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Weekend Regatta Report: Rams Compete in Moody Trophy and Jen Harris Regatta

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« 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
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