CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The Washington College sailing team finished fifth of 12 teams in the Washington College Open and 14th of 18 teams at the Navy Fall Intersectional this weekend.
At the Washington College Open, junior skipper Sam Bedinger (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) and sophomore crew PJ Miller (Lawrenceville, NJ/Notre Dame) placed third in A Division, while freshman skipper Brogan Savage (Wall, NJ/Wall) and freshman crew Blair Towers (Goochland, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) placed sixth in B Division. Bedinger and Miller finished in the top five in eight of the 10 A Division races, winning the second race. Savage and Thomas placed in the top five in five of the 10 B Division races, winning the second.
Stevens won the Washington College Open, followed by Princeton in second and Monmouth in third. Four races in each division sailed on Saturday, with only one A Division race sailing in the morning before gusts above 30 knots postponed the regatta until 2:00 p.m. when the rest of the day's races were completed. The remaining six races in each division sailed on Sunday in a 10-12 west-southwest breeze which built throughout the day.
At the Navy Fall Intersectional, senior skipper Mike Whitford (Chicago, IL/Francis W. Parker School) sailed with freshman Dale Strong (Severna Park, MD/Gunston Day School) and junior crew Matt Lawler (Alexandria, VA/Christchurch School) to finish seventh in A Division. Strong was Whitford's crew for the first 12 and final two of the 18 A Division races, while Lawler was his crew for races 13-16. Washington finished in the top three in six A Division races, winning the fourth and ninth races.
Senior skipper Mildred Conroy (Newton, MA/Tabor Academy) and freshman crew TJ Heist (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) were 14th in B Division, while freshman Ryan Bailey (Toms River, NJ/Toms River South) finished 14th in C Division and sophomore Sam Fitzgerald (Fairfield, CT/Greens Farms Academy) was 13th in D Division.
Third-ranked Yale won the Navy Fall Intersectional. Top-ranked Charleston was second, while 15th-ranked Stanford was third. Twelve of the current Sailing World National Co-Ed Top 20 schools competed at the regatta. Twelve races in each division competed on Saturday in winds that started out in the mid-teens and built throughout the morning, gusting to 30 knots by mid-day, before backing off back into the high teens by the end of the day's racing. The remaining six races in each division sailed on Sunday in a southwesterly breeze of 8-15 knots.
Next weekend, the Washington College sailing team will compete at the Stu Nelson Women's at Connecticut College and the Kings Point Dinghy Open at Merchant Marine.