Gill Coed National Championship

Yale wins 2014 college sailing Gill Coed Nationals at St. Mary's.

YALE UNIVERSITY WINS GILL COED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

St. Mary’s City, Md. (June 6, 2014) – Today was the last day of the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. This is the last of three high caliber spring College Sailing National Championships, where were co-hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After winning their semi-final fleet leading up to the finals portion of this event Yale University has won the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy.

Racing got underway at 9:15 a.m. Winds were from the northwest at around 5-8 knots. It was sunny and the temperatures were in the 70s. The wind started to shift to the north and get light. After completing a few races the race officials postponed the racing to wait for wind. After about an hour a westerly wind around 8-12 knots held steady and the racing started up again. Later in the afternoon the wind shifted 180-degrees to the north. It did not hold and there was not enough to complete more races before the 5 p.m. deadline.

A-division sailed in 420s and completed six races today. B-division sailed in FJs and completed five races for an event total of 15 races in both divisions. The sailors competed on windward-leeward four leg courses today.

Yale finished 88 points ahead of second place overall and won the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy, which was donated by a group of nationally known yachtsmen as a memorial to Henry A. Morss, a Boston yachtsman and 1907 Bermuda Race winner, as well as an MIT alumnus and benefactor.

“We tried to sail our own races for this event and sail smart,” says Bill Healy, assistant coach for Yale. “You couldn’t sail safe up the middle today or you would miss the shifts,” Healy says of the conditions today, “We looked to sail for the pressure closest to us and use our boat speed,” he says.

This is the second championship Yale has one in this spring series and Healy says, “Everyone is so excited and can’t wait to get home and share the good news with their friends.”

Sailing for Yale: Graham Landy '15 with Eugenia Custo Greig '14 and Katherine Gaumond '15 in A-division and Ian Barrows '17 with Amanda Salvesen '14 and Marlena Fauer '14 in B-division.

Georgetown University finished 45 points ahead of third place overall and won the Oxford University Trophy for the second year in a row. It is awarded to the second place team in the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. The Oxford University Yacht Club team and its captain Jeremy Thomas presented this trophy in 1954 on the occasion of the first of a continuing series of college regattas between British and North American teams held alternately in the United States and Great Britain every two years.

“We are happy to get second,” says Mike Callahan, head coach for Georgetown. “It was an extremely difficult regatta against the top teams in the nation,” he says. “It was difficult to be consistent and Yale did an amazing job,” Callahan says.

Sailing for Georgetown: Nevin Snow '16 with Katia DaSilva '15 in A-division and Alex Post '15 with Katie Olsen '15 and Bettina Redway '16 in B-division.

Boston College finished in third place winning the Metropolitan Sailing League Trophy, which was first presented in 1971. Boston College was in sixth place yesterday, but today they worked up the scoreboard to win a spot on the podium.

Sailing for Boston College: Raul Rios '16 with Shelby Hamilton '14 and Allison Ferraris '17 in A-division and Erika Reineke '16 and William Bailey '15 with Elizabeth Barnard '15, Christopher Dwyer '15 and Katherine Wysocki '15 in B-division.

The Robert Allan, Sr. and Robert Allan, Jr. Trophies are awarded to the low point "A" and "B" teams, respectively, in the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. Graham Landy '15 with Eugenia Custo Greig '14 and Katherine Gaumond '15 from Yale won A-division with 71 points, twenty-seven points ahead of second place. Ian Barrows '17 with Amanda Salvesen '14 and Marlena Fauer '14 also from Yale won B-division with 50 points, 57 points ahead of second place.

For full results and additional regatta information visit the event website: http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/

FINAL RESULTS 1. Yale University, 121 2. Georgetown University, 209 3. Boston College, 254 4. Stanford University, 260 5. Tufts University, 261 6. Old Dominion University, 264 7. College of Charleston, 269 8. Dartmouth College, 275 9. U.S. Naval Academy, 281 10. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 283 11. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 288 12. University of South Florida, 322 13. University of Hawaii, 325 14. Bowdoin College, 334 15. University of Wisconsin, 340 16. Connecticut College, 341 17. Brown University, 351 18. Harvard University, 355

GILL COED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: FINALS DAY ONE

St. Mary’s City, Md. (June 5, 2014) – The Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship continued today at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on the St. Mary’s River. The top eighteen collegiate teams in the nation advanced from the previous two days of competing in semi-finals to make it to the finals event today.

Racing got underway on time at 9:30 a.m. The conditions were some of the windiest this championship series has seen. The winds were 10-12 knots from the west-northwest causing whitecaps on the river. Temperatures were in the mid-70s. The winds were really shifty making for difficult racing. By the late afternoon the winds started to die and sailors were sent to shore to wait for breeze. After about an hour postponement, the race officials called the racing for the day.

A-division sailed in FJs and completed nine races and B-divison sailed in 420s and completed 10 races. The fleets sailed on trapezoid coursed in the morning and windward leeward four leg courses in the afternoon.

Yale University is leading after today’s racing with a 48-point gap between them and Tufts University, who is in second place. Yale was able to sail consistently today to stay on top of the leader board, especially in B-division, where they have a 27-point lead over the second place pairing, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

“Zach [Leonard, Yale’s head coach] has been preaching to the team to stay consistent, sail for the pressure and stay in the lead group,” Bill Healy says, assistant coach for Yale. “Tomorrow we will aim to do the same,” he says. The prediction for tomorrow is a light northerly breeze.

Sailing for Yale is: Graham Landy '15 with Eugenia Custo Greig '14 and Katherine Gaumond '15 in A-division and Ian Barrows '17 with Amanda Salvesen '14 and Marlena Fauer '14 in B-division.

Tufts University finished the day in second place, six points ahead of third place. Tuft’s A-division sailors are also sailing consistently 16 points ahead of Yale’s A-division in second place.

“We are happy with how our A-division is sailing and in B-division we just had to work on starting,” says Ken Legler, head coach for Tufts. “We are trying to get off the [starting] line and use our speed,” he says.

“We are just focusing on our racing tomorrow and not looking at scores or other schools,” Legler says. Tomorrow will be the last day of racing.

Sailing for Tufts is: William Haeger '14 with Paula Grasberger '14 in A-division and Alejandro Ruiz-Ramon '15 with Alexander Tong '17 and Sam Madden '15 in B-division.

Georgetown University is in third place after racing today with teams in hot pursuit behind them. Stanford University is just 11 points behind Georgetown followed closely by St. Mary’s and Boston College.

Sailing for Georgetown is: Nevin Snow '16 with Katia DaSilva '15 in A-division and Alex Post '15 with Katie Olsen '15 and Bettina Redway '16 in B-division.

Racing is set to begin at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow, 15 minutes earlier than today to try and get a little extra time to race in the predicted light winds. No race can begin after 5 p.m.

An awards ceremony is scheduled to take place after racing at St. Mary’s College. Awards for podium finishers in this event will be presented, as well as the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year, the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the best overall performing team and the Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award.

To view or purchase photos from this event or the previous championships visit this gallery on photographer Brian Schneider’s website: http://www.ebrianschneider.com/gallery-collection/2014-ICSA-National-Championships/C0000zZpBRnclJuY

For full results and additional regatta information visit the event website: http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/

Top Nine Teams, Finals Day 1 1. Yale University, 87 2. Tufts University, 135 3. Georgetown University, 141 4. Stanford University, 152 5. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 154 6. Boston College, 156 7. Old Dominion University, 160 8. Dartmouth College, 170 9. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 174

To follow live media coverage of the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, click on the Live Media link for the event at http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/. Social media updates are provided daily by collegesailing.org.

GILL COED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, SEMI-FINALS DAY TWO

St. Mary’s City, Md. (June 4, 2014) – Today was the second and final day of the Semi-Finals for the Gill Coed National Championship, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The top 36 college sailing teams in the nation competed on the St. Mary’s River in St. Mary’s City, Md. for 18 spots in the championship finals, which begin tomorrow, Thursday, June 5th. The 36 teams are divided into two fleets of 18 teams, Western and Eastern Semi-Final groups, the top nine from each fleet will make up the 18 teams who compete in the finals.

Today the Eastern fleet sailed in 420s and the Western fleet sailed in FJs. This morning, the A-divisions sailed on windward leeward four leg courses and the B-divisions sailed on inner and outer trapezoid courses. This afternoon all of the 420s sailed on the outer trapezoid course and all of the FJs sailed on the inner trapezoid course.

Racing began at 9:30 this morning. The temperature was in the high 70s and the winds were puffy and shifty from the northwest at about 5-10 knots. The winds slowly died around 12:30 p.m. and after completing two races in each division in each fleet, the sailors waited on shore for the wind to fill in.

By around 3 p.m. the sailors were back on the course to start racing. A southerly breeze around 5-7 knots filled in and remained pretty steady until around 4:15 p.m., when it lightened up again and became patchy on the race course. The sailors started to rotate boats on the water rather than from the dock to try and squeeze in as many races as possible.

The deadline for racing today was 5 p.m., so the race officials got in as much racing as the conditions would allow. The Eastern Semi-Final completed four races today in A-division and B-division for a total of six races for the event. The Western Semi-Final completed three races today in A-division and B-division for a total of five races for the event.

Yale University continued to dominate in the racing today and won the Western fleet. They did not place out of the top four in either division during the semi-finals. The light and patchy conditions were something that the sailors were prepared for.

“We like this stuff,” says Bill Healy, assistant coach for Yale. “We have a great spot to practice in any conditions [at Yale]. We tucked in close to shore to prepare,” Healy says.

Tomorrow the finals event begins and Healy says Yale’s head coach, Zach Leonard, “Has done a great job getting everyone psyched up for this long event. We are ready to go.”

Sailing for Yale is: Graham Landy '15 with Katherine Gaumond '15 in A-division and Ian Barrows '17 with Meredith Megarry '17 and Marlena Fauer '14 in B-division.

Notable today was Old Dominion University who moved up from sixth place yesterday to second place today. Sailing for Old Dominion is: Esteban Forrer '16 with Julia Wiesner '14 in A-division and Andrea Luna '15 with Chloe Constants '14 in B-division.

Connecticut College overtook Georgetown University today and won the Eastern fleet. They moved up from second place yesterday, one point behind Georgetown, to one point ahead of them today. Sailing for Connecticut College is: Kevin Martland '14 with Lea Bushnell '15 in A-division and IG Schottlaender '14 with Kim Bolick '15 in B-division.

“It was hard to be consistent today,” says Mike Callahan, head coach for Georgetown. “Even the best sailors had trouble,” he says. Despite dropping to second place by just one point today, Callahan says their focus is on the next two days of racing.

“We are disappointed we did not win this regatta, but we will take lessons from it and focus on the finals – we will be racing in the hardest fleet of the year tomorrow with the top 18 teams in the nation,” says Callahan.

Sailing for Georgetown is: Nevin Snow '16 with Katia DaSilva '15 in A-division and Alex Post '15 with Bettina Redway '16 in B-division.

The US Sailing Grit Award is awarded to the teams who qualified for the finals in ninth place in each semi-final fleet; the recipients today were the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Boston College.

Final Nine Teams Eastern Semi-Final: 1. Connecticut College, 48 2. Georgetown University, 49 3. College of Charleston, 64 4. Stanford University, 73* 5. U.S. Naval Academy, 73* 6. Dartmouth College, 74 7. Tufts University, 78 8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 80 9. University of Wisconsin, 105 *Number of high place (1) finishes

Final Nine Teams Western Semi-Final: 1. Yale University, 19 2. Old Dominion University, 54* 3. Bowdoin College, 54* 4. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 55 5. University of Hawaii, 60 6. University of South Florida, 63 7. Harvard University, 68** 8. Brown University, 68** 9. Boston College, 75 *Number of high place (1) finishes **Head-to-head tiebreaker

GILL COED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, SEMI-FINALS—DAY ONE

St. Mary’s City, Md. (June 3, 2014) – Today was the first day of the Gill Coed National Championship Semi-Finals, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The top 36 collegiate sailing teams in the nation reported to the regatta venue on the St. Mary’s River in St. Mary’s City, Md. to compete for 18 spots in the championship finals, which will begin on Thursday, June 5th.

The semi-finals are divided into two fleets, an Eastern and Western semi-final fleet, each with 18 teams. The top nine teams from each fleet will advance to the finals on Thursday. The sailors are racing on an inner and outer trapezoid course in both FJs and Z420s. Each fleet sails one type of boat one day and swaps boats the next day. Today, the Western fleet sailed in 420s on the outer course and the Eastern in FJs on the inner course.

This morning the skies were mostly sunny with temperatures in the high 70s, rising to the 80s by the afternoon. Clouds and a thunderstorm came through in the late afternoon.

Racing got underway around 9:30 a.m. today, but the winds were light and spotty at around 5 knots from the southwest and dying. The race officials were able to complete two races in A-division and B-division in both of the fleets this morning, but the wind died out and the sailors went to shore to wait for more breeze.

After trying to get on the water a couple of times this afternoon the breeze never filled in. A thunderstorm came through around 5 p.m. and the race officials were hoping for wind to fill after that, but unfortunately it still did not. By about 7 p.m. the officials called the racing for the day and they will try again tomorrow.

After the few races today in really light conditions Yale University is in the lead in the Western fleet and Georgetown University is in the lead in the Eastern fleet. Yale did not place out of the top three in either division today and Georgetown got three firsts and a sixth place finish.

“We had two great starts today and we didn’t get too trapped at the edges,” Bill Healy says, assistant coach for Yale. Despite the wind forecast for tomorrow predicting more light air, Healy says, “We are not worried about tomorrow. We had two great races today.”

Sailing for Yale is: Graham Landy '15 with Katherine Gaumond '15 in A-division and Ian Barrows '17 with Meredith Megarry '17 in B-division.

“Today was mostly about straight line boat speed,” Mike Callahan says, head coach for Georgetown. “We were happy to not have a bad finish,” he says. With so few races completed today and a final championship still to go Callahan says, “You don’t want to dial it back [in this portion of the event], but you need to balance not taking too many risks.” Sailing for Georgetown is: Nevin Snow '16 with Katia DaSilva '15 in A-division and Alex Post '15 with Bettina Redway '16 in B-division.

There are still 16 races to sail in both A and B-division in each fleet. The first warning for racing is at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. No race can start after 5 p.m.

To view or purchase photos from this event or the previous championships visit this gallery on photographer Bill Schneider’s website:http://www.ebrianschneider.com/gallery-collection/2014-ICSA-National-Championships/C0000zZpBRnclJuY

For additional regatta information and full results visit the event website: http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/

Top Nine Teams Eastern Semi-Final, Day 1: 1. Georgetown University, 9 2. Connecticut College, 10 3. U.S. Naval Academy, 16 4. College of Charleston, 18 5. Dartmouth College, 23 6. Tufts University, 28 7. University of California at Santa Barbara, 35* 8. Stanford University, 35* 9. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 35* * Head-to-head tiebreaker

Top Nine Teams Western Semi-Final, Day 1: 1. Yale University, 8 2. Bowdoin College, 18 3. Brown University, 21 4. University of Hawaii, 22 5. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 24 6. Old Dominion University, 25* 7. University of South Florida, 25* 8. Harvard University, 29 9. Eckerd College, 32 * Number of high-place (1) finishes

To follow live media coverage of the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, click on the Live Media link at http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/. Social media updates are provided daily by collegesailing.org.

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Finals

Jun 6, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Yale Bulldogs win the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Finals

Jun 6, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Yale Bulldogs win the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Finals

Jun 5, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Day One of the finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Semifinals

Jun 4, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

Gill Coed Nationals

Georgetown's Nevin Snow and Katia DaSilva make the most of the light air on the opening day of the semi-finals at St. Mary's.Brian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Semifinals

Jun 4, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Semifinals

Jun 4, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Semifinals

Jun 4, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Day Two of the semi-finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Finals

Jun 5, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Day One of the finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Finals

Jun 5, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Day One of the finals of the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Finals

Jun 6, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Yale Bulldogs win the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider

ICSA: GILL Coed National Championship Finals

Jun 6, 2014; St. Mary's City, MD, USA; Yale Bulldogs win the GILL Coed National Championship held at the College of St. Mary's in St. Mary's City, MD. Mandatory Credit: Brian Schneider/www.ebrianschneider.comBrian Schneider