ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Offshore Sailing Team brought a large contingent to Annapolis this past weekend to compete in two big events. The McMillan Cup Regatta is the oldest collegiate sailing event dating back to 1930 and is the Intercollegiate big boat racing championship for the New England, Middle Atlantic and South Atlantic Conferences. The event is sailed in USNA's fleet of Navy 44 sloops. The second was the Colgate 26 Invitational pitting many of the freshmen offshore teams from the same regions on the Severn River.
The Bears "Mac Cup" team led by skipper Eric Gimple and crew Zachary Groce, Amy Chamberlin, Toby Ferl, Gregory Gaskel, Jacob Dennis, Megan Wadleigh and Richard O'Leary had a solid day in the four races on Saturday. By virtue of winning the last of the day, the Bears came off the water in fourth overall. With no racing on Sunday and a scoring penalty awarded to Massachusetts Maritime, CGA was awarded third overall, soundly beat Navy, Kings Point and Army in ten team field. SUNY Maritime College won the event with 9 points, second was College of Charleston 14 point and third place CGA had 18.
The Colgate 26 Invitational is a "JV/Freshman" regatta with many of the sailors on each team competing in their first ever collegiate regatta. The Bears were no exception. Led by sophomore Jesse McKnight who assumed coaching duties for the day, the Bears team of skipper Liam Long and crew Chris Jinsei Alemania, Merrill Cline and Adam Nix had a great day finishing in the top 3 in five of eight races and were third overall for the regatta. Navy won the events with 22 points, second was the University of Michigan with 22 and CGA third with 27 in the ten team field.
Next up for the team is the Kennedy Cup, the big boat National Championship on November 2-4 to end the season.
Photo Credit: Pete Carrico