SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (June 2, 2016) – The Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship continued today co-hosted by San Diego Yacht Club and the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference. The teams are sailing on North San Diego Bay off of the B Street Pier. The top eighteen collegiate teams in the nation advanced from the previous two days of racing in the semifinals to make it to the finals event, which began today.
Racing got underway on time at 10:30 a.m. on windward-leeward courses with four legs. The sailors are competing in FJs.
The marine layer burned off and the sun came out for racing today, a nice change from previous days of racing. It was also warmer with temperatures in the low 70s. The winds ranged from about 6-10 knots. The race committee was able to run ten races in both divisions today leaving eight more races to go in the regatta.
Coast Guard had a strong opening day of the regatta, sitting in fourth overnight and well within striking distance of the leaders. On a day when every team struggled to find consistency, the Bears kept calm and collected, battling hard for every point.
"We are positioned amongst a group of teams that we're familiar with and have had close racing with all season," explained head coach Brian Swingly. "We are confident in our ability to close strong on the final day of every regatta, and intend to do so tomorrow."
Racing is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. No race can begin after 5 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled to take place after racing at San Diego Port Pier. Awards for podium finishers in this event will be presented, as well as the Everett Morris Memorial Trophy for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year, the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy for the best overall performing team and the Robert H. Hobbs Sportsmanship Award.
Top Nine Teams, Finals Day 1
1. Yale University, 129
2. Georgetown University, 134
3. Boston College, 147
4. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 155*
5. University of South Florida, 155*
6. Old Dominion University, 158
7. Stanford University, 163
8. U.S. Naval Academy, 179
9. Brown University, 183
*Number of high-place (1) finishes