Washington College's Needham Among Sailors Sidelined by Lack of Breeze
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- It was a lack of wind during the originally scheduled weekend for the Faye Bennet Trophy, the MAISA Women's Singles Championships, that resulted in Washington College freshman Mackenzie Needham (Shelter Island, NY/Shelter Island) getting a chance to compete in the regatta, but today it was a lack of wind that kept her from racing during the rescheduled regatta.
The Faye Bennet Trophy, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy, was originally scheduled for September 24th and 25th, but just two races were completed - one short of the required three to make the regatta official - due to a lack of wind. The regatta was rescheduled for today, Columbus Day, and the rescheduling resulted in multiple sailors from the original date not being able to return. Needham, originally listed as an alternate, was then chosen to compete. Today's weather in Annapolis, however, was no more favorable than it was in late September as the breeze never filled in and the regatta was finally called off at 6:30 p.m. after multiple postponements.
This coming weekend, the Washington College sailing team will compete at the Navy Fall Intersectional and host the Washington College Open.