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« on: April 16, 2017, 10:39:36 pm »


This was a Fleet Racing competition with two divisions of 20 teams each.  Teams receive one point for first, two for second, etc. At the end of the regatta, the scores of both divisions are added together and low-point team wins.

In A Division, Fordham was represented by Will Holz ’17 & Charlotte Leclue ’19, and in B Division, Adelaide “Addy” Ferguson ’17 & William Dumke ’20 did battle for the Rams.

From the Official Report:

Saturday, April 15:
The first day of the 2017 Navy Spring Regatta started out overcast. Winds were out of the Southeast at 3-8 knots and a course was set in the Severn river off Triton Point. We sailed three 4W races per division and then came in for a lunch break. After lunch, we did 3 more and then took another quick rotation break. While the boats were coming back out, the sun came out and the wind shifted to the south with a slight increase. We reset the course and did four more races per division to end the day. After racing, the competitors were treated to a great complimentary cookout provided by the volunteers of the NASS Social Committee.

Sunday, April 16:
We started a bit late on Sunday to accommodate those who wanted to attend Easter services, so we didn't get on the water until 10:30. It was sunny and warm, with high temperatures in the low 80s. The wind was from the Southwest at 8-15 knots and due to the direction, the course was set out in the mouth of the Severn River off Horn Point. Since we were pretty far out there, we decided to not take a lunch break and end the day early. The wind was very puffy and shifty and the Race Committee had their hands full keeping the course square. The racing was tight all day with Georgetown and Navy trading the lead back and forth. The Hoyas held the lead by one point going into the last B race, but the Midshipmen were able to win the race and secure the overall regatta victory.

ORDER OF FINISH (* = Varsity team)
1.  U.S. Naval Academy  *               131 Points
2.  Georgetown  *                           135
3.  FORDHAM                                  180
4.  George Washington  *                193
5.  St. Mary’s  *                              218
6.  Jacksonville  *                            235
7.  Hampton  *                                250
8.  Old Dominion  *                         250
9.  Charleston  *                             271
10.  Vermont                                  311
11.  Stanford  *                              320
12.  SUNY Maritime  *                     338
13.  Hobart/Wm. Smith  *               340
14.  Texas A&M/Galveston               366
15.  Cornell                                    367
16.  USMMA (Kings Point)  *            372
17.  Eckerd  *                                385
18.  U. of Miami                             475
19.  North Carolina State                563
20.  Massachusetts Maritime  *       630   


Fordham entered two teams in this 18-team Fleet Racing regatta. In RAMS 1, the Maroon was represented in A Division by Alec Tayler ’17 & Katherine Jones ’18, and in B Division by Matt Cappetta ’19 & Jamie Spence ’18. In RAMS 2, Roberto Stevens ’19 & Lauren Holderman ’18 teamed up in A division with Anders Ekholm ’17 & Gabrielle Mascio ’18 in B Division.

From the Official Report:

Saturday, April 15:
Frustrating day on Granite Bay due to lack of wind. Only 4 races in each division were sailed. A Division sailed FJ's while B Division sailed Z420's. Racing began at 1pm and two races were sailed in a light southeasterly before the wind shut off and the fleet sailed in for a late lunch. About an hour and a half later the breeze filled from the south and two more races were sailed. All races were course W4's. After an early general recall the I flag was flown the rest of the day. Racing was close and tactical. One protest was filed resulting in a DSQ. Divisions will switch fleets on Sunday morning and the first race is scheduled for 10am warning. See you all on Easter Sunday!!

Sunday, April 16:
What a difference a day makes! Nine races were completed in both divisions in a fantastic WSW breeze ranging from 5-15 knots but mostly 10-12 knots. Very few mark changes were necessary which enabled the RC to crank out races. All races were W4's with the I Flag flying. B Division sailed four races in the morning and then sailed in for lunch while A Division sailed six races before lunch with both divisions completing nine races for the day. Yale Bulldogs 2 had a great battle with the Brown Bears for the Ivy League Championship with the Bulldogs prevailing even after a fantastic day by Brown sailors Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick and Haley Carter who won five of the nine races sailed today! One redress was filed which was denied. Many thanks to KB Knapp and Patrick Buehler for staffing the RC Boat, Chase Skoda for scoring and land logistics and Caleb Dorfman for judging.

ORDER OF FINISH (* = Varsity team)
1.  Yale #2  *                125 Points
2.  Brown                      131
3.  Bowdoin  *               181
4.  FORDHAM #1           185
5.  Harvard *                 189
6.  Yale #1  *                192
7.  Rhode Island            197
8.  Dartmouth  *            217
9.  Roger Williams  *      226
10. Tufts  *                    242
11. U/Pennsylvania         248
12. Boston Univ.             263
13. FORDHAM #2           272
14. USCGA *                  285
15. Cornell                     288
16. Conn College            328
17. SUNY Stony Brook    430
18. SUNY Maritime  *     448

Next weekend, Fordham will be hosting the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta at Morris Yacht & Beach Club on City Island, plus participating in the MAISA Women’s Spring Dinghy Championship at the USNA in Annapolis, and the Admiral’s Cup at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Spectators are welcome at all three sites.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 11:49:01 pm »

Very good showing!
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 09:18:15 am »

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 06:27:18 pm »

Some additional details on the weekend:

This past week in practice our team and worked hard to get back into fleet racing. Thanks to Fordham’s Easter Break schedule, we were able to have to have two full days of practice on Thursday and Friday, which undoubtedly helped us to have a grand performance this weekend at the Owen Trophy, hosted by Yale, and at the Navy Spring Regatta.

At the Owen Trophy, we sent two teams. Sailing for Rams 1 was Alec Tayler (‘17) and KJ Jones (‘18) in A division, and Matt Cappetta (‘19) and Jamie Spence (‘18) in B division. For Rams 2 we had Roberto Stevens (‘19) and Lauren Holderman (‘18) in A division, and Anders Ekholm (‘17) and Gabi Mascio (‘18) in B division. We asked Anders Ekholm (‘17) to give us an overview of the weekend:

Anders Ekholm ('17): “This weekend was great to get back into the fleet racing mentality after spending much of our season team racing. While the conditions were tricky and very light at times, our two teams were able to figure it out and put together some solid performances. There are definitely some things we need to work on, but everything is looking very positive as we continue to build towards our  national qualifiers these next couple of weekends”.

Overall, Rams 1 finished in 4th place, and Rams 2 finished in 13th place. We also would like to give a shout out to Nina Synnestvedt for traveling with the team over Easter weekend! For the full scores, please use the following link:

At Navy Spring, we had a stellar performance. In A division, we had Will Holz (‘17) and Charlotte LeClue (‘19), and in B division, we had Adelaide Ferguson (‘17) and Will Dumke (‘20). Breeze on Saturday was between 3-8 knots, and pressure Sunday increased to 8-15 knots with temperatures in the 80s! Both divisions had several impressive finishes. Combined, we had a total of eight top 2 finishes! To see their full scores, please use the following link:

Next weekend is our MAISA Women’s Qualifier back at the Naval Academy, the Admiral’s Cup at King’s Point and Fordham will be hosting the Greater New York Dinghy at Morris Yacht and Beach Club. For our Women’s team, this qualifier is their conference championship. The top 10 teams qualify for the Nationals this Spring at Charleston! If we can sail like we did this weekend, there is no doubt we can secure a berth at our qualifiers!

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