No. 5 Bears Advance to Atlantic Coast Championship

No. 5 Bears Advance to Atlantic Coast Championship

BOSTON, Mass.--The 5th ranked sailing team finished fourth at the NEISA Fall Championship for the Erwin Schell Trophy and advanced to the Atlantic Coast Championship. This will be the Bears' first appearance at the ACCs in over a decade.

Saturday was a frustrating day for sailors and race management on the Charles River. A west wind pulsed in occasionally from the west and the southwest with some dramatically sticky holes. At least nine races were abandoned when the first beat turned into a fetch or the breeze entirely evaporated. Only two races per division were completed on Saturday, leaving the bulk of the championship to be contested on Sunday.

Although the wind was a bit stronger on Sunday morning, the racecourse was anything but straightforward. Large shifts and huge holes with no wind were prevalent, keeping competitors on their toes. The Bears struggled to find consistency early in the event, putting up uncharacteristically high numbers. By the mid day fleet switch – where competitors swap the type of boat they are sailing – Coast Guard found themselves in thirteenth overall with several points to make up to secure a qualifying position.

"The team did a fantastic job of regrouping during the fleet switch, after which they started to surge up the leaderboard," commented head coach Brian Swingly. "Their preparation, maturity, and poise allowed them to overcome some really tough races earlier in the day."

During the final twelve races of the regatta, six per division, the Bears never finished outside of the top-7. Race by race their position continued to improve and they ultimately finished the event in fourth place overall, safely qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Championship.

Avery Fanning and Robert Turley finished fourth in A-Division with 79 points. In B-Division, Nikole Barnes and Anna Morin finished sixth with 78 points. The team combined for 157 points.

Boston University took home the 2015 Erwin Schell Trophy with 148 points, a mere nine points better than the Bears. Boston College and Harvard tied with 153 points, with Boston College winning the tiebreaker for second place.

Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, Coast Guard, Yale, MIT, and Bowdoin will represent New England at the Atlantic Coast Championship at Old Dominion University on November 14-15.