ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The University of Hawai’i coed sailing team secured a spot in the final round of the ICSA Gill Coed National Championship after Thursday’s conclusion of the semifinals. The Rainbows Warriors finished in fifth place in the Western Bracket to secure one of 18 spots in the two-day final round beginning on Thursday.
Yale claimed the Western bracket with 19 points, while UH finished with 60 points over the course of the last two days. Sailing for UH in the A division were Adam Pokras and Ana-Melissa Kea. Meanwhile, Madeline Kennedy and Katrina Berry had a strong fourth-place showing in the B division, including a second-place finish in their final race of the day.
The weather conditions were again not ideal, but good enough to get in more than half dozen races on Wednesdayy. Racing began at 9:30 a.m. EDT as the temperature was in the high 70s and the winds were puffy and shifty from the northwest at about 5-10 knots. The winds slowly died around 12:30 p.m. and after completing two races in each division in each fleet, the sailors waited on shore for the wind to fill in.
By around 3 p.m. the sailors were back on the course to start racing. A southerly breeze around 5-7 knots filled in and remained pretty steady until around 4:15 p.m., when it lightened up again and became patchy on the race course. The sailors started to rotate boats on the water rather than from the dock to try and squeeze in as many races as possible. The Western Semi-Final completed three races today in A-division and B-division for a total of five races for the event.
The scoreboard is wiped clean for the Gill Coed National Championship finals tomorrow. The first warning for racing is at 9:30 a.m. EDT. The top 18 teams will be competing for the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy over the next two days.