May 29, 2014

Bowdoin Sailing Competes in ICSA National Championship Races (Updated)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Bowdoin College sailing team will compete in a pair of events at the 2014 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national championships beginning Tuesday, May 27.

UPDATE (5/29): The Bowdoin women's sailing team finished seventh of 14 teams in its qualifying group, qualifying for the finals on Thursday and Friday. Complete results are posted here. Live coverage of the finals on Thursday and Friday can be found online here.

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The Polar Bears will have boats competing in the Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Semi-Final and Final Championship (May 27-30) as well as the Gill Coed Dinghy National Semi-Final and Final Championship (June 3-6). It will be the first-ever appearance for Bowdoin on both championships, which will be co-hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, Md.

The Sperry Top-Sider Women's racing will take place at the U.S. Naval Academy. The teams will come together Monday evening, May 26, for an Opening Ceremony and Competitors' Meeting, and racing will begin promptly Tuesday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m. The first two days of racing will be the semi-finals, which is divided into two 14-team regattas. The top nine teams from each group will then advance to the finals round – an 18-boat regatta, which will take place on the last two days of the championship, May 29-30.

The Gill Coed Championship will begin after the conclusion of the APS Team Race Championship at St. Mary's College with an Opening Ceremony and Competitors' Meeting the evening of Monday, June 2. Racing is scheduled to start Tuesday, June 3 at 9:30 a.m. Sailors will again compete in Z420s and CFJs. The first two days of racing will be a semi-final regatta, which will include 36 of the top teams in the country. The top nine teams in each semi-final round will advance to the finals round, an 18-boat regatta on the last two days of the championship, June 5-6. This will determine the podium spots and name the National Champion.

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