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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Weekend Regatta Report: Rams compete at Dartmouth and Navy and win Coho Memorial on: October 18, 2017, 08:48:15 pm
Dear Fellow Rams and Friends,
This weekend the rams competed in three events up and down the eastern United States as far north as Dartmouth in Hanover, NH and as far south as the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, while also competing locally at Webb Institute in Glen Cove, NY.
At Dartmouth, the team competed in the three division Captain Hurst Regatta. Sailing for the rams were Roberto Stevens ’19 and Cortney Rielly ’20 in A division, Eduardo Mintzias ’21 and Will Dumke ’20 in B division, and Pep Costa ’21 with Lauren Holderman ’19 in C division. Once again, the team was plagued by light wind. Though many attempts were made, ultimately only one C division race was completed in marginal breeze all day Saturday, which left ample time for getting work done, catching up with friends, and enjoying the beautiful scenery on Lake Mascoma. On Sunday, the report time was pushed a half hour earlier to accommodate more races but the teams arrived to more of the same and it looked as though there might be no racing for the entire weekend. Luckily, the breeze quickly filled and the Dartmouth Race Committee was able to knock off a total of 26 races before 3:00 P.M. to end with 9 races in each division. The wind coming over the hills on the west side of the lake made for tricky sailing conditions and combined with the shortened regatta, made it difficult to develop a groove and maintain consistent scores throughout the day. Despite this, the rams sailed well, finishing in 12th overall.
At Navy, the team competed in the four division Captain Hurst Regatta. Sailing for the rams were Matt Cappetta ’19 and Annika Ekholm ’20 in A division, Tucker Hersam ’20 and Declan Lombard ’21 in B division, Thomas Cooper ’19 sailing the Laser Full-Rig in C division, and Brad Seferian ’19 sailing the Laser Radial in D division. Light wind and choppy conditions made for difficult racing on Saturday with only four races in each division. The breeze cooperated slightly better on Sunday and allowed for 9 races to be completed in each division for a total of 13 races. The rams posted some strong finishes in each division but ultimately ended the regatta in 18th place. A big thanks to Joe Lombard and Cliona O’Callaghan, parents of Declan, for hosting the team over the weekend and to Addy Ferguson ’17 for chaperoning.
Finally, a group of upperclassmen skippers and underclassmen crews traveled to Long Island to compete in the Coho Memorial hosted by Webb. Sailing for Fordham was Thomas Capozzi ’19 and Brigid Murphy ’20 in A division and Eamonn Austin ’19 with Sarah Jackman ’21 in B division. The Rams dominated the regatta from start to finish, and despite having to overcome a DSQ, won the regatta by 18 points. A huge congrats to the team and to Eamonn and Sarah who put up straight 1st place finishes to picket fence the regatta.
This weekend the rams will be competing in the MAISA Fall Women’s Championship at NY Maritime, the King’s Point Dinghy Open at KP, and the Hoyt Trophy at Brown. This is the first of three upcoming championship weekends and the top seven teams at the Women’s champs move on to compete at the Women’s ACCs at Connecticut College in November.

Johnny Norfleet
Head Coach
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Weekend Regatta Report: Rams Compete in Moody Trophy and Jen Harris Regatta on: October 10, 2017, 02:41:40 pm
Dear Fellow Rams and Friends,

This weekend the rams competed in two regattas, The Moody Trophy hosted by URI and The Jen Harris Navy Fall Women’s Regatta, recently renamed in memory of a 2000 USNA graduate.

Sailing for Fordham at the Jen Harris Memorial were Grace Howie ’20 and Elizabeth Hupp ’21 in A division, Charlotte LeClue ’19 and Gabi Mascio ’18 in B division, and Annika Ekholm dutifully taking on the role of C division Laser sailor.  This event was the first true women’s regatta our ladies have sailed this semester as we have had the opportunity to field a women’s team in two previous coed events. The Navy Women’s regatta is always a difficult event and provides an opportunity for our girls to practice against the best women’s teams on the east coast as we prepare for our conference championship in two weeks. In addition to a competitive field, Annapolis provided challenging sailing conditions. Outgoing current opposing the breeze created significant chop, which was amplified by the boat traffic from the Annapolis Boat Show. This put a premium on clean starts and strong boat-speed through a challenging sea state and made it difficult to recover from mistakes. Despite the challenging conditions, the girls finished strong to take 12th place overall with solid finishes in both double-handed divisions. Many thanks to the Hupp family who generously offered up their house to the team despite being out of the country.

Sailing for Fordham at the Moody Trophy were Eduardo Mintzias ’21 and Will Dumke ’20 in A division with Brad Seferian ’19 and Lauren Holderman ’18 in B division. The Moody is one of a kind in terms of the logistics surrounding the event. Due to the location of their sailing facility, the URI team must sail or tow their boats roughly 30 minutes out in order to get to an adequate sailing area, both for practice and regattas. As such, it is not practical to run rotations from their sailing center docks, which is otherwise the norm at college regattas. In order to circumvent this, they stage rotations from a tiny uninhabited island near their racing area. It has no shelter, no bathrooms, barely any clear beach space, and is therefore aptly dubbed “Survivor Island” by competitors who have been to the event. In addition to the unique rotation conditions, the rams faced difficult sailing conditions with upwind current, which made for a challenging starting line and many OCS starts. Despite this and a short regatta, which never gave the team time to get their legs under them, the Rams finished in a strong 8th place overall. Many thanks to Connor Godfrey ’16 for chaperoning the team this weekend and to the Capozzi family for generously hosting the team.

This weekend the rams are competing at the Truxton Umsted Regatta at Navy, the Captain Hurst at Dartmouth, and the Coho Memorial at Webb. Our top coed sailors will be spread across the combined seven divisions at the Hurst and Truxt, both of which are elite level intersectional regattas. This marks the last year that Navy will host regattas with C or D division laser fleets and we intend to make the most of it!


Johnny Norfleet
Head Coach

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