CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston sailing team competed in four regattas over the weekend and claimed two first-place victories at the North Points #2 regatta hosted by Clemson in Clemson, S.C., and the home-hosted Charleston Women’s Intersectional at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
The fifth-ranked CofC women finished first and fifth respectively in the nine-team Charleston Women’s Intersectional field with a 34-point victory over its nearest opponent second-place Yale (93) and third-place Georgetown (94).
Racing began in SSW winds between 10-14 knots and a slacking ebb tide. A-and B-Divisions raced in a combined fleet resulting in 18 boats on the line. Five races were completed using W4s and W5s with offsets and gates.
Senior skipper Corey Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.) led the Cougars to a 59-point first-place victory in A-Division with the crew of junior Sarah Scudder (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and sophomore Carly Shevitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.), while freshman skipper Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) and sophomore crew Elizabeth Chambers (Mooresville, N.C.) placed fifth with 127 points. In B-Division, sophomore skipper Grace Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.) and junior crew Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) placed first with 79 points and freshman skipper Melany Johnson (Berwyn, Pa.) along with the crew comprised of freshman Morgan Buckley (Yonkers, N.Y.) and junior Molly O’Neil (Narragansett, R.I.) finished fifth with 96 points.
In North Points #2 competition, freshman skipper Iván Aponte-Taboas (Humacao, Puerto Rico) guided A-Division to an 11-point first-place victory with freshman crew Connor Murphy (North Andover, Mass.), while sophomore skipper Amy Kubie (Norwalk, Conn.) directed B-Division to an 8-point first-place victory with junior crew Mary Massalon (Charleston, S.C.) at the Western Carolina Sailing Club.
The Cougars arrived to a departing storm system with temperatures in the high 50s where they remained all day. The conditions were light and challenging, thus rewarding skillful light air boat handling and sail trim. CofC defeated teams from Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, The Citadel, Clemson, North Carolina State, Georgia and UNC Wilmington.
Meanwhile, the defending champion and fifth-ranked CofC team racing squad placed third at the Graham Hall Team Race hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Cougars compiled a 16-6 overall record with a 4-3 mark in the Gold race with wins against Georgetown, Tufts, No. 4-ranked Hobart and William Smith and St. Mary’s College of Maryland behind the contingent of senior Zeke Horowitz (Sarasota, Fla.), junior Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.), junior All-American Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.), senior All-American Perry Emsiek (Corona del Mar, Calif.) and senior Sam Stokes (Norfolk, Va.), and junior Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.), senior Alyssa Aitken (Sandwich, Mass.) and junior Jeff Aschieris (Newport Beach, Calif.). They also posted a 12-3 record in the round-robin races to place among the top eight teams which advanced to Sunday’s Gold regatta on the Severn River.
In the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Cougars were a mere eight points from first-place honors behind the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (54). They placed second with a fourth-place finish in A-Division by junior skipper Cameron Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and freshman crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) and a first-place finish in B-Division by freshman skipper Chris Sands (Nassau, Bahamas) and freshman crew Tierney Driscoll (Bayport, N.Y.), who won six of 10 races amid strong, gusty winds blowing out of the Northwest between 20 and 30 knots.
CofC continues competition through the campus’ spring break holiday with the North Points #3 regatta hosted by Tennessee on March 10 in Knoxville, Tenn., the Navy Springs Women’s Invitational hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy on March 10-11 in Annapolis, Md., and the St. Mary’s Team Race hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland on March 10-11 in St. Mary’s City, Md.