The Old Dominion Monarchs are leading the 2002 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s North American Championship after the second of three days with a 119 point total.
Defending champion and regatta host, University of Hawaii is in second place with 146 points. St. Mary's College of Maryland follows closely with 148 points.
Beautiful weather greeted the sailors for 8 races in each division. Fourteen races have now been completed, with four more scheduled for tomorrow. Conditions were similar to yesterday's racing with eighty-degree air and water temperatures, and 5-15 knot winds. The breeze began with
southerly thermal winds before northeast tradewinds filled in during the afternoon. Races have been run from the Honolulu Community College Marine Education and Training Center. A variety of courses have been used, all variations of windward-leewards or triangles. Sailors are racing Vanguard Flying Juniors (FJs) provided by the hosts. Vanguard Sailboats (Portsmouth, R.I.) is a partner in the ICSA Growth and Development Project.
Old Dominion University last won the Women's title in 1987. With a 27-point lead, they are on the verge of winning their third championship. Coach Mark Zagol (Plymouth, Mass.) said, "We're certainly a heavy air team. They said the tradewinds were coming, so we trained for heavy air." In the A-division, senior skipper Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), a returning All-American, has teamed with sophomore crew Cara Gibbons-Neff (Annapolis, Md.) and junior crew Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.). Their 50-point total gives them a 14-point lead in division. With 69 points, the Monarchs in fourth place in B-division. Junior skipper Corrie Clement (Metarie, La.), who received Honorable Mention distinction last year, has sailed with freshman Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) and junior Elizabeth Bower (Fairport, N.Y.)
University of Hawaii coach Jesse Andrews (Kaneohe, Hawaii)said, "early on we were sailing really well, but we had a capsize due to the shifting winds. We're still within reach if things go our way tomorrow." The Rainbow Wahine won last year's contest in Cambridge, Mass. Senior Molly O'Bryan (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Sarah Hitchcock (South Dartmouth, Mass.), both returning All-Americans, are second in the A-division with 64 points. Hawaii's B-division team is in fifth place with 82 points. Sophomores Renee Decurtis (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Jennifer Warnock (San Diego, Calif.) have skippered, while senior Melody Torres (Bakersfield, Calif.) and sophomore Lindsay Peters (Fargo, N.D.) crewed.
St. Mary's College of Maryland is in third place after the conclusion of today's racing. Junior skipper Ali Sharp (Gatlinburg, Tenn.) said, "As they always are, nationals are full of ups and downs." The Seahawks will need to remain determined if they hope to overtake the leaders tomorrow. Sharp has sailed with sophomore Melissa Deveney (Frederick, Md.) and senior Sarah McCarron (Chicago, Ill.) in the A-division. With 80 points, they are in fourth. In the B-Division junior skipper Jamie Smith (West River, Md.)
teamed with senior Leah Anderson (Larchmont, N.Y.) and sophomore Genevieve Parr (Baltimore, Md.). They are third in division with 68 points. Sharp, Smith and Anderson are returning All-Americans.
Overall Results: A-div B-div Total
1. Old Dominion 50 69 119
2. Hawaii 64 82 146
3. St. Marys 80 68 148
4. Brown 111 63 174
5. Yale 117 58 175
6. Tufts 73 125 198
7. Charleston 82 122 204
8. Connecticut College 98 114 212
9. Boston University 115 119 234
10. Stanford 114 134 248
11. Georgetown 134 128 262
12. South Florida 122 168 290
13. Hobart/WmSmith 195 109 304
14. Washington 180 205 385
15. Wisconsin 219 185 404
16. Texas 210 203 413
17. Michigan 204 212 416
18. Marquette 227 233 460