June 5, 2012
Photo Gallery by Steve Moakley
Austin, TX -
The Boston College sailing team placed fourth in today's 2012 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship on Tuesday afternoon in the Travis Lake in Austin, Texas. Earlier in the competition, BC women's team won the 2012 Women's National Championship.
The Eagles placed second in the team race in the 2011 season. This season leading BC to a fourth place finish were skippers Annie Haeger, Alex Cook and William Bailey, and crew members Patrick Hession, William Bowman, Briana Provancha and Laura McKenna.
St. Mary's College of Maryland and Boston College were the first race to hit the starting line followed by the match up of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the College of Charleston. Charleston led by one win going into today's race schedule.
BC was one of the final four teams with eight wins making for a very close competitive regatta.
St. Mary's won their first match up with a 2,3,4 combination over Boston College. Hobart won their first race with a 1,2,5 combination over Charleston.
Due to lack of win, there was a two-hour delay with the competition picking up at 1 p.m.
St. Mary's and Hobart got off the line and battled around the course in the light wind. With a few lead changes Hobart took the race with a 1,2 on the water, however a black flag was flown at the leeward mark to indicate a professional foul.
Hobart took room at the leeward mark, when they were not entitled to it. The umpires ruled that Hobart won the race because their foul advanced them into a winning position. Therefore the umpires penalized them by adding six points to their score causing them to lose the race. St. Mary's was awarded the win.
The wind picked up slightly to about 10 knots for the Charleston and Boston College race. Charleston led at the top mark with a 1,2,6 and Boston College raced to catch the lead boats. Charleston made a successful trap at the leeward mark and held onto the 1,2 up the last beat to take the win with a 1,2,5.
The second to last race of the day was a race for third place between Boston College and Hobart. Boston College got off the starting line late, but rounded the first windward mark with a winning 2,3,5 combination. However, Hobart was able to condense and convert the race in their favor at the leeward mark, rounding with a 1,2 combination.
Hobart took the win with a 1,3,5 and therefore moved into third place.
Boston College will now prepare for the coed competition which will take begin racing on Wednesday, June 6. For more information on the coed race go to http://2012nationals.collegesailing.org/coed/