Nationals Blog - Women's Semifinals Day One

Nationals Blog - Women's Semifinals Day One

The intercollegiate sailing team has once again qualified for both the Sperry Women's National Championship and the Gill Coed National Championship. Sophomore Madelynn Widmeier will be giving an inside look on the team's trip to Charleston, SC during the championships. 

Tuesday, May 23

Today was one wet day. We arrived to the College of Charleston Sailing Center, located in Patriots Point and there was a slight drizzle. It honestly was a welcoming feeling because it was so hot and muggy out. We were the first team there with a combination of nerves and excitement.

Today and tomorrow are the semifinals and the top nine teams from the Eastern and Western conference qualify for the finals. The wind was 8-10 knots from the southwest with a strong current going against the wind. At Coast Guard we are used to sailing in strong current, but each different venue is unique. It can be argued that baseball's, football's, and soccer's playing field never really change, but that is not the case with sailing. We will never have the same amount of wind or current from the same direction so during each race we learned a lot from watching from shore and while sailing the races to start figuring out the racecourse.

As the thunderstorms approached, we were only able to get in 3 races in, and were postponed ashore for over an hour as it started raining sideways followed by thunder and lightening. After the weather cleared up, we were able to get one more race in, before it started torrential down pouring. Since there was no thunder, we continued to race but just as we got to the windward mark, the thunder returned. The race was abandoned and races were finished for the day. Luckily we are sailing right next to the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier, and had an awesome view of the racecourse from the flight decks out of the rain.

The forecast tomorrow looks breezier but with scattered thunderstorms. The Bears are excited for the opportunity to do more "homework" on the water tomorrow to be better prepared for the finals. 

- Maddie Widmeier, Pipersville, PA

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