Under brilliant blue skies with scattered clouds, three days of racing for the 2005 ICSA/Layline North American Team Race Championship got underway on Lake Travis yesterday with 54 races run in a fairly constant 10-14 knot southeasterly.
District eliminations had qualified the 14 participating schools for the Team Race Championship which pits each college's three-boat team against another's in a round-robin series of matches.
For the first day of this series, teams were divided into Group A and B with both completing 21 races in color-coded FJs. The top four teams from each group moving into the gold fleet to compete for the final four were: Dartmouth (6-0), St. Mary's College (5-1), University of Hawaii (4-2) and Georgetown (3-3) from Group A; Yale University (6-0), University of Southern California (5-1), Hobart/William Smith Colleges (4-2) and Harvard University (3-3) moved on from Group B. Racing continued for the gold fleet with 12 of the planned 16 races completed to determine the top four who will move onto the double round-robin championship series to determine the overall winner. After 12 races, Yale leads (5-0), followed by Harvard (5-3), USC and Hobart/William Smith Colleges (4-2 each). For complete results, photos and regular updates visit: www.collegesailing.org/nas/spring05/
The ICSA/Layline North American Team Race Championship continues through June 7 and will be followed by the ICSA/Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship (June 8-10), both hosted by the Southeastern Intercollegiate Sailing Association and Austin Yacht Club. Both events will be covered by Emmy-award winning sailing journalist Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.) for programs that will air in July on ESPNU.