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Author Topic: LADY RAMS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL'S + MUCH MORE!  (Read 80 times)
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« on: April 23, 2017, 10:03:27 pm »

It was a very good weekend for Fordham sailors as our Rams qualified for National’s for the fourth time in seven years, at the MAISA Women’s Championship, hosted by Cornell on Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY.

In addition, at Morris Yacht & Beach Club on City Island, Fordham hosted and won the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta for the second year in a row and the seventh time in the past 14 years. Our Rams also delivered a solid performance at the Admiral’s Cup Regatta hosted by the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. The two latter venues in Long Island Sound and Eastchester Bay were plagued by a lack of wind.


This competition commenced in 1948 as the Greater New York Dinghy Championship and was hosted by Kings Point for 30 years. After a 24-year hiatus, Kings Point found the original plaque and transferred the deed to Fordham, which resurrected the event in 2001.

Fordham was represented in A Division by Anders Ekholm ’17 & Emma Archard ’18, who placed second with a 2-3-2 series, and in B Division by frosh Tucker Hersam & Cortney Rielly, who sailed a 1-1-3 series to win that division.

From the Official Report:

Saturday, April 22:

Sailors arrived at Morris Yacht & Beach Club to no breeze on the racecourse. After numerous delays on shore, A division hit the water just after 12:00. Two races were completed in a dying breeze that ultimately became too light to start a 3rd race. Racing was postponed on shore until 3:00 at which point it became clear that the breeze would not fill and sailors were sent home for the night.

Sunday, April 23:

Teams arrived Sunday morning to a dying southerly. A division was sent out right away to complete the 3rd race of their set before a quick rotation. B was able to complete 2 races in 3-6 knots before the breeze completely shut off. After a long delay on the water, B was able to squeeze in a final race in a localized southerly. Racing was called for the day at 1:30. Many thanks to JJ Monro '16 for serving as regatta chair/PRO and managing to complete a regatta in very difficult conditions. Also thanks to Nina Synnestvedt '14 and Elaina Mansley '16 for returning to help run the event; Thomas Capozzi '19, Eamonn Austin '19, and Jacqueline Tobin '20 for running the RC boat all weekend, and to the rest of the Fordham and Columbia sailors who helped on shore. Congratulations to the Fordham Rams for winning the 2017 Greater New York Dinghy Regatta.

FINAL RESULTS (* = Varsity Team)

1. FORDHAM                    12 points
2. Tufts *                         18
3. Cornell                         19
4. Stevens                        35
5. SUNY Stony Brook         36
6. Fairfield                         38
7. Princeton                       40
8. Columbia                       45
9. Sacred Heart                  49
10. SUNY Maritime *           50
11. Syracuse                      62
12. U.S. Military Academy    64


At most fleet racing events, racing is conducted in double-handed dinghies, 420s and/or FJs.  At this competition, both classes were used in A & B divisions. However, the Admiral’s Cup includes a third division raced in single-handed Lasers. Brad Sefarian ’19, who is not an experienced Laser sailor, took one for the team and represented Fordham in C Division, where he finished 17th. Will Holz ’17 & Charlotte Leclue ’19 competed for Fordham in A Division while Alex Tayler ’17 & Jamie Spence ’18 represented the Rams in B Division.

From the Official Report:

Saturday, April 22:

Sailors showed up to a very light Northerly and scattered showers. We were rigged and ready but postponed on shore until there was a gap in the rain and the northerly stabilized. Harbor start was 11:20 and racing commenced shortly after. We started race 3A in showers and a dying breeze. We had to abandon that race and sent everyone ashore. We waited until 1530 and called it for the day.

There were two protests heard. One was disallowed and one was withdrawn. Thank you to SMC coach and ICSA rep Connor Blouin and USNA coach Dillon Paiva for hearing them.

Report time is 0900 tomorrow. Hopefully we get some wind!

Sunday, April 23:

We were only able to complete 1 race in all 3 divisions today. Race 3A started at 0940 in about 5 knots. After race 3C the wind was starting to die. A division was about 3/4 of the way into race 4 before we had to abandon due to no wind. We sent everyone back to shore and waited until 1300. We called it for the day and as expected the southerly filled in exactly at 1500.

Congratulations to Tufts for winning the 2017 Admirals Cup.

Thank you to Morgan Collins (ODU '11) for being the PRO and to the USMMA Midshipmen for helping run the event.

FINAL RESULTS (* = Varsity Team)

1. Tufts *                             37 points
2. Yale *                              41
3. Old Dominion *                58
4. Charleston *                    64
5. Hampton  *                     68
6. Roger Williams  *             70
7. Bowdoin  *                      74
8. Hobart/Wm. Smith  *       75
9. USMMA/Kings Point  *      80
10. St. Mary’s  *                  84
11. FORDHAM                      91
12. US Coast Guard Acad. *  92
13. US Naval Academy  *      92
14. George Washington  *   103
15. South Florida  *            111
16. Dartmouth  *               115
17. Christopher Newport *  130
18. SUNY Stony Brook        154

Fordham’s 11th place finish is deceptive because our total focus now is to qualify for Coed National’s, which will take place next week in double-handed dinghies. Looking at the combined results of A & B divisions only,  the order of finish would be: Yale, Tufts, ODU, Hampton, Kings Point and our Rams in 6th place, still finishing ahead of such Sailing powerhouses as Navy & Coast Guard!

MAISA WOMEN’S DINGHY CHAMPIONSHIP at NAVY (Top 9 Teams Qualify for National’s)

Annapolis and the Severn River received the wind, which didn’t show up on Long Island Sound, enabling the Race Committee at Navy to run a total of 30 races over the weekend.

Adelaide Ferguson ’17 & Annika Ekholm ‘20 teamed up to place fifth in A Division. They had eight top five finishes including two bullets. In B Division, Amanda Stapp ’18 and Katherine Jones ’18 paired up except in Races 9 & 10B when Grace Howie subbed for Amanda. Our B Division team also had a solid performance placing eighth with six top five finishes.

Our Rams finished seventh overall to earn a berth in the 2017 ICSA Women’s National Championship.

From the Official Report:

Saturday, April 22:

The first day of the 2017 MAISA Women's Championship was overcast and a bit chilly, with rain on and off throughout the day. The course was set in the mouth of the Severn River, just inside Greenbury Point, with coaches and alternates in coach boats on the water. The wind ranged from 5-12 knots from the northeast with big shifts and pressure changes. A division started in 420s and B was in FJs through the first nine races, before the fleets switched for race 10. PRO Steve Podlich and his race committee team did a fantastic job of efficiently running quality races. We did 6 races per division, took a lunch break and came back out for 4 more. No protests, breakdowns or requests for redress were filed, but we'd like to thank Maureen Mills, jerk Morin and Andrew Cole for being here ready to hear them if they had been filed. 7 races remain to determine the top 9 who will represent MAISA at the Women's Nationals and to crown our conference champion.

Sunday, April 23:

On Sunday, the wind started out from the northeast and we started sailing in the mouth of the Severn River near the entrance to Back Creek. The first few races were held in 5-10 knots, but the pressure slowly dropped to below the minimum after race 15A. We came back to the dock for a lunch break and held onshore while we waited for the wind to fill back in. At 2:30 a light southeast breeze filled and we set a course in the Severn Rive off the Robert Crown Center. We were able to sail race 15 B before the wind died again and the time limit eventually expired. Congratulations to the top 9 who advance to the Women's National Championship and to the St. Mary's College of Maryland Seahawks for claiming the 2017 MAISA Women's Championship.

FINAL RESULTS (* = Varsity Team)

1.  St. Mary’s  *                                  119 points
2.  Georgetown  *                               143
3.  George Washington   *                   152
4. Hobart/William Smith  *                  157
5.  Cornell  *                                      161
6.  U/Pennsylvania                              179
7.  FORDHAM                                      203
8.  US Naval Academy  *                      217
9.   U/Virginia                                     242
10. Christopher Newport  *                  254
11.  Columbia                                     333
12.  Old Dominion  *                           351
13.  Monmouth                                   378
14.  SUNY Stony Brook                        388
15.  Queens University                         407
16.  Drexel                                          415
17.  William & Mary                              491

Congratulations to our Women’s team and all our sailors, men & women, who sailed so well this weekend.              
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 10:14:41 pm »

Congrats, Fordham Sailors!
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 01:47:46 am »

Way to go,sailors!
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