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Posts from September 2017

#13 Dartmouth College won the St. Mary's Fall Interconference with impressive performances in both divisions. Sailed at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the event marked MAISA’s second major intersectional as the fall season is now in full swing. Many of the nation’s top teams were in attendance and the fleets were mostly filled with college sailing veterans. Dartmouth was one such team, sporting a tandem in A and B-Divisions that may be the Big Green’s top squad.

“The racing was tricky, with pressure filling from the edges and many of the common moves toward consolidating and centering up not as beneficial as normal,” said Dartmouth’s head coach, Justin Assad. “Our team was able to start cleanly most of the time, and focused on being patient and balanced sailing the long tack with finding the next pressure.”

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Conditions were light to start the day but halfway through the round robin the breeze picked up from the NW and racing heated up. The 2nd RR finished with Stanford and UCSB tied. There was time left so a sail off was sailed and Stanford won. Congrats to Stanford for winning the 2017 PCCSC Match Race Championship and earning the PCCSC berth to Match race nationals.

Hurricane Irma has devastated the tropical communities of Florida and the island offshore, especially the Virgin Islands, home to many past, present and future college sailors. The presence of such sailors does not simply exist as a large portion of our tight-knit college sailing community, but represents the strength of the organization. With Hurricane Maria looming, our island friends need our thoughts and support.

While the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) regular season has kicked off, the Stu Nelson Interconference regatta is the first major women’s Interconference of the Fall Season. Sailed on the Thames River, the banks of Connecticut College, the venue can be extremely challenging anytime the breeze clicks away from straight up and down. Being the first big regatta of the women’s season, many of the great women in college were elsewhere. However, results from this event helps set the scene for what we can expect on the women’s sailing front this season in college sailing.

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Great day of racing despite the forecast. We completed 10 races in each division. We had a slight delay in the morning but race 1A eventually started at 10:46. A thunderstorm that went just the the east of us forced us to abandon race 10A and 10B and reset the whole course from the new southerly direction. Racing concluded at 1745. All courses were trapezoid and winds ranged from 0-12 from the NNE and then 6-8 from the SSE. We had a few protests at the end of the day resulting in a few DSQ's and only minor BDK's. Thank you to the coaches who helped hear them. The USMMA Midshipman did a great job setting courses all day!

The first two weeks of the 2017 ICSA College Sailing Season are in the books. The effective season opener for the Atlantic Coast teams is the Henry A. Anderson Trophy  hosted by Yale University on the Long Island Sound. This was the 43rd installment of the trophy and results, despite coming early in the fall season helps us discern what is up on the East Coast, especially in New England.

After a summer of rest, coaching gigs and internships, sailors return to their respective schools and look to the water, the 2017 ICSA Fall Season is upon us. With regattas starting in early September and ending in mid-November, spanning from coast to coast, the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) will sanction hundreds of regattas just this fall alone.

With so many quality regattas slated for the upcoming weeks, including singlehanded and match racing national championships, this Fall will prove to be an exciting one. All three fall national championships will be held in SAISA. The ICSA Match Racing National Championship will be held at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, host of last spring’s championships. The Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded Nationals will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida. These three national championships help set the tone for the season, coupled with a women’s and coed fleet racing season which culminates in the Coed and Women’s Atlantic Coast Championships, held at SUNY Maritime College in New York and Connecticut College in Connecticut College respectively.

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