SAISA Sailors of the Week, Weekend 10

Weekend 10 was relatively quiet in college sailing with only a few events on the schedule, but that didn't keep SAISA sailors from delivering some impressive performances on the water. Sunny skies, mild temperatures and sustained 10-15 mph winds welcomed teams and sailors from SAISA and MAISA to coastal Oriental, North Carolina on Saturday for the StormPack Hurricane Relief Regatta and Community Clean-up

Racing in a combined fleet, NC State's skipper Scott Harris and crew Conor Murphy quickly secured the regatta lead and held on for the remainder of the day. The Wolfpack pair delivered a dominant showing, scoring just 10 points in 9 races and earning this week's SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the Week honors. A first-race, second-place finish was the only blemish on what would have been a picket fence day for the home team pairing. Harris and Murphy were also commended in this week's nominations for sportsmanship, fielding questions from some newer competitors who found themselves at the back of the large fleet throughout the day. Harris and Murphy's performance helped NC State secure the final podium spot for the event.

With no dedicated women's sailing events on the weekend, we turn to performance of SAISA women at the co-ed StormPack Hurricane Relief Regatta where University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill sailor and vice-president Ann Burns Morrison earned this week's SAISA Women's Sailor of the Week. Morrison, and teammate Matthew Chenard, finished second overall in the competitive 18-boat combined fleet. A highlight of the day for Morrison and Chenard included a late surge of three final race finishes of 3-2-4 with Morrison at the helm helping to push the Tar Heels in front of William & Mary and rivals NC State and securing the overall regatta win for UNC. Morrison, vice-president of the UNC club, was also commended in the nomination for her efforts to organize her team and prepare them to put a competitive effort forth in the regatta. 

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Each week of the season, we’ll recognize outstanding performances by sailors across SAISA, as well as by SAISA sailors in competition out of conference. The selection process includes a nomination period each week ending on Sunday. A committee of SAISA coaches from both divisions selects sailors from the nominations received and will announce the SAISA Sailors of the Week early each week following the close of the nomination period. If you’d like to submit a nomination, email the sailor’s name, school, position, and what events or circumstances they demonstrated outstanding performance to SAISAsotw@gmail.com. Nominations close on Sunday at midnight EST and selections will be based on performances for the preceding week and that weekend. Selection categories may include co-ed skipper, co-ed crew, women’s skipper, women’s crew. Pairings or individual sailors may be nominated or selected.
For more information, visit the SAISA website at www.saisasailing.com/sotw