ANNAPOLIS, MD – Coast Guard's Offshore Sailors traveld to the Naval Academy to compete in the Shields Trophy, Intercollegiate Sailing's Championship for service and maritime academies. The Shields is sailed aboard the heavyweight Navy 44's with crews of eight.
The lineup for the Bears included Helmsman Riely Brande '18, Tactican Will Colomb '18, Mainsheet Trimmer Andrew Goetz '18, Jib Trimmer Zachary Groce '19, Spinnaker Trimmer Erin Wright '18, Pitman Will Gigantelli '18, Mastman Peter Reeve '17, and Bowman Jean-Michel Depew '19.
Light air and strong currents made for a challenging racecourse off Thomas Point. Six races were completed over the two day regatta. A full race by race report is available on Techscore.
Bears skipper Riley Brande commented, "Getting those heavy boats rolling in light air was key to this weekend, which meant focused driving and meticulous sail trim. At one point we saw Navy's crew with binoculars trained on our car placement and trim in as they tried to match speed."
Will Gigantelli gave his perspective on the gameplan heading into the opening intercollegiate big boat event of the season, "We kept things simple, and capitalized on the mistakes of others"
Coast Guard won the opening race on Saturday and averaged 3.0 pts per race throughout the series to bring home second overall.
Offshore Sailing will next compete in the J/44 and J/70 fleets at American Yacht Club Fall Series on September 26-27.