Penn Sailing at the US Naval Academy Ivy League Championship

This past weekend, Mike Russom, Jack Swikart, Patty Andrade, Meaghan Harding, Jose-Maria Barrero and I traveled to Annapolis, MD to compete for the Ivy League Championship hosted by the US Naval Academy.  We were one of nineteen teams competing for the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies, and finished 4th among the Ivy League teams and 8th overall.

On Saturday, we began racing in the Severn River in 10-12 knots, which built to the high teens over the course of the day.  Mike and I started off in A division, with Jose stepping in as the wind increased, and Jack, Patty, and Meg sailed well in B division.  We sailed 12 races in each division by the end of the day, and ended up within 20 points of the top three teams.

Sunday brought slightly different conditions.  We arrived at the Academy to calm and chilly weather, and Mike and I headed out in A division with Jack and Patty in B division.  We sailed one race on the river before the wind died and racing moved out to Annapolis Harbor for some more consistent breeze.  Five more races per division were held in light and shifty conditions, making for challenging sailing! Racing was called for the day after 18 races had been completed, and Penn ended up eighth.  Full results can be found here: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s13/owen-mosbacher-knapp-trophies/.

A huge thanks to the Harding family for their hospitality in hosting us this weekend!

-Christina Johns, C’13