The Georgetown sailing team embarked on its 2017 season with six regattas over the past two weekends, putting up strong performances and achieving first-place finishes in five of the six events.
At the Navy Women’s Radial Regatta in Annapolis, Md., junior Haddon Hughes won eight out of 14 races to win by 15 points. Freshman Carly Broussard finished second in her first Georgetown event.
“Carly is one of our most talented freshman recruits. We’re really excited about the potential that she brings,” Georgetown Head Coach Mike Callahan said. “She lost to Haddon Hughes, who’s one of the best in the world, so it’s not a terrible person to lose to.”
The Navy Laser Regatta, also in Annapolis, was the only event in which a Hoya did not achieve a first-place finish. Senior Jack Marshall led Georgetown with a third-place finish, 10 points shy of first.
In Norfolk, Va., the Blue and Gray wrapped up their first weekend of sailing as Riley Cup champions. Eight Hoyas competed overall in the event, and both Georgetown boats finished in the top three spots.
“Bringing in a different group of people with different backgrounds, different experience levels — it makes for a more fun group,” Callahan said. “It makes for a good school-sailing balance. The given is that we all work together to try and win national championships.”
Georgetown returned to action this weekend, posting first-place finishes at the Nevins Trophy in Kings Point, NY, as well as the NY Maritime Fall Open in the Bronx.
“We went up there and had a good battle with a bunch of teams and came out in first place,” Callahan said. “There were some really talented teams from Tufts, Stanford, Navy, the College of Charlestown, and we were able to come out ahead of all of those schools. It was a good start to the season, and it bodes well for things to come.”
Up next, Georgetown competes in the Laser Qualifier, MAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championships and the St. Mary’s Fall Intersectional in Maryland. The Hoyas will also compete in the South Qualifier in Norfolk, Va.
Going forward, Callahan emphasized the importance of consistency throughout a long season of sailing.
“I think always that consistency throughout the season is very good,” Callahan said. “We have our ups and downs throughout the year, so it’s always good to try and remain consistent.”
The events will take place on Sept. 23 and 24.