LC Sailing Takes Fourth at NW District Championships
The LC sailing team travelled to Sail Sand Point in Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 10, to compete against five other NW colleges for the district championship. The fleet racing event was hosted by the University of Washington sailing team, and serves as a qualifier for the national semi-finals. University of Washington and University of Oregon were the winning teams who will be representing the district at nationals. The championship was sailed in fourteen-foot double-handed Flying Juniors (FJs).
Sailing for A division (varsity) were Lisa Hodges ‘11 and Melissa Rathbun ’13. Sailing for B division (JV) were Evan Carmean ’11 and Sophie Harris ’10. Twelve races were held in each division throughout the day.
Hodges and Rathbun won the first start of the day, but were a bit slow in the morning, finishing in the bottom half of the fleet. With strong starts, they finished three races in second place, beating some of the skippers who will be sailing at nationals in the second half on the day. They finished in fifth place in their division.
Carmean and Harris sailed consistently mid-fleet all day amongst a competitive fleet. They had strong starts all day and learned a lot from the regatta, with finishes varying from third to fifth place. They finished fourth in their division.
The weather conditions were nearly perfect for the regatta; clear skies and strong winds persisted all day. The breeze was steady from the north at 12-16 miles per hour all day, a rare condition in the northwest. The sailors were appreciative of the conditions, and condensed a two-day regatta into one day by spending a long day on the water.
The team placed fourth overall at the regatta, ten points ahead of the fifth place team.