Women’s 2016/17 Season Recap


The 2016/17 academic year was an exciting time for Penn Sailing, especially for the women’s team. Throughout the year, we competed in a variety of highly competitive women’s events, all culminating at the Sperry Women’s National Championship at College of Charleston.

Fall MAISA Women’s championship was held at Old Dominion University in late October. Winds were so strong on Saturday that sailing was cancelled for the day. On Sunday, breeze still topped off at 17 knots, but RC was able to get off 6 races before the end of the day. Both Carolyn Kearney in A and Ava Esquier in B had great days, with many top 5 finishes. Penn won B division and finished 4th overall, qualifying the team to move on to Women’s ACCs.

Women’s ACCs were held in Charleston, SC over the weekend of November 12-13. It was a challenging day of fairly heavy air. Penn finished 15th overall, finishing up an exciting fall season.

Spring MAISA Women’s Championship was held at the US Naval Academy in late April. With Ava Esquier and Dana Hackett in A and Lenox Butcher and Laura Whelan in B, Penn Sailing pulled through with a strong group of freshman girls. After 15 races per division, Penn finished in 6th overall, with the top 9 qualifying for Women’s Nationals.

2017 Women’s Nationals was held in Charleston, SC.  After graduation for the class of 2017, the women’s team began the drive down to Annapolis for a few days of practice with teams in the area. Women’s semifinals was filled with tough competition and stormy conditions. Storms cut short both days of racing, but the team kept a positive attitude and continued to sail to the best of their abilities. Penn narrowly missed qualifying for finals after a protest and finished 10th overall in the Western Semifinal.

Overall, the 2016/17 academic year was an amazing season for our women’s team. We have a solid group of young sailors as well as some women’s sailing veterans. We can’t wait to see what fall 2017 will bring!


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