Sailing team takes on Chesapeake Invitational

By Jordan Fairchild
Elm Staff Writer

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Washington College sailing team competed in two regattas. One was the Chesapeake Invitational, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The other was the John Quinn, hosted by Monmouth University.

Each regatta had two divisions, A and B. The Shoremen competed in both divisions.

At the Chesapeake Invitational, the Shoremen had two boats in the A Division.

Juniors Stewart Gurnell and Andrew Tran earned a score of 90, placing 13th out of 18 boats in the A Division race. Sophomore Kennedy Jones scored 137 points, placing 18th of 18 boats in the A Division race.

In the B Division at the Chesapeake Invitational, the Shoremen had two boats racing.

Freshman Max Shapiro and junior Jonathan Kelly placed 17th of 18 boats with a score of 124 in the B Division race. Freshmen Joseph Bonacci and Benjamin Francis placed 18th of 18 boats with a score of 126 in the B Division race.

“In practice, we have been focusing on our boat handling and team chemistry because we have new sailors,” Kelly said. “Our goal for this season is to qualify for as many regattas as possible in order to make it to the national qualifier.”

At the John Quinn, the Shoremen had one boat in the A Division and one boat in the B Division.

In the A Division race, sophomore Alex Heim finished 12th out of 15 teams with a score of 124. In the B Division race, sophomore Matthew Collinson placed 7th of 15 teams with a score of 63.

“We’ve been focusing on our starts recently and trying to improve upon our placement on the start line,” junior Emma Macturk said. “In sailing, when you start a race, you have three minutes until the race starts and you have to compete with other boats for a prime starting position.”            

The sailing team will take to the water again on Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3 in the Kings Point Dinghy Open.

Photo by Izze Rios

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