ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – After the first day of races at the ICSA/Gill Coed National Championships on Tuesday, the Dartmouth sailing team is in third place with 58 points.
Heading into the second day of action the Big Green are just five points behind first place College of Charleston and two back of second place Old Dominion. Georgetown and Yale rounded out the top five with 74 and 77 points, respectively.
The three-day event is co-hosted by South Florida, St. Petersburg, Eckerd College and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club while boasting a field of the top 18 Coed teams from across the country. The sailors are racing off the coast of St. Petersburg in Tampa Bay.
The racing was broken down into two divisions – ‘A’ and ‘B’- with Dartmouth excelling in both. In the ‘A’ Division, the Big Green finished in the top four in three of the five races in the opening day of action. In total, Dartmouth tallied 29 points, a mark which was second best behind Boston College.
In the ‘B’ Division, Scott Houck and Margaret Wilson got Dartmouth off to a quick start by winning the first race. In the other four races, the team reeled off three top-six finishes to give them a division total of 29 points.
Unfortunately the racing scheduled for the later in the day was canceled due to imminent Thunderstorms. The forecast for tomorrow should improve as for the Big Green as they look to move up the leaderboard.
Anything can happen on the second day of action as the top three teams are all within five points of one another. The sailors return to the water Wednesday, May 29, for the second day of action in the sunshine state.
Gary Jobson will be filming highlights of the three days of racing for the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championships, which will air on July 12 at 6 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU. The coverage will also be aired on additional dates this summer.
Follow live media coverage of the championship by logging on to the live media link at: https://2013nationals.collegesailing.org/live-coverage/ or follow the Dartmouth Sailing Twitter account at @BigGreenSailing.