Sailing team takes to the road for season-opener

By Lauren Zedlar
Elm Staff Writer

The Washington College sailing team opened their 2021 season this past weekend.        

They competed in the Philly Fleet Race in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 11, and the Riley Cup in Norfolk, Va. on Sunday, Sept. 12.

During the first day of competition, the WC sailing team finished with a combined score from their two races of 83 points finishing, tenth in the Riley Cup.

The “A” race was completed by junior Stewart Gurnell and junior Emma Macturk. They scored 46 points during the race.

The “B” race was sailed by freshman Max Shapiro and sophomore Kennedy Jones. Together they scored 37 points.

During the Philly Fleet Race, the WC squad was more successful, finishing eighth with a combined score of 89 points.

The “A” race, sailed by freshman Joseph Bonacci and freshmen Benjamin Francis, gained the WC sailing team 53 points.

The “B” race was completed by junior Jonathan Kelly, who garnered 36 points.

The WC sailing team continued competing the next day in the same races.

The squad finished eleventh overall in the Riley Cup out of 15 teams.

The “A” race was sailed by Gurnell and Macturk, who scored 66 points and finished sixth for their race.

The “B” race team finished twelfth, scoring 98 points. The “B” race was sailed by Shapiro and Jones.

The WC squad’s overall combined score for the Riley Cup was 164 points.

The “A” race of the Philly Fleet Race was sailed by Bonacci and Francis. They scored 102 points for the squad.

The “B” race sailed by Kelly gained the squad 87 points. The WC sailing team finished eighth out of 12 teams for the weekend at the Philly Fleet Race.

The squad’s next competition is Saturday, Sept. 18, when they will compete in the Chesapeake Invitational hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Photo by Izze Rios

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