Webb Sailing - Fourth at the Icefree Invitational


CNU Icefree B-Division
 Freshman class sailors Doug Zangre (left) and Seaen Murphy push ahead during their B-Division race.
 
March 13-14, 2010
By Seth Cooley '10
  

The first regatta of the Spring 2010 season was at Christopher Newport University the weekend of March 13-14th. After the long drive, Webb sailors were greeted Saturday by overcast skies and light breeze at the 2010 Icefree Invitational. Boats were rigged and sailed out to the bay where the wind promptly shut off. The sun came out and heated the fleet up to an incredible 70 degrees, but the wind remained less than adequate. After an extended raft-up racing was abandoned for the day and the boats were towed in.

Day two saw a bit more wind with the breeze getting up to about 5 knots—enough to run XX races. The sky was clear and it was even warmer than the day before—a great retreat for the Webb team from the Northeast. Webb performed very well in B-division though A-division suffered a bit. With a crew weight oriented for bigger breeze, the down-wind finishes of the CNU box, especially, were quite painful! The heavy half of the team implemented some newly learned techniques and focused on crisp roll tacks in order to bleed as few boats as possible in the light air—they kept sailing as fast as they could.

Racing was very close in both divisions: A-division was in a three-way tie on points for 3rd, and B-division was in a two-way tie on points for third. Unfortunately the sum of these two dropped Webb into 4th place out of 8 schools competing. As much as the team would have liked a podium position they were quite satisfied with their first regatta of the season’s results.

Many thanks go out to the CNU team who ran races in addition to housing the Webb team!

Final Scores

Place

College

 

Div. A

 

Div. B

Team

1

Fordham

 

12

 

17

 

29

2

Hampton

 

28

 

12

 

40

3

U Virginia

 

13

 

28

 

41

4

Webb

 

28

 

28

 

56

5

CNU 1

 

28

 

32

 

60

6

CNU 2

 

51

 

37

 

88

7

William and Mary

 

46

 

45

 

91

8

U Maryland

 

46

 

54

 

100

Webb Sailors: Seth Cooley '10, Dave Gross '10, Mike LaRose '13, Sean Murphy '13, Doug Zangre '13