Intercollegiate Sailing Finishes MAISA Championships and Prepares for Solo ICSA

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy Intercollegiate Sailing Team wrapped up the regular fall season this weekend with two conference championships and a local keelboat event.

The MAISA Fall Women’s Championship was home to Annapolis and featured 11 teams. On Saturday, swollen and unstable northeasterly winds, and an unfavorable sailing forecast for Sunday led organizers to opt to try and complete the event in one day. Shifting winds caused a handful of races to be abandoned, but sailors were still able to complete races in every division on Saturday. The contenders found themselves on the wrong end of a couple of shifts and placed eighth overall, as a sophomore Evie Blauvelt and junior Julia Christie finished fourth in “A” Division while a senior Elizabeth Linsdelljunior Aubin Hattendorfsecond year students Izzy Fadullon, Linnea Forsberg and Maggie Schuler and freshmen Ava Farley and Ella Niehoff combined to place ninth in the “B” division.

The Mids were also represented at the War Memorial Regatta, which served as the MAISA Fall Open Championship for an 18-team regatta at SUNY Maritime in Bronx, NY. The regatta featured light winds and strong current, with just eight “A” Divisions and six “B” Division races completed on Saturday. Sunday saw even less wind, which resulted in no racing. Navy tied for third, but lost the tiebreaker to Georgetown to place fourth. Senior Gavin McJones and freshman Ellie-Alex finished fifth in the “A” division, while freshman Nathan Smith and second Ryan Wahba also earned fifth place in the “B” division.

A group of Navy sailors also competed in the J-22 East Coast Championship in Annapolis, hosted by the Severn Sailing Association. Although new to the boat, the midshipmen fought hard and finished second in the final race. This last race served as a high point for the sophomore team Tanner KellySenior Caden Scheiblauer and freshmen Alex Brenia and Jack Welburnas the crew placed 17th overall in the 20-boat fleet

The Navy returns to the water this Saturday and Sunday November 5-6 at the ICSA Singlehanded Championships in Norfolk, Virginia.

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