2009 ICSA Spring National Championships

Welcome to the Blog for the Women’s Semi-Final/Final Dinghy National Championship & ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"One in every five Americans is affected by a disability. This means that approximately 54 million people in the U.S. alone are working everyday to gain greater independence and create new possibilities for themselves."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

St. Mary's Wins 2009 ICSA/Gill National Championship

Photo courtesy GTSphotos.com

Jan Harley, Media Pro Int'l, 401-849-0220 for ICSA

San Francisco, Calif. (June 2, 2009) – All the pieces were in place today for an exciting finale to determine the 2009 ICSA/Gill National Championship on San Francisco Bay, from warmer air and sea conditions, to good breeze, to a close contest between the two frontrunners for the title – St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s, Md.) and Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) – who were separated by just seven points with only eight races left to sail. When all was said and done, after 36 races over three days contested by 123 sailors from the most competitive 18 schools in the nation, the St. Mary’s Seahawks had won the title for the third time in school history.

A-Division was up first and Yale’s junior skipper Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI), alternating crew between sophomore Blair Belling (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior Marla Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.), posted finishes of 9-2 to eliminate the seven-point lead St. Mary’s had over Yale when the day started. St. Mary’s junior skipper Jesse Kirkland (Warwick, Bermuda), with crew sophomore Madeline Jackson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Megan Magill (San Diego, Calif.), finished 13-5, and while the schools were now tied on points, St. Mary’s had the edge on a tie-break.

The lead then took another swing as St. Mary’s regained ground over Yale after the first set in B-Division put them ahead 157 to 166, before a photo finish in A-Division’s final race of the day, during which Yale and St. Mary’s rounded every mark 1-2, went to Yale and moved the Elis back into the lead 169-172. It was now down to B-Division to settle the score.

With the breeze gusting into the 20s, St. Mary’s sophomore skipper Michael Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) and senior crew Jennifer Chamberlain (Alexandria, Va.) posted a 6-1 to the 14-16 of Yale’s freshman skipper Joseph Morris (Annapolis, Md.) with junior crew Michael Hession (Milton, Mass.), earning St. Mary’s the win by 20 points over Yale.

“It was a little too exciting for the coaches,” said St. Mary’s coach Adam Werblow joking that his heart had to be restarted a few times. “Our B-Division team had a rough start in the second-to-last race, but then won the start in the last race had a clear lane and were able to go fast. Yale battled really hard. We thought we could hang with them in A and beat them in B. We were blessed. We brought seven, all seven sailed and they worked really hard, prepared for this venue and did enough right to win.“

Rounding out the top five finishers were Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) in third with 231 points, followed by Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.) with 262 and Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) with 315. Complete results are available at http://www.collegesailing.org/nas/spring09/coedresults.asp

The Format: In the ICSA/Gill National Championship each school fields a separate A and B division team with, weather permitting, each division sailing 20- to 30-minute fleet races in rotation. A team's final score is determined by the combined results of its sailors in A and B divisions. Stanford University co-hosted the championship with St. Francis Yacht Club, with racing taking place from the club utilizing Stanford’s fleet of FJs.

Catch the Replay: Noted sailing commentator Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.) will produce a program on the ICSA/Gill National Championship for ESPNU set to air Saturday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 1 at 3:00 a.m.

About the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association: ICSA is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. To learn more please visit: http://www.collegesailing.org/. ICSA is sponsored by Gill, Annapolis Performance Sailing, Marlow Ropes, Quantum Sails, LaserPerformance and US SAILING: http://www.gillna.com/, http://www.apsltd.com/, http://www.bainbridgeint.com/, http://www.quantumsails.com/, www.laserperformance.com/main/ and http://www.ussailing.org/


Race 18B - Top 5

1) St. Mary's
2) Georgetown
3) Roger Williams
4) Harvard
5) Charleston

St. Mary's WINS

After three days of beautiful sailing and 36 races, St. Mary's is the 2009 ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, taking college sailing's most coveted prize after falling short in commendable runs in both the Women's and Team National Championships.

With outstanding execution, St. Mary's nailed their final start to leeward of the fleet.  After a short sail on starboard, they tacked and crossed the fleet, and the rest was history.  No matter which direction Yale's skipper Joe Morris went, there was no catching up to St. Mary's, who went on to cross the finish line in convincing fashion with a twenty boatlength lead.

What a great regatta its been here at St. Francis Yacht Club.  PRO Mike Kalin and his team did an excellent job of running the national championship, and the world class venue left nobody disappointed in the conditions.  Thank you to St. Francis YC staff John Craig and Melanie Roberts, who ran the event with professionalism and thoroughness.  

As for me, I had fun blogging the news along the way, and I hope if you are still with me this far, that you enjoyed reading.  Check www.sailgroove.com for more reports, and look out for ESPNU's hour-long program with Gary Jobson.  Cheers!

Race 17B - Top 5

1) Roger Williams
2) New York Maritime
3) Boston College
4) Navy
5) Stanford

St. Mary's Takes the Lead: One Race to Go

The Yale B Division boat felt the pressure as they came off the start line in less than ideal position, in uncharacteristic fashion for the Yale Elis this regatta.  St. Mary's sailed to a respectable 6th place finish while the Yale Elis recovered a few boats to end the race in 14th.  St. Mary's is now ahead by five points, which means it will take not only a Yale win over St. Mary's, but also a few boats in between for Yale to recover the overall lead.

Congratulations to Yale's A Division, skipper Thomas Barrows with crews Blair Belling and Maria Menninger for winning A Divsion by an outstanding 34 point lead.  There lowest-point regatta performance of 68 points over 18 gave them an average race of 3.77.

Race 18A - Top 5

1) Yale
2) St. Mary's
3) Washington College
4) South Florida
5) New York Maritime