College Racing Heats Up in SAISA and MAISA

Sub-freezing temperatures and gale-force winds kept NEISA from racing, however, team racing is heating up elsewhere in the first weekend of March.

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Looking down on the Bob Bavier Team Race in Charleston.Chris Klevan

The weekend was headlined by the Bob Bavier Team Race. 10 teams made the trip to Charleston for a refreshingly cool weekend of sailing. After 102 races, The College of Charleston Cougars came away from their home event victorious with an 18-3 record. The Georgetown Hoyas were a close second with 17 wins and 4 losses, including a 2-1 record against the home team. Mike Callahan, head coach of the Hoyas said of the event, "Charleston did a great job organizing and running the Bavier. The conditions were very tricky with lots of wind shifts, velocity changes and strong current. All the races were close and I'm happy that we were able to pull out some wins on the last beat but we have a lot of work to do if we are to qualify for the National Championships." The US Naval Academy finished third while the Dartmouth College Big Green rounded out the final four. Clearly a great start to the major team race season.

The inaugural ODU Women's Interconference was sailed at Old Dominion University. The Yale University Bulldogs were the victors of this event with 89 total points. "ODU stepped up and created a much needed quality early season women's interconference regatta. The Bulldogs are proud to win the inaugural event after a great back and forth battle with the Charleston Cougars. "Although it was quite cold, the Monarchs did a great job running a flawless event," said Yale Coach, Bill Healy. Charleston finished second overall with 91 total points. First year skippers won both divisions; Yale's Louisa Nordstrom ('20) and Isabelle Rossi De Leon ('17) dominated A-Division with 28 points. Charleston's Alie Toppa ('20) with Annabel Carrigan ('19) and Caroline Bracken ('19) tandeming the crew spot, finished first in B-Division with 47 points.

In Washington, Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges sailed to a 13-2 record to take the top spot at the GW Team Race. To the south, enjoying the warm weather in Florida, Jacksonville University won the Eckerd Interconference with 77 total points.