Tom Curtis Memorial Cut Short with No B Division Races
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College sailing team faced both stiff competition and the challenge of still air and water this weekend at three regattas. Washington freshman Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) finished sixth of 18 sailors at the Carl Van Duyne Trophy, the MAISA Men's Singles Championships, which was hosted by Merchant Marine and limited to five races on Saturday only. Washington also finished ninth of 18 teams at the Hobart/William Smith Fall Intersectional, which completed eight races in each division. WC also spent hours waiting at shore at Georgetown's Tom Curtis Memorial, which sailed just two A Division races on Sunday and ended without team scores due to no B Division races being sailed.
At the Carl Van Duyne Trophy, Bailey finished third, 12th, 10th, third, and fourth in the five races. John Wallace of St. Mary's, Chris Barnard of Georgetown, Samuel Blouin of Hobart, and Philip Alley of Cornell finished in the top four spots to secure berths in the ICSA Men's Singles National Championships. Two races were completed in a four-knot westerly Saturday morning and another three in a five-knot southerly that afternoon. No races were able to sail on Sunday.
At the Hobart/William Smith Fall Intersectional, senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) and freshman crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) finished fourth in A Division, winning the first, sixth, and eighth races in the division. Washington was 12th in B Division. Junior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) sailed with junior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) in the first two B Division races; sophomore skipper Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) sailed with Lawler in the other six.
Seventeenth-ranked New York Maritime won the Hobart/William Smith Fall Intersectional, while eighth-ranked Hobart/William Smith was second and 16th-ranked Navy was third. Conditions started off well both days with four races in each division sailing on Saturday in south winds of four to 14 knots and four more in each division sailing on Sunday in south winds of four to 12 knots. The winds died each afternoon, however, with no races after 2:45 p.m. Saturday and none after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
At the Tom Curtis Memorial, frustration ruled the weekend with no racing at all on Saturday and just two A Division races on Sunday. Freshman skipper Dan Ricker (Fair Haven, NJ/Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) and freshman crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) finished third and eighth in the A Division races.
Freshman Mackenzie Needham (Shelter Island, NY/Shelter Island) will be competing in the Faye Bennet Trophy, the MAISA Women's Singles Championships, tomorrow at Navy. That regatta was originally scheduled for the last weekend in September, but was postponed due to lack of wind. The rescheduled date caused some of the qualified sailors for the event to become unavailable and Needham, who was originally an alternate, was then chosen to compete.