Over the last two weekends, the Georgetown sailing team faced a busy racing schedule stretching from Annapolis, Md., to the Potomac. The team’s first test came in the John Jackson Memorial Team Race in Washington, D.C., followed by the Graham Hall Team Race in Annapolis.
The men’s regatta proved eventful, as four of the top teams fought closely for the victory. Boston College, Georgetown, Navy and Old Dominion sailed strong races, each separated by only one record.
Georgetown skippers included seniors Roger Dorr, Andy Reiter and Jack Marshall, and sophomores Sean Segerblom and William Logue. The Hoya skippers, with the assistance of their crews, raced phenomenally but were edged out by Boston College, which defeated Georgetown with a record of 13/4 while the Hoyas finished with 12/5. Navy was close behind with a record of 11/6.
Further north, the women’s team raced at the Navy Spring Women’s Regatta in Annapolis, Md. Navy welcomed many of the nation’s best female sailors from schools including College of Charleston, Hobart, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell and University of Wisconsin. The weather and conditions were perfect: Eight to 10 knots of wind set the stage for competitive racing among the nation’s best.
There was not much competition at the top, as College of Charleston cruised to a dominating victory with a final score of 156. Charleston was 57 points ahead of second place U.S. Coast Guard Academy, showing its dominance in the women’s racing of 2018.
The Georgetown women had an impressive regatta, finishing sixth amid the field of 20 and presenting their case as one of the top female programs. The Hoyas finished with a score of 275, just 17 points behind George Washington. Although Georgetown had a rough first day of racing, the team recovered with one of the best scores of the afternoon, 125.
The Graham Hall Team Race featured some of the most dominant crews in the nation as Roger Williams, Hobart, Yale, Cornell and GWU clashed on the Annapolis water. The conditions presented an interesting two days as the 10-knot winds brought forth shifty weather.
“Thanks to the Potomac, we thrive in the conditions which Annapolis had,” Head Coach Mike Callahan said.
The Georgetown crews were skippered by Dorr, Segerblom, Logue and Marshall, who have led the Hoyas in every major regatta this year. Their leadership has propelled the team all season long, as they have improved in each regatta.
The Hoyas fell just short of a victory last weekend as they finished with a record of 14/6. Roger Williams surprised the field 17/3, followed by Hobart and Yale with a record of 16/4 and 15/5, respectively.
“It was an overall solid performance for our team and a proof we are improving with every race,” Callahan said.
The Hoyas show steady signs of improvement as they look forward to their upcoming weekend of racing against Cornell and other dominant crews.