CofC Sailing starts the season off strong

Clerc Cooper and Conner Murphy sailed together for the Cougars on Charleston Harbor in the A-Division of the North Point #1 regatta (Lynsey Cichon/GSO)

Beginning the season with a great start, College of Charleston sailing team is racked no. 4 in the Sailing World’s fall preseason college coed rankings.  The sailing team placed 1st out of 16 schools at the SAISA Open held at Patriots Point this weekend. With an overall score of 38 the CofC #2 team took first place and the CofC  #1 team faired nearly as well, coming in 3rd place with an overall score of 52.

Over the weekend the wind was too light to race and both days in the morning and were postponed until the afternoon. However, this inconvenience did not deter the Cougars from respectfully taking second and fourth in the A-Division and first and second in the B-Division. With the winds filling in and producing perfect sailing conditions, the College #1 team went on to win two out of the six races and the #2 team took three of the six races.

“The racing went very well today,” assistant sailing coach Nick Ewenson said of Sunday’s racing.

With eight newcomers on the team and a solid start the Cougars have a good season to look forward to. Up next for the team are three regattas this upcoming weekend: the Nevins Trophy at Kings Point, N.Y, North Points at Knoxville, Tenn., and Hatch Brown at Boston, Mass.  On Sept. 24th CofC is hosting the SAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship and the SAISA Women’s Championship on Sept. 25.

Follow the sailing team, as well as the rest of College of Charleston athletics, at www.cisternyard.com/sports and get live updates from @GeorgeStSports on Twitter.

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