ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At the ICSA Eastern Semi-Finals hosted by U.S. Naval Academy, Dartmouth was one of the nine teams that qualified for the College Sailing's National Championship Finals on June 6-8 in Austin, Texas.
The Big Green placed eighth in the Eastern Semi-Finals to secure their spot in the finals. Dartmouth took 10th in the A Division with 127 points, but moved up the leaderboard, taking third in the B Division with 64 points. The team finished with a two-division total of 191 points.
Georgetown claimed the top spot with 120 points, Roger Williams took second at 135 points and Stanford finished third with 136 points.
The Semi-Finals were divided into two fleets, Eastern and Western each comprised of 18 teams from schools across the nation. Fourteen races were completed in both the Eastern and Western Semi-Finals
on Windward/Leeward courses with the fleets rotating each day in 420s and FJs.
Sailors arrived to light winds on Saturday morning, which persisted throughout the day. Sailing was delayed until 10 a.m. in the hopes that more wind would fill in. The wind stayed light and shifty throughout the day averaging around 7 mph. Annapolis did not fail to deliver its classic motorboat chop, making the conditions that much more challenging for sailors.
Sunday brought better conditions for the sailors. The wind started from a northerly direction, but eventually shifted to the South-Southwest and built throughout the day to more than 12 mph by the afternoon.