June 9, 2014

Sailing Finishes 14th in First-Ever Appearance at National Championship

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Bowdoin Sailing team finished 14th overall at the Gill National Championship after advancing to the finals with a third place finish in the Western Semifinal.

The Polar Bears had a solid Coed Dinghy Nationals debut, finishing 14th overall.  Competing for the Polar Bears were Tom Peabody '15, Jack McGuire '17, Charlotte Williamson '15, Paige Speight '16, Julia Rew '16, Michael Croteau '15, Peter Edmunds '14, and Hunter Moeller '17. The first two days of the event where split between the eastern and western semi finals with 18 teams in each group.  The top nine teams from each group would advance to the finals.  The breeze was light and shifty for the entire event which made the racing very difficult.  During the semi finals, the Polar Bears were sailing very well with great starts and smart upwind beats.  The team finished in third place in the Western Semi finals, losing a tiebreaker with Old Dominion for second place overall. 

The finals consisted of the top eighteen teams in the country and racing was very tight and highly competitive.  Putting consecutive top nine finishes together was very difficult.  The Polar Bears were up and down over the two day finals but made a move on the second half of day two, moving up to 14th overall.  Racing was cut short that afternoon because of a lack of breeze, leaving the Polar Bears twelve points out of the 12th place overall.

The team's unprecedented success this year is thanks to the tremendous leadership of the three senior captains including Tom Peabody, Pete Edmunds, and Ayaka Okawa.

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