steadily risen up the ranks with some impressive regattas.  The now #8 ranked women’s team competed in two events over the past two weekends.  The results are as follows:

 

Navy Spring Women’s

A div.  7th MaryKate Mezzetti / Madeline Higgins, Hollis Dana

B div. 5th Claudia Taselaar / Amanda Taselaar

 

Overall (top 5 of 20)

1.     Yale

2.     Navy

3.     Stanford

4.     MIT

5.     Georgetown

 

After stuggling a bit in the fall we have moved some combinations around on the women’s team to see if we can get some better results.  At least for the Navy regatta it worked.  In A division Marykate and crews Hollis and Madeline did a great job in tricky conditions to finish in 7th.  In B freshman Claudia Taselaar got her first start and with her sister Amanda crewing, finished in 5th overall.  This was a really impressive performance for a freshman in her first regatta and we hope the success continues.  Amanda and Claudia worked really well together and combined great boatspeed with great tactics. 

 

The success at Navy was tempered a bit by a mediocre performance at the St. Mary’s Women’s Regatta last weekend.  The puffy and shifty conditions seemed to befuddle the Hoyas.  We did have some good races and showed some flashes of brilliance but we had too many double digit finishes. 

 

Overall  out of 18

1.     Yale

2.     Dartmouth

3.     Rhode Island

4.     Charleston

5.     Brown

14. Georgetown

 

A div. 15th MaryKate Mezzetti / Maggie Kelly

B div. 14th Merritt Moran / Lyssa Fresse

 

 

This weekend the Hoyas will be competing in three events.  Here are the lineups

 

Admiral Moore Team Race @ SUNY Maritime

Jack Gerli / Genevieve Burgoyne

Massimo Mazzolini / Katie Olsen

AJ Reiter / Eliana Michaels

Extras: Chris Kelly, Sam Oldroyd

 

Szambecki Team Race @ ODU

Nevin Snow / Isabelle Teare

Sean Golden / Isabelle Luzuriaga

Alex Post / Bettina Redway

Extras: Liz Mullarney, Brian Poirier, Jack Welty

 

 

Charleston Women’s Intersectional

A div. Amanda Taselaar / Madeline Higgins

B div. Katia DaSilva / Emily Fung

 

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Hoyas begin Spring 2014 Season
Mar 4th, 14:00

 

The Georgetown University Sailing Team began its Spring Season this past weekend with two events.  The results are as follows:

 

 

Bob Bavier Team Race @ College of Charleston

Georgetown Team

Nevin Snow / Katia DaSilva

Sean Golden / Isabelle Luzuriaga

Alex Post / Bettina Redway

 

Overall Results

1.  Yale                          17-4

2. Stanford                  15-6

3. Georgetown           15-6

4. Charleston              12-9

5. Boston College      10-8

6. St. Mary’s                  9-9

7. Navy                        8-10

8. South Florida        3-15

9. Old Dominion       1-17

 

The first team race intersectional of the spring featured many of the top teams in the country.  It was evident from the start that some teams have been practicing and others have been iced out in the long winter.  The Hoyas have been on the water since Feb 1 and despite some initial rustiness they came prepared and sailed well.  The regatta had a double round robin followed by a final four round robin.  The Hoyas went 7-2 in round 1 and then stumbled a bit in round two going 5-4.  We made the final four with Yale Stanford and Charleston and won all three races.  Beating the top three teams in a row is hard to do and we left the regatta feeling confident about our abilities and our chances to win another National Championship.

 

 

Georgetown Team Race

Team 1 AJ Reiter / Eliana Michaels

               Jack Gerli / Maggie Kelly

               Massimo Mazzolini / Liz Mullarney

Team 2 MaryKate Mezzetti / Hollis Dana

                Amanda Taselaar / Genevieve Burgoyne

              Merritt Moran / Brian Poirier

              John Andril, Sam Oldroyd / Chris Kelly

 

 

Overall

1. Hobart   9-1

2.  Navy  7-3

3. Fordham  6-4

4. Georgetown  4-6

 

The Georgetown Team Race, our first home event of the semester, featured a mix of top teams and 2nd teams from MAISA schools.  Hobart, with their top team, won the event.  Their only loss came in the first round vs. the Hoyas.  The Hoyas started three freshman skippers in round 1 and they finished 5-1.  Their only loss coming at the hand of Navy.  In round 2 the Hoyas sailed their women’s team as well as a few upperclassmen skippers.  This group did not fare as well as they went 0-5 losing 5 really close races.  Its still early in the year so hopefully this group will improve and start winning the close ones.

 

 

The Hoyas have two regattas coming up

John T. Jackson Memorial Team Race @ Georgetown

Navy Spring Women’s Regatta @ Navy

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#1 Ranked Hoyas win Coed Atlantic Coast Championship
Nov 19th 2013, 13:42

 

#1 Ranked Hoyas Coed Team wins Coed Atlantic Coast Championship.  Women’s Team finished 15th at Women’s ACC’s.

 

This weekend had some mixed results for the Hoyas an outstanding finish to the Coed Fall Season and a disappointing one for the Women’s Team.  About the only thing the two regattas had in common was a long van trip to both locations.  Long van rides are part of the game and it’s certainly something that all Georgetown Sailors have endured.  The technology of today makes the van rides much more enjoyable.  Satellite Radio and Wireless internet are game changers when it comes to 10 hour van rides.  It makes them only seem like 9 hours! 

 

The coed team traveled to the College of Charleston to compete against the top 18 teams from the East Coast.  The only top 20 team missing was Stanford.  Charleston now has two fleets of boats -18 420’s and 18 FJ’s.  This allows them to move the racecourse out into the Harbor and avoids the narrow racecourse and strong currents next to the USS Yorktown museum.  The Hoyas competed with the same team that won the MAISA Conference Championship two weeks earlier.  The results were pretty much the same.  New England’s top teams Yale and Dartmouth were expected to finish 1-2 in the event.  Yale’s top team hadn’t lost a dinghy regatta all year and they have so much depth that their fourth or fifth best skipper is all-American caliber.  The regatta was sailed in light and shifty conditions with the sea breeze barely filling in at the end of each day.  The light conditions are not our favorite but we tend to excel in them since we practice in similar conditions almost every day.  Both A and B division started well for the Hoyas and by race 3 we were in first place and never gave back the lead.  Charleston and Old Dominion stayed close with us for most of the event but each team had some bad races that kept them behind us.  In A division Nevin Snow and Katia DaSilva were once again the most consistent team on the water.  They didn’t win many races but kept in the top 10 most of the time.  In the end they won A division by 13 points.  In B Alex Post and Bettina Redway started out with a win but had a few bottom ten races that kept them out of the lead in B.  (They ended up fourth in B.)  Going into the last race we held a 14 point lead over Old Dominion.  In that last race the wind was very fickle and the fleet spread out pretty quickly after the start.  Alex and Bettina had a rough start but were able to get clear air almost right away and headed out to the favored left side of the course.  They rounded the first mark in 3rd and gradually worked their way into first place to win the last race and clinch the victory for the Hoyas.  This is the 3rd time we have won the Coed Atlantic Coast Championships.  We first won in 1998 with a team of Ryan Costello, Dana Scalere, Andy Herlihy, Alston McCall, Gavin Weiss and John Camera.  We won again in 2010 with Charlie Buckingham, Scott Furnary, Ashley Phillips and Kate Canty. 

 

The Coed ACC’s is by far the most competitive regatta of the fall double handed season.  The win should keep the Hoyas ranked #1. 

 

The Women’s team did not fare as well.  The long ride up to Cornell and some bad luck in the first few races took its toll on our psyche.  In the first A race Amanda Taselaar and Genevieve Burgoyne won the pin and headed to the favored side of the course.  They held a sizeable lead around the first mark and kept that lead for three of the four legs of the course.  On the final run the wind basically shut off and the race became a drifter.  As is often the case the wind filled in from behind and since the entire fleet was behind Amanda and Genevieve it was not a good turn of events for us.  We went on to finish 14th in the race.  B division with MaryKate Mezzetti and Elizabeth Mullarney also had its ups and downs.  We had some great races with finishes in the top 5 and some races where it seemed like we could not catch a good shift.  The girls kept their spirits up and were able to move up the leaderboard to finish 15th of 18.  It was not our best effort but we are confident we will do much better this spring when it counts. 

 

 

The Hoyas have one more regatta left this season.  The ICSA Match Race National Championship will be held November 22-24 at the University of South Florida.  Sailing for the Hoyas will be Nevin Snow, Alex Post, Katia DaSilva and AJ Reiter.  

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Greg Martinez '16 win the ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship!
Nov 12th 2013, 12:28

 

Greg Martinez ’16 wins the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship!  9th National Championship for Georgetown Sailing

 

 

It may sound cliché but last weekend was a great weekend to be a Hoya!  Not only did we win our 9th National Championship behind a spectacular performance by Greg Martinez, but we had the whole Georgetown Sailing Family chip in to help out.  Last weekend showed why Georgetown Sailing is the best team at Georgetown and the best sailing team in the country.

 

Winning National Championships has sort of become the norm for us.  Within the halls of McDonough there is much less buzz about Championship #9 then Championship #1.  Its almost as if the other coaches and administrators expect that we will win each time we compete.  That expectation should in no way diminish the outstanding individual performance that Greg Martinez put up this weekend.  The ICSA Men’s Singlehanded Championship was sailed in Newport, RI November 8,9,10.  The 18 race regatta was sailed in some of the coldest sailing weather we have seen in a while.  The breeze averaged about 15mph with higher puffs.  Each race was about a half hour long and the wind chill was in the 30’s.  I barely survived sitting on the coach boat!  For Greg to sail at a consistently high level throughout was simply amazing.  But, what made this win even more remarkable was the talent level of the competition.  Within the 18 boat fleet there was the reigning ISAF Youth World Champion Juan Perdomo (Harvard),  the El Salvadoran Olympic Laser Sailor Enrique Arathoon (College of Charleston), past ISAF Youth World Champion Ian Barrows (Yale) and 4 time National Champion Laser Sailor Mitchell Kiss (Yale).  Also sailing were All-Americans, High School National Champions and Olympic hopefuls.  The fleet was stacked.  If you polled the other coaches they would have said the regatta would be won by one of the four sailors mentioned above.  I doubt anyone would have chosen Greg.  Greg proved them all wrong. 

 

Consistency was the deciding factor in the regatta.  In the first ten races of the regatta Greg got a first, 7 seconds and two thirds.  That helped Greg to a 16 point lead.  The Charleston Sailor fouled twice and got DSQ’d for not doing his penalty.  The Yale sailors fell behind in the big breeze.  The Harvard sailor stayed close to Greg and at the end of day two was only 12 points back. 

 

The last day was a stressful one.  Six races left and 12 points between 1st and 2nd.  The wind was blowing between 15-18 and the strong current made the racing less tactical and more about the start.  Win the pin and go left and you win the race.  The Harvard sailor won the pin in the first four races and Greg was more conservative choosing to stay towards the middle of the line.  With a one side favored course Harvard rounded first at the windward mark almost every time.  Greg would round about 8-10 and then catch boats each leg to finish anywhere from 3-5.  Harvard chipped away at the lead and it was down to 6 points going into the last race.  We kept expecting Harvard to try and match race Greg before the starts but they were content with trying win the races and hope that Greg would have a bad one.  The stress level on the coach boat and spectator boats was high for the last race.  The current was slacking off and a huge storm cloud was approaching from Jamestown, RI.  Harvard again won the pin and Greg was up the line near the boat.  The storm cloud brought a right shift, which favored the boats near Greg, and he rounded the top mark in 2nd with Harvard in 8th.   Greg covered Harvard the rest of the race finishing 6th in the race and winning the National Championship by 10 points. 

 

Over the 18 race regatta Greg was never OCS, never fouled and never finished out of the top 10.  It was that amazing consistency that proved to be the difference maker.  Greg never got rattled, never panicked and never made a bad move on the course.  It was an amazing win over an amazingly talented fleet of sailors.  The fact that its our 9th for GUST should not diminish in any way what Greg accomplished.  It may be the single best performance at a national championship regatta by any GUST sailor. 

 

What made the win that much sweeter was all the help that GUST parents and sailors and alums provided over the course of the weekend.  Greg had four teammates come up to Newport to root for him and provide shore support.  Eliana Michaels, Lexi Coudert and Amanda and Claudia Taselaar paid their own way to Newport to support Greg.  Pieter and Nina Taselaar brought Greg’s parents on the water for the final day to see their son win the championship.  Peter John’s past FGS president was the head judge for the regatta and his presence on the water kept the racing fair.  While Singlehanded Nationals were going on the team was training for Match Racing Nationals in St. Petersburg, FL in two weeks.  Without any Sonars of our own we are at a big disadvantage.  However, once again the GUST family pulled together to make a difference.  Past FGS President Vince Behm arranged for the team to use two sonars at the Hampton Yacht Club this weekend.  Vince and his wife Amy housed and fed our match racing team and their son Chris ’08 took some time out of his busy schedule to hang out with the team.  While Janel and I were coaching our Singlehanded and Match Race teams we needed a third coach to drive a third team to Coast Guard and coach a team racing regatta.  Dan Eichler ’13 stepped up to the plate and came down from Providence to coach our team racers. 

 

It took a total team effort from sailors, parents and Alums to make everything work this weekend.  The amount of supportive emails and texts from parents and alums throughout the weekend was fantastic.  Like I said at the beginning it was a great weekend to be a Hoya. 

 

We now have to change our recruiting pitch just a bit.  Its now 9 National Championships for GUST.  Add that two cross country and men’s basketball and Georgetown has a total of 11 National Championships total.  Is there any doubt that we are the best team at Georgetown?!

 

 GUST National Championships

Team Racing 2001, 2006

Fleet Racing 2008, 2012

Men's Singlehanded 2003,2005,2006 (Andrew Campbell)

                                 2011 (Charlie Buckingham)

                                2013 (Greg Martinez)

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Hoyas win War Memorial Regatta!
Nov 5th 2013, 11:11

 

Hoyas win War Memorial Regatta

 

The Georgetown University Sailing Team competed in two events last weekend.  The results are as follows:

 

 

War Memorial Regatta @ Old Dominion – 18 Teams

A div. 1st Nevin Snow / Katia DaSilva

B div. 3rd Alex Post / Bettina Redway, Isabelle Teare

 

Overall

1.     Georgetown

2.     Old Dominion

3.     St. Mary’s

 

 

The War Memorial Regatta is the MAISA Coed Conference Championship for the Fall Season.  It features the top 18 teams from the conference and is typically the hardest in season event of the year.  It also helps determine a teams schedule for the following year so there is a lot on the line.  The regatta was sailed at Old Dominion University in their fleet of FJ’s.  Saturdays forecast was for light wind and that’s basically what we had.  A light westerly of about 4-8mph.  We started out a little slowly with a 9,8 in A division.  Nevin and Katia had trouble getting off the pin and either fouled or were second row.  They were able to salvage two top tens but they were not at their best.  We needed a good set in B division and that’s exactly what we got.  Alex Post and Bettina Redway started out with  a 3,1.  They sailed fast and smart and that gave the team a great amount of confidence.  Nevin and Katia then went out and dominated A division.  They got a 2,1,1,2 in the next four races and never finished worse than fifth.   Alex and Bettina got a 1,1 in their next set and the Hoyas jumped out to a big early lead.  Unfortunately Alex had to withdraw from a race with incidental contact off the starting line.  That added 20 points to our score and put us in a fight for first place with Navy, St. Mary’s and Old Dominion.  We ended the day with a 5 point lead.  The forecast for Sunday was for NW winds 20-25 mph.  It was more like 15-20 but it was still windy when we arrived.  Alex and Isabelle Teare had a great start in their first race but fouled on the layline and had to spin a 720 putting them in 14th.  They did win the next race but our lead was down to 1.  The rest of the day saw a seesaw battle with ODU, St. Mary’s and Georgetown each taking the lead and then giving it away.  This time around it was the other teams who had bad races in the end and the Hoyas finished strong.  With just a few points separating 1st from 3rd going into the last race the Hoyas needed to sail well to win.  Alex and Isabelle did just that winning wire to wire.  It was an impressive victory for the Hoyas and marked the third year in a row the Hoyas have won the War Memorial.  Combined with our win at last Springs Conference Championship the win at the War gives the Hoyas the #1 ranked schedule for 2014.  A big thanks to Chris Behm ’08 who came out to support they Hoyas each day. 

 

 

The Hoya Women’s team traveled to Boston to compete in the New England Women’s Championship.  This regatta is the conference championship for the NEISA conference and every team there brought their best sailors.  Saturday wasn’t a good day for sailing.  The Charles River barely showed a breathe of air and no races were held.  There was a lot of fanfare on the river as the Boston Red Sox had their victory parade go right by the boats.  We had two big Red Sox fans on our team so for Hollis and MaryKate it was a pretty cool experience.  We did get some wind on Sunday but it was from the shiftiest direction possible.  The Charles River is one of my least favorite places to sail because it can be so unpredictable but college sailing has some of its most competitive events there so if you want good competition you have to sail on the Charles.  Both divisions had good races and not so good races.  MaryKate and Genevieve actually fared pretty well in A division ending up in 9th overall.  Merritt and Hollis started off well  and seemed to have the Charles figured out.  But, normal sailing logic doesn’t always work on the Charles and the pair had a few double digits to end the regatta.  In the end the Hoyas finished 12th out of 18.  In A division MaryKate Mezzetti and Genevieve Burgoyne finished 9th.  In B Merritt Moran and Hollis Dana finished 17th.

 

 

This weekend the Hoyas will be competing in two events

 

ICSA Singlehanded National Championships @ Newport, RI

Greg Martinez

 

Hap Moore Team Race Regatta @ Coast Guard

Sean Golden / Elizabeth Mullarney

Massimo Mazzolini / Isabelle Teare

Jack Gerli / Emily Fung

  

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Hoyas win MAISA Match Race Championship!
Oct 28th 2013, 12:52

 Hoyas win MAISA Match Race Championship

 

 

The Georgetown University Sailing Team competed in two events last weekend. The results are as follows:

 

 

MAISA Match Race Championship @ Kings Point (Sonars)

Top 2 go to the National Championship November Nov. 22-24 @ St. Petersburg Yacht Club/USF

 

Georgetown Team

Skipper: Nevin Snow

Crew: Alex Post

          Katia DaSilva

          AJ Reiter

 

Overall (top 4 of 8)

Georgetown

St. Mary’s

Navy

Queen’s University (Canada)

 

The Georgetown Match Race Team won an exciting conference championship this past weekend beating a very talented St. Mary’s team 2-1 in the final round.  Georgetown doesn’t normally sail sloop/match race events because we don’t own the boats and its not easy to get access to them.  This puts us at a distinct disadvantage when we compete against teams like St. Mary’s and Navy who own sloops and practice in them all the time.  Our team did put in a considerable amount of travel time to make it up to Baltimore where we were able to charter two sonars for afternoon practices.  Coach Janel Zarkowsky was able to arrange a scrimmage with US National Match Race Champion Dave Dellenbaugh and arranged for the team to sail against match race guru Dave Perry as well.  All the practice paid off.  The Hoyas swept the opening round robin going 7-0 in very windy conditions.  As the 1 seed we then faced #4 Queens University from Canada.  Queens had the #71 ranked match racer in the world skippering their boat.  We had two good close races and won the semi-final 2-0.  We then faced off against St. Mary’s college for the championship.  St. Mary’s beat Navy 2-1 in their semis.  We were ahead in the first race until the leeward mark when we split gates and St. Mary’s headed out right for a big wind shift that gave them a comfortable lead and eventually a win.  Down 0-1 the Hoyas needed to win two straight.  Race 2 saw the Hoyas dominate off the line and never look back taking the race by a comfortable margin.  Race 3 was now winner take all.  St. Mary’s won the start and took the right side of the course.  The Hoyas were about 10 lengths behind but took advantage of some windshifts to close the gap to 1 length at the top mark.  The boats were even at the leeward gate and each headed out to a side.  The Hoyas brought a big left shift across the course to end up slightly ahead of St. Mary’s at the final mark.  The last leg was neck and neck with both boats sailing well.  The Hoyas were able to take St. Mary’s past lay line for the finish then gybed to port and lead in on a close reach to win the race and the championship.  This is the first time the Hoyas have won this regatta.

 

The Hoyas now move on to the ICSA Match Race National Championship in St. Petersburg, FL.  November 22-24. Hopefully we can find some Sonars to practice in between now and then.    

 

 

The Hoyas also competed at the KP Dinghy Open.  The KP Dinghy Open is a 2 division standard.  college event sailed in 420’s and FJ’s.  The forecast was for big breeze and thats exactly what we got.  Saturday started out in a 10-12mph W wind that quickly shifted to SW and increased to about 25mph.  It was a battle not only against the other teams but against the conditions.  The Hoyas team had some great races and some not so great races but were generally in the top 10.  We had some crazy capsizes as well but finished every race.  Sunday the winds lightened up a bit and the Hoyas sailed well again.  In A div. Greg Martinez and Eliana Michaels finished with a 1,2,1 to get 2nd in A.  In B Sam Oldroyd and Brian Poirier sailed quite well when it wasn’t too windy and ended up 7th in B.  Overall the Hoyas finished 4th in the 20 team field.  First place went to SUNY Maritime and 2nd to Dartmouth.  

 

 

This weekend the Hoyas will be competing in two events.

War Memorial @ Old Dominion

A div. Nevin Snow / Katia DaSilva

B div. Alex Post / Bettina Redway

 

Women’s Intersectional @ Harvard

A div. MaryKate Mezzetti / Genevieve Burgoyne

B div. Merritt Moran / Hollis Dana

 

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Hoyas Win Navy Fall Intersectional!
Oct 24th 2013, 10:19

 Hoyas win Navy Fall Intersectional 

 

The Georgetown University Sailing Team competed in three events last weekend the results are as follows:

 

Navy Fall Intersectional 4 Divisions 20 Teams

Results

A div. 4th Nevin Snow / Bettina Redway

B div. 12th Sean Golden / Isabelle Teare, Jack Welty

C div. 1st Greg Martinez

D div. 4th Alex Post

 

Top 5 of 20

Georgetown

College of Charleston

St. Mary’s

Harvard

Stanford

 

 

The Navy Fall Regatta is the biggest college sailing event of the fall season.  20 of the best teams in the country competed in four divisions for a total of 80 races sailed over the course of the weekend.  The Hoyas sailed a very young group at the event 1 Junior, 5 Sophomores and 1 freshman but they sailed like veterans.  A and B division are sailed in double handed boats - FJ and 420, C div is full rig laser and D div is laser radial.  On Saturday A and C divisions led the day for the Hoyas.  Both divisions sailed finished consistently in the top 10.  The Hoyas ended the first day with a slight lead over Charleston Harvard and Stanford.  A cold front blew through on Sunday and the races were run in a puffy shifty NW wind in the Severn River.  On Sunday it was the laser divisions that led the way for the Hoyas.  Alex Post sailing in D division had a masterful day finishing in the top 3 in all but two races.  In C division Greg Martinez was locked in a battle with Harvard for first overall.  (The Harvard sailor is the reigning youth world champion.)  The two went back and forth in the battle for C division.  Greg was able to stay consistently in the top 5 while the Harvard sailor made one mistake which proved costly in race 18.  Greg ended up winning C division by 9 points.  Heading into the final race the Hoyas were tied with Charleston for the lead.  B division started 1st and the Hoyas got a 15 and Charleston a 13.  A division went next and Nevin and Bettina sailed a great race to finish 1st while Charleston got a 9th.  C and D both sailed well enough to keep the lead and the Hoyas ended up winning by 9 points.  A tremendous win in a very competitive regatta.  

 

 

Yale Women’s Intersectional

A div. 11th MaryKate Mezzetti / Genevieve Burgoyne 

B div. 6th Katia daSilva/ Isabelle Luzuriaga

 

Overall top 10 of 18

Yale

Boston College

Eckerd

Stanford

Dartmouth

Charleston

Coast Guard

Brown

Georgetown

Old Dominion

 

The Hoya Women sailors went to New Haven last weekend to compete in the 18 team Yale Women’s Intersectional.  Yale has two fleets of boats so the races were run out in Long Island Sound.  Saturday had little wind in the morning and then a 10mph breeze in the afternoon.  Sunday saw bigger winds and waves.  The Hoyas sailed well in both divisions and were competitive with the top teams.  A few mistakes in some races led to double digit finishes but overall it was a good performance and the Hoyas showed improvement throughout the event.  The Women’s Team has two more events coming up the Harvard Women's Intersectional followed by the Atlantic Coast Championships.  

 

 

Captain Hurst Bowl @ Dartmouth 18 Teams

A div. 14th AJ Reiter / Claudia Tasleaar

B div. 14th Massimo Mazzolini / Eliana Michaels

 

The Hoyas sent three freshmen and a senior to compete against some of the top teams in New England at the Captain Hurst Bowl sailed on Lake Mascoma in Hanover, NH.  Mascoma is a tricky place to sail and Saturday it was a tricky as ever.  A light shifty wind filled in from the mountains surrounding the lake and the race course featured some gigantic wind shifts.  One side of the course could have people hiking out while on the other side the boats were becalmed.  It took a while for the Hoyas to figure out how to deal with the conditions.  At the end of the 1st day the Hoyas were near last place overall and not too confident in their abilities.  The team regrouped on Sunday though and had a much better day.  In B Massimo who is from Monaco and sailed at the Sevenoaks school in the UK  started to figure out the short courses sailed in the US.  He and Eliana sailed a flawless first race on Sunday and ended up winning by half a leg.  In A division AJ and Claudia improved a tremendous amount as well.  Claudia is one of our top women’s skippers and was crewing in a regatta for the first time.  She did a great job transitioning to the front of the boat and she and AJ found themselves in the lead in a few races on Sunday.  The Captain Hurst Bowl was a learning experience and everyone left confident that they could win the regatta next year.

 

 

 

This weekend the Hoyas will be competing in two regattas 

MAISA Match Race Championship @ Kings Point (Sonars)

Skipper - Nevin Snow

Crew - Alex Post

           AJ Reiter

           Katia DaSilva

 

KP Dinghy Open @ Kings Point  (420/FJ)

A div. Greg Martinez / Eliana Michaels

B div. Sam Oldroyd / Brian Poirier 

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