Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

ICSA Western and Eastern Coed Nationals Semifinals 2011 day one

by Jennifer Mitchell on 2 May 2011
Chris Segerblom and Liz Brim of Yale sail towards the windward mark in the Western fleet - ICSA Coed National Eastern and Western Semifinal Championships Glennon Stratton http://ww.GTSphotos.com
The first day of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s (ICSA) Coed Semifinals, where the 36 top college sailing teams in the country gathered to compete in order to vie for spots to the ICSA/Gill Coed National Championships May 30 – June 1 at the Gorge in Cascade Locks, Oregon, began with close to an hour delay this morning due to dueling winds. Once the breeze filled in from the southerly direction it provided an excellent sea breeze that ranged from 5 knots to 12 knots throughout the day with gusts to 16 knots. Six races were completed for both events in both A and B divisions. With sunny skies and warm temperatures, it was an excellent day for racing.

The competing schools are divided into two events of 18 teams each the Eastern Semifinals and the Western Semifinals, which are being run simultaneously off of the Belmont Veteran Memorial Pier, hosted by the U.S. Sailing Center and the University of Southern California’s Varsity Sailing Team. The top nine teams from each semifinal will advance to the ICSA/Gill Coed National Championships.

The racing took place on a trapezoid course (for an image of the course visit the event website) with the Western Semifinal beginning the day sailing on the outer course of the trapezoid and the Eastern Semifinal starting second sailing on the inner course of the trapezoid. Due to the short upwind leg of the course it caused a lot of boats to build up and overlap at the windward mark, resulting in protests and in some cases disqualifications. Similarly after the long run to the single leeward mark (there was no gate option) boats overlapped in big pinwheels making for interesting outcomes in the rounding’s; teams are hoping for a gate on the course at the leeward mark tomorrow to clean up some of the mess.

Leading the Western Semifinal regatta is Roger Williams University (Bristol, R.I.) who has proven to be a strong coed team all season ranked no. 1 in the latest Sailing World College Rankings. 'When the breeze filled in it felt good. We had good starts, made good decisions and had good boat speed', reported Amanda Callahan head coach at Roger Williams. Their team of Cy Thompson (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I) and crew Kelly Stannard (Salem, Conn.) in A-division and Alec Anderson (Tortola, B.V.I.) and crew Sophie Bellacosa (Winchester, Mass.) in B-division are ahead of the second place team Yale University by thirteen points. Roger Williams will be looking to do more of the same on the racecourse tomorrow.


In the Eastern Semifinal Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) is the event leader, but only two points ahead of Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) in second place. The racing has been very fair and good in both events fleets, John Vandemoer head coach at Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.); felt that the racing is very tight. His team of Mateo Vargas (Treasure Island, FL) with crew Rebecca King (Santa Monica, Calif.) in A-division and Kevin Laube (San Diego, Calif.) with crew Kelly Ortel (Annapolis, MD) is currently in sixth place in the Eastern Semifinal, however they are only ten points from third place and thirty points ahead of eighth place.

The real goal for teams in this competition in both events is to place in the top nine so that they can advance to the ICSA/Gill Coed Nationals at the Gorge. There were no huge surprises today, the teams who came into the event having done well all season are finding themselves in the top half of the fleet today. With the exception of Brown University (Providence, R.I.) who has performed well previously, is struggling in ninth place after today’s racing in the Eastern Semifinals on the verge of qualification. We will follow the racing and hope that tomorrow’s conditions are as favorable as today with good sea breeze and fit in six more great races for the fleets tomorrow. With the racing so close it is still anyone’s game.

Racing begins off the pier Sunday, May 1 at 10:15 a.m. Follow the regatta and see full results live at 2011semis.collegesailing.info.

Results are protest pending at this time.

Eastern Semifinals Top 9
1. Harvard University
2. Georgetown University
3. College of Charleston
4. U.S. Naval Academy
5. Tufts University
6. Stanford University
7. Connecticut College
8. Old Dominion University
9. Brown University

Western Semifinals Top 9
1. Roger Williams University
2. Yale University
3. Boston College
4. St. Mary’s College of Maryland
5. University of South Florida
6. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
7. University of Miami
8. Eckerd College
9. University of Wisconsin

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Event website

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Schaefer 2016 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearKilwell - 3