St. Mary's Sailing Has Busy Weekend

Photo credit: Tom Brewer
Photo credit: Tom Brewer

For Immediate Release · By Justin Gordon · jpgordon@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland sailing team competed in four regattas over the weekend of September 9-10. The Seahawks traveled to the Laser South and Radical Open hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy, the 43rd Henry H. Anderson Jr. Trophy at Yale University, and the Riley Cup hosted by Old Dominion University.

43rd Henry H. Anderson Jr. Trophy (Yale) – Third of 16

  • On Saturday, 10 B races in FJ's and 9 A races in Z420's were completed in a very tricky northerly breeze that forced most races to be held off until after lunch. Courses were all W4's except for the final two in each division which sailed W3's.
  • Sunday racing saw breezes coming out of the north between 6-15 knots. Courses were primarily W4's with a W5 used for the last races in each division.
  • The Seahawks captured Division B with 59 points, besting second-place Boston University by three points. Sophomore skipper Dane Byerly (Seabrook, Texas/Clear Springs) and junior crew Lydia McPherson-Shambarger (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) were at the helm of the winning boat.
  • St. Mary's finished 11th in Division A with 138 points behind the efforts of junior skipper Liam McCarthy (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) and senior crew Kaisey McCaillon (Myersville, Md.) and Kira Allen (Portland, Ore./Lincoln).

Riley Cup (Old Dominion) – Fourth of 18

  • Saturday's racing dealt with north-northeast 12-20 mph winds, building to 15-25 mph. All courses were W4's.
  • Sunday was a beautiful fall day with a blustery northerly, which made for great competition. All races sailed in FJ's on a W4 course.
  • St. Mary's claimed Division B at the Riley Cup as well, beating out Hampton University by three points for top honors. Juniors Jessica Bennett and Dyson Lord (Moretown, Vt.) led the Seahawks to the win.
  • The efforts of first-year skippers Lewis Cooper and Sophia Taczak and sophomore crew Noah Chapman (Arnold, Md./Key) led St. Mary's to a fifth-place finish in Division A, three points behind Navy.

Radical Open (Naval Academy) – Fifth and 12th of 18

  • Saturday had wind out of the north at eight knots and eight races were completed.
  • Sunday began with 12-15 knot winds in the morning which died down to 5-8 knots later in the afternoon, allowing for only six races to be sailed.
  • Georgetown University claimed three of the Top 4 spots while St. Mary's junior Ellie Ungar (Kirkland, Wash./Interlake) came in fifth with 84 points, seven points behind Georgetown's Lola Bushnell.
  • First-year Gloria Kevliciute finished 12th with 159 points.

Laser South (Naval Academy) – 15th of 18

  • Saturday morning had a breeze coming in at eight knots to the north and it allowed for eight races to be completed with no protests.
  • Sunday morning had a northerly wind coming in at 12-15 knots but later died down to 5-8 knots. Six races were completed and no protests were filed.
  • Sophomore skipper Josh Paper (West Friendship, Md./Glenelg) placed 15th in the race.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Sept. 16-17 – Nevins Trophy at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point
  • Sept. 16-17 – Stu Nelson at Connecticut College 

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