SAISA Sailors of the Week, Weekend 7

It's a Cougars' sweep for SAISA Sailors of the Week in week 7 of the fall sailing season as the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association recognizes co-ed sailor Augie Dale of the College of Charleston for his outstanding performance at the Fiske-Harriman-Sleigh Trophy Coed Showcase Regatta hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland. With a strong start in blustery conditions, Dale and crews Katherine Lounsbury, Carter Cameron, and Oliver Parsons held the A-division lead for all but three races and won the division overall by 7 points over the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College. Dale finished 8 of the regatta's 18 races with a first place bullet. Dale and crew's win in A-fleet helped the College of Charleston Cougars secure an overall 7th place finish for the last of the fall season's Showcase regattas. 

In Women's sailing, the Sailors of the Week nominations and recognition once again find Alie Toppa and Annabel Carrington of the College of Charleston delivering the strongest performance of the weekend by SAISA sailors at Yale Women's. Big breeze and waves were no match for the Cougars who finished 2nd in the division and took 3rd in the regatta overall, besting teams from NEISA, SAISA, and SEISA. Carrying or sharing the division lead for most of the day, Toppa and Carrington returned to SOTW status on the strength of their Saturday sailing as races on Sunday were called off due to gale force winds and gusts over 40 knots on Long Island Sound. 

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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