By Jensyn Hartzell
The Shoremen and Shorewomen of the Washington College sailing team traveled to Charleston, S.C. to participate in the College of Charleston Spring Open Fleet.
The 13 invited teams took to the water on Sunday, March 13 after Saturday’s races were canceled due to high volumes of wind.
This was the first time the WC sailing team competed away this season, after a win on the Chester River in their home-opener Tom Noble Team Race on March 6.
In Division A, junior Stewart Gurnell commanded the boat at skipper, with sophomore Kennedy Jones in crew, to fifth place; they finished third in the third race and second in the seventh race. They finished with 48 points total.
North Carolina State University took first in Division A with 29 points.
Freshman skipper Max Shapiro and junior crew member Emma Macturk finished 12th in Division B, collecting 81 overall points. The College of Charleston took first place with 16 points.
The WC sailing team placed 11th overall in the race out of 13 with 129 points. The College of Charleston finished with 55 points, taking first place in the race.
Over the weekend of March 19-20, the WC sailing team hosted their annual Washington College Team Race. They welcomed six teams to the Chester River to compete.
Sophomore Alex Heim, Gurnell, and Shapiro served as the squad’s skippers and juniors Jon Kelly and Andrew Tran and freshman Ben Francis served as their crew.
WC beat Christopher Newport University in Round 1 and Princeton University in Rounds 2 and 3.
Georgetown finished first in the overall race, going 14–1. Washington ended in fifth at 3–12. The WC sailing team will compete again on the Chester River for The Grant Race at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16.
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