Ending the regular season ranked #1 in the country, the Georgetown coed sailing team lived up to their hype at the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championships, which took place from June 6th to the 8th. The Hoyas wrapped up the top spot by the second-to-last race of the regatta, comfortably claiming the coveted Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy and an all-important national title.
The event, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, was one that the Blue and Gray led right from the beginning, with the team holding a 19-point lead after the opening day. That edge would only continue to grow on Day 2, after which 30 points would separate GU from Yale, their nearest competitors.
With the win, seniors and B-division sailors Evan Aras and Katherine Canty capped off their college careers in the best way possible, and Georgetown Head Coach Mike Callahan noted afterwards that he was especially proud of and happy for them.
The title certainly wouldn’t have been possible for the Hoyas, however, without the work of A-division racers Chris Barnard and Hilary Skenyon. Barnard, who was just named College Sailor of the Year (replicating a feat twice accomplished by former G’town standout Charlie Buckingham), helped anchor his team to its momentous victory. Teammate Sydney Bolger, who did not participate in the Coed Championships, was named Quantum Female Sailor of the Year only a few days ago as well.
The conditions were rough in Austin, with wind and driving rain causing a postponement of the final set of races on Friday. Georgetown, however, more than weathered the storm en route to yet another national championship.