CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston coed sailing team started off its spring season on a high note with a nine-point, opening-weekend victory over South Florida to win the SAISA Open regatta hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Cougars, the No. 1 ranked SAISA team, edged out the competitive 20-team in-district field with a score of 45 points across two divisions and eight races ahead of second-place USF (54 points).
Sophomore skipper Alex Whipple (Plandome, N.Y.) and freshman crew Chloe Dapp (Newport Beach, Calif.) won three of the eight races for a first-place finish (18 points) in A-Division ahead of Miami (Fla.).
In B-Division, freshman skipper Noah Blacker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and freshman crew Bayley Davidson (Newport Beach, Calif.) won races 5 and 8 and placed third (27 points) behind host Eckerd (22 points) and USF (26 points).
The dinghy team will next compete at the Charleston Spring Coed and USF Women’s regattas on Feb. 16-17 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and St. Petersburg, Fla.
Over at the home-hosted Southern Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (SCOR), the CofC offshore sailing team finished second overall in a field that included Cal-Maritime, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Despite a lack of wind on Sunday morning on Charleston Harbor, two races were sailed off in light breeze which led to a one-two finish by Charleston.
The offshore team comprised of Jay Greenfield, Timothy Crann (Red Bank, N.J.), sophomore Hanna Horan (Newport, R.I.), junior Charlie Essi (Cleveland, Ohio), Sean Hannigan, Brent Burrows, Ian Grant and sophomore Stefan Kuehn (Charleston, S.C.) clawed their way back after sitting in third place on Saturday, and managed to move up in the standings to secure the second-place finish – only two points out of first.
This was the first Offshore event of the spring season for the Cougars as they focus on their next competition at the Port of LA Harbor Cup, set to take place on March 7-9 in Los Angeles, Calif.