AUSTIN, Texas — Wednesday marked the first day of the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, co-hosted by the Texas Sailing Team and the Austin Yacht Club. Dartmouth sits in 10th of 18 teams with 114 points.
The Big Green has the sixth-best score in the A-division with 49 points and has 65 points in the B-division. Senior Sam Williams (Summit, N.J.) and junior Matt Habig (Larchmont, N.Y.) sailed in the A-division, and sophomores Matt Wefer (Glen Head, N.Y.) and Avery Plough (Portola Valle, Calif.) competed in the B-Division.
Georgetown (56 points) led the regatta all-day and finished up the day’s racing in first place by 19 points. Harvard is second with 75, and Roger Williams is third at 82 points.
The top 18 collegiate sailing teams in the nation reported to the regatta venue on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas to compete for the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy, awarded to the winning team.
Racing was postponed this morning due to not enough wind on the lake. The conditions were glassy, hot and humid. When the wind began to come up teams had an opportunity to practice in the boats, Club Flying Juniors (CFJs), quickly before racing got underway around 1 p.m. CDT.
The wind was around 9 knots out of the southwest.
The winds continued to cycle anywhere from three to 10 knots from a southwesterly direction. The first two A-division races ran smoothly despite a protest between Boston College and the U.S. Naval Academy in the second A-division race. Boston College was eventually disqualified from the race for taking too close in the two-boat lengths circle.
When B-division got started the winds lightened up causing a re-start for their first race, but it filled in to about 6-8 knots and the committee started the race again.
Twelve races total, six in each division, were completed on day one. Racing did not end until around 7:15 p.m.
The competitors will report on Thursday at 9 a.m. CDT, and racing will get underway around 10 a.m. The conditions are predicted to be 6-8 knots and cloudier skies, hopefully keeping some of the heat at bay.