Impressed by the College Nationals
The sailors at the College Nationals show off some impressive skill. From Gary Jobson's blog for June 16, 2008
The first two days were sailed in light to moderate southerlies and brilliant sunshine, with the windward mark was set near Fort Adams where several hundred cheering spectators made their presence known. We put onboard cameras and microphones aboard two boats for every race. These sailors are tremendous athletes, very skilled at boathandling.
After 12 races, Boston College held a commanding 17-point lead. But in the first A Division race, that lead was wiped out as BC finished in the back of the pack. Suddenly, there was a battle royale. Georgetown, St. Mary's, Charleston, Roger Williams and Boston College all had a shot. Georgetown's Charlie Buckingham proved to be a tower of strength, scoring a first and two seconds in the final three races, while teammate Chris Behm had an 8-5-5 during the same stretch. Georgetown left the field behind, winning by an impressive 31 points. I found it fascinating that Georgetown won with a 6.6 average while Wisconsin ended up 18th with an 11.9 average. This gives you an indication of how tight this regatta was. Only a 5.3 boat average was the difference between first and last.
ESPNU will broadcast a one hour program on July 19 at noon.