2015 TOP MOMENT: #1 -- SAILING FINISHES SECOND IN NATION

2015 TOP MOMENT: #1 -- SAILING FINISHES SECOND IN NATION

We have been taking a look back at the Top Ten moments of 2015. Today we announce one a the top moment of 2015 as we look forward to making more memories in 2016.

We hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and Happy New Year.

TOP MOMENT #1 – SAILING FINISHES SECOND IN NATION

Coast Guard made its first trip to the podium at college sailings premier event since 1966 as the Bears placed second at the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship to win the Oxford University Trophy.

The Bears started the final day of the biggest event on the calendar in second place after a strong opening day of competition. In the first several races of the day, Coast Guard and regatta leader Yale University continued to sail consistently, putting more points between them and the other sixteen teams. 

Avery Fanning, Robert Turley, and Hannah Herring were second in B-Division with 110 points, just six points behind the 2014 College Sailing of the Year Graham Landy of Yale University. Impressively, they only finished outside of the top-10 twice during the entire eighteen race series. 

In B-Division, Nikole Barnes, Jennifer Lane, and Andrew Britton were third with 145 points. They had seven finishes in the top-5, including four individual race wins. Dana Rohde also helped the team qualify for the finals. 

Coast Guard combined for 255 points and second overall, winning the Oxford Trophy. The Oxford University Yacht Club team and its captain Jeremy Thomas presented this trophy in 1954 on the occasion of the first of a continuing series of college regattas between British and North American teams held alternately in the United States and Great Britain every two years.