ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Coast Guard finished fourth at the 2016 Truxtun Umsted Trophy, a four division regatta hosted by the US Naval Academy. This was the Bears' first appearance at this event in over a decade.
One of the most prestigious and historic events of the year, the Truxtun Umsted showcases the top teams in the country. In the four division format, each team sails a 420, and FJ, a Laser Full Rig, and a Laser Radial, with the total of all divisions equaling the team's overall score. It is an event that demonstrates depth on the roster, rewarding consistent top finishes during the course of the 80 scheduled races.
On Saturday competitors were forced to wait on shore with no wind until just before noon when a light southwesterly filled enough to allow the race committee to set a course. Racing then continued until sunset across a wide range wind velocities and directions. Several course changes were made throughout the day.
Coast Guard struggled to get into a groove on Saturday. Although they had several top-5 finishes, the Bears lacked consistency. They found themselves in seventh overall at the end of the day, after being as low as ninth.
Sunday's races began in a light west-southwest breeze that eventually swung to a solid 10-15 knot southeasterly in which the final three hours of races were contested. Aside from a few double digit finishes, the Bears put together multiple quality races to slowly climb their way back up the leaderboard.
In A-Division, Nikole Barnes, Anna Morin and Connor Oursler finished third with 114 points. Dana Rohde and Hannah Herring were seventh in B-Division with 146 points. Sailing the Laser Full Rig in C-Division, Paul Didham finished seventh with 130 points. Andrew Widmeier, sailing the Laser Radial, finished seventh in D-Division with 135 points.
The team combined for 525 points and fourth overall. First through third went to Georgetown University, College of Charleston, and Tufts University respectively.