America Trophy (April 14th-15th): This past weekend, for the first time William and Mary Sailing competed in the MAISA Conference Championships at Hobart and William Smith College in New York. 18 of the best teams in MAISA sent their very best to compete. Saturday brought little wind with lots of time to admire the dazzling emerald green water and majestic bluff that overlooks Lake Seneca. Furthermore, several skippers were witnessed admiring the fuzziness of the tiller extensions and shiny allure of the new c420s. Unfortunately wind only allowed for six races to be sailed on the first day but excitement was at its highest. The next morning, Isaac Clark (‘12), Derrill Hagood (‘13), Diana Kong (’14), Taco Bill (’14), Delaney Osborn (’13), and Scott Guinn (’15), came back ready to rock ‘n roll. And rock ‘n roll they did. The wind was fairly steady allowing A division to sail 3 more sets nailing an 8th in one of the races. B division sailed 4 more sets topping out with a 4th place near the end of the day. Overall the team represented itself quite soundly finishing in a comfortable 14th. Looking back on the accomplishments of the team this year, this regatta will undoubtedly place near the top of the lengthy list. Isaac Clark, a graduating senior and inspiring contributor to the team, sailed his final collegiate regatta proudly and speedily. His experience and dedication will certainly be missed in years to come. Hopefully this was the first of many trips to the America Trophy Regatta! – Scott Guinn, ’15
Isaac Clark ‘12 and Derrill Hagood ‘13 after sailing their last race together.
MAISA Spring Open (April 14th-15th): Last weekend, Efe Brock (‘13), Liz Wolfe (‘14), Amanda Castagna (‘15), Katie Menoche (‘15) and Ella Cahill (‘15) headed to Annapolis to compete in the MAISA Spring Open at Navy. We sailed in Navy’s beautiful 420s and FJs, also admiring the fuzzy, comfortable nature of the boats. The wind started out light both mornings, and built steadily to 10-15 knots as the day went on, allowing us to sail 12 races in each fleet on Saturday and making Sunday a quick morning of only four races in each fleet. We competed against stiff competition from some of the best teams in MAISA and finished solidly in 14th place. Overall, this regatta was a great learning experience and we’re proud of all our hard work this weekend! – Ella Cahill ‘15
Full Scores: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s12/maisa-spring-open/full-scores
ODU Women’s Open (April 21st-22nd): This weekend for our last regatta of the season we are sending Katie Menoche ‘15, Ella Cahill ‘15, Amanda Castagna ‘15, Allie Rosenbluth ‘15, Kaylor Wright ‘14, and Meghan Tamminen ‘12 to the MAISA Spring Women’s Open. It’s going to be feirce competition, but our women are ready for it! Let’s end the season on a high note!
Parent’s Weekend (April 21st): Come one, come all to the First Annual W&M Sailing Parents’ Weekend! It’s not too late to RSVP if you can attend (email@example.com), but if not, you will certainly be missed. However, we are taking bids by proxy (your children) for our awesome auction items! Some of the featured items are a gift basket of Helly Henson sailing gear, naming rights to one of our FJs, and a gift basket of Food for the Southern Soul food items! If you are able to attend, we will be enjoying some great sailing in beautiful weather for the morning and ending the evening with a cocktail party and auction at the sailing site. I look forward to meeting you all there!
Derrill Hagood ‘13