Fanning Named CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week

Coast Guard Academy freshman Avery Fanning has been named the CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week as he won the Laser Full Rig Division at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta , which took place Dec. 27th-30th.

The Orange Bowl is one of the biggest youth regattas in the world, attracting over 500 sailors in various classes each year. This is the first time a sailor has represented the Academy on the water during the event.

Fanning was second and fifth in the two races on Day one of the regatta. Over the next two days, he won five of eight races

On the final day, he would race twice. In the first race he had an uncharacteristically bad start, which put him well behind and without the upwind speed advantage he had during the previous three days.  At the first weather mark, Fanning was in 18th place with all of his close competitors sitting in the top-6.  On the ensuing downwind leg, Fanning used every bit of his skill to pass nine boats, a place he would keep until the finish line.  Despite it being his second to worst score of the regatta, that race all but ensured him the overall victory.