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pecking out of order

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pecking out of order

The ICSA Match Race Nationals kicked off today with ten of the best young skippers and teams descending upon Kings Point with some close racing planned throughout the weekend. After a boat draw and quick competitors’ meeting, teams had a practice session to work out the kinks in their boat handling and get used to the new Sonars provided by the USMMA Sailing Foundation. PRO Sue Miller got things rolling at 10:45.

With the fleet initially divided into two groups, it became clear early that preconceived notions about the pecking order may not apply. St. Mary’s got off to a fast start and went 4-0 in Group A and Charleston defeated Brown in their race to take the two top spots and qualify for the Gold Round and a guaranteed top-seeding for the Quarterfinals. Meanwhile in Group B, the favorite Boston College Eagles lost a close race to Kings Point and ended up in a three-way tie with KP and upstart Tulane. According to the ISAF rules, the tie was broken leaving Tulane the Group B winner and Kings Point in second; Boston College will have to sail their way through the Repechage.

Subsequent to the tiebreaker, two flights of the repechage and one flight of the Gold Round were sailed. This leaves three flights of the Repechage and two flights of Gold prior to the Quarterfinals. The top eight teams will advance where the teams will race a seeded round of 8 (1v8, 2v7, etc).

The door is wide open for eight teams and there’s still tons of racing left. Make sure to check out www.collegematchrace.com and www.collegesailing.org for video and photos. Above photo by GTS Photos – more here..

Thanks to our sponsors the USMMA Sailing Foundation, Chicago Match Race Center, Oakcliff Sailing Center, GTS Photos and Manhasset Bay Yacht Club for making this awesome regatta a possibility!

Blaine Pedlow
US Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Team