This weekend, Mike Russom, Meaghan Harding, Jose-Maria Barrero and I traveled down to Norfolk, VA to compete in the MAISA Club Championships held at Old Dominion University. We arrived on Saturday morning to 15-18 knots of breeze and temperatures around 50º.
After layering up on shore, Mike and Meg headed out to sail the first set in A division, and started out strong with two third place finishes. They stayed consistent throughout the other three sets sailed on Saturday, with two first place finishes and a few more third places. Mike and Meg were tied for second by the time we finished up racing on Saturday.
Jose and I sailed to fourth and second place finishes in our first set in B division, and stayed fairly consistent all day. By finishing first in the last three races of the day, we ended up second to Fordham in B division by the end of Saturday. Overall, Penn was also in second, just behind Fordham.
On Sunday, we arrived at the ODU Sailing Center to much calmer but shiftier wind. We completed the remaining two sets of the regatta in 5-8 knots of wind from the north. Although both Mike and Meg and Jose and I had some strong finishes, we struggled at times in the light wind. We ended up third overall, just behind Fordham and University of Virginia. Congratulations to the Fordham Rams for winning the 2012 MAISA Club Championships, and thanks to William and Mary and ODU for hosting the event. Full scores can be found at scores.collegesailing.org/f12.maisa-club-team/full-scores.
This weekend concluded our Fall 2012 sailing season – thanks to all of our supporters and we will see you back in the spring!
-Christina Johns, C’13