May 29, 2011
National Championship Photo Gallery
Chestnut Hill, MAss. -
The final day of racing at the Columbia River Gorge for the APS/ICSA National Championship ended with Roger Williams University coming out on top to win the Walter C. Wood Memorial Trophy. Boston College fell short on the final day of racing placing second in the championships.
The fourteen top collegiate team race teams in the country, representing the seven districts in the ICSA, gathered to compete for the championship.
One team who sailed particularly well was the College of Charleston, who beat Boston College in a blustery race finishing with a solid 1,2,3. Charleston went 5-2 in the second round of the Gold Fleet and Boston College went 6-1 in the round, which advanced both of them to the Final Four.
The two other teams who moved on to the Final Four were Georgetown and Roger Williams. Roger Williams had been sailing very well through the whole event, until this morning when they lost the first races of the day.
Roger Williams was tied with Boston College going into the last race of the Final Four and the race was not short of excitement. BC was ahead at the start of the race and the pairings kept changing all over the course. By the leeward mark Boston College was spinning a penalty turn and Roger Williams advanced up the beat to win the race finishing with a first and second combination.
It is Roger Williams' first appearance at the APS/ICSA Team Race National Championship and therefore the school's first win. They join an elite list of schools that have previously won the title including St. Mary's College of Maryland, Boston College and Georgetown University among others.
Tonight the competitors will enjoy an awards banquet for the Team Racing Championship and tomorrow many of them will continue racing in the Gill/ICSA Dinghy National Championship. The racing is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. after a competitor's briefing and some practice time. Find event details, full results and live coverage including a live Twitter feed on the event website.
Final Four Results:
1. Roger Williams University
2. Boston College
3. College of Charleston
4. Georgetown University
Nationals Website: 2011nationals.collegesailing.info