NEWPORT, R.I. - St. Mary's College of Maryland sailing competed in the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championships on Thursday (May 30) and Friday (May 31) at the Sail Newport Sailing Center at Fort Adams. The Seahawks finished seventh in the 18 team field. In addition, Liam McCarthy and Leo Boucher were named Honorable Mention All-American skippers. McCarthy also picked up a major award, being named the Hobbs Sportsman of the Year, which recognizes a sailor whose spirit and attitude is notable both on and off the water.
A wind delay on Friday morning kept sailors onshore until enough filled in to have a 12:10 p.m. harbor start. Winds filled in from the southeast and stayed light to moderate in the afternoon. The last races of the day brought some stronger pressure and hiking conditions. There were big oscillating shifts across the racecourse challenging the sailors to stay in phase and sail fast.
Racing concluded just before 5:30 p.m. meeting the deadline to not start a race after 5 p.m. The competitors completed six races in each division for a regatta total of 16 races in both divisions in FJs and Z420s on windward-leeward courses.
St. Mary's College accumulated 266 points for seventh place, thanks to a sixth place finish in the A division from McCarthy and Kaisey McCallion. Boucher, Ashley Wagner, Lewis Cooper, and Lydia McPherson-Shambarger finished third in the B division. For full results, click here.
This concludes the 2018-19 season for the St. Mary's College of Maryland sailing team.