Keelboat Nationals, Men’s & Women’s Singlehanded Nationals

11-6-14

The Offshore Cougars have made it to Annapolis, and are ready to get going at the Kennedy Cup Intercollegiate Keelboat National Championships!

Racing starts tomorrow at the Naval Academy, and representing the Cougars will be skipper Jay Greenfield, main trimmer Timmy Crann, primary trimmer Brandon Folkman / Noah Blacker, secondary trimmer Stefan Kuehn, pit boss Hanna Horan, mast man Charlie Essi, mid bow Holly Deuterman, and bowman Brent Burrows II.

11-7-14

It’s a busy weekend for the Cougars, as the College of Charleston Sailing Team gets set to compete in 3 National Championship events!

Starting today, the Offshore Cougars will be competing at the Kennedy Cup Intercollegiate Keelboat National Championships (hosted by Navy in Annapolis, MD).
This 10 team invitational will be sailed in the Navy 44 and features 10 of the top collegiate big boat teams in the nation, and with a forecast of 20-25kts it should be a great day of high level racing!

Tomorrow kicks off both the Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championships. The Cougars will be on the road in Seattle, WA after winning both the Men’s and Women’s qualifiers to claim a spot at these National Championship events.

Be sure to check back here for updates, and for live scoring visit:
http://scores.collegesailing.org/

The Offshore Cougars are in Second overall at the Kennedy Cup ICSA Keelboat National Championships after a blustery day that saw just one race completed.

“Today was a windy day that really tested our crew work,” said Offshore Skipper Jay Greenfield (Noank, CT). “We were in the lead for the entire first race until a 46 knot gust blew up our jib sheet near the windward mark. The team’s quick thinking fixed the problem, and we finished the race in second. Despite the testing conditions, we stayed cohesive and level-headed the entire race.”

Racing is set to continue tomorrow and Sunday, and the Race Committee will be pushing for another 6 races.

11-8-14

Our Laser sailors are in Bellingham, WA getting set to kick off the ICSA Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championships!

Senior Clerc Cooper (New Orleans, La.) will make her third appearance at the women’s singlehanded nationals after winning the SAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship regatta in early October. Junior teammate Beka Schiff (Tampa, Fla.) finished runner-up at the conference laser event to earn a second-straight berth to nationals.

On the men’s side, freshman Stefano Peschiera (Lima, Peru) is the Cougars’ top sailor at nationals after a first-place victory at his inaugural SAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship. Junior Dodge Rees (Pensacola, Fla.) and junior Reed Baldridge (Clear Lake, Texas) also earned berths at the conference regatta – Rees his second (placed ninth in 2013) and Baldridge his first.

The Offshore Cougars will also continue competition in Annapolis at the Kennedy Cup.

From 14′ singlehanded dinghies to 8-crew 44′ 30,000lb keelboats; be sure to read the official College of Charleston Athletics press release regarding this weekends events as the College of Charleston Sailing Team continues competition at the Kennedy Cup ICSA Keelboat National Championships, and start competition at the ICSA Singlehanded Nationals!

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After day 2 of racing at the Kennedy Cup ICSA Keelboat National Championship, the Offshore Cougars are holding on to FIRST overall with just one day of racing left for tomorrow.

College of Charleston sailed 4 races in 12-15kts to complete the day; taking 2 firsts along the way.

“We had a great day. We stayed in phase, had speed and were consistent. We are really excited for tomorrow. Go cougs!” – junior trimmer Stefan Kuehn (Cutchogue, N.Y.)

11-9-14

It’s Cougar Sunday and the College of Charleston Sailing Team is getting ready for the final day of racing at the Men’s Singlehanded and Women’s Singlehanded Championship, as well as the Kennedy Cup Keelboat Championships!

In Bellingham, WA at Singlehanded National Championships the Cougars were without breeze on day 1, and will look to sail a strong series today to wrap up the event.

In Annapolis, MD the Offshore squad is heading into the final day of sailing with a 4pt lead after a successful day of sailing yesterday and an unfortunate DSQ. They will look to finish up the series in first through today’s final 2 races.

College of Charleston WINS the 50th Kennedy Cup ICSA Keelboat National Championship!

In what can only be described as an incredible performance, the Cougars took a 1st and a 3rd in today’s races to secure the 2014 National Championship Title.

With this win the team has qualified to represent the U.S. in the Student Yachting World Cup to be held next October in France. Keelboat National Champions 2014

Congratulations to Offshore Sailors skipper Jay Greenfield (Noank, CT), tactician Timmy Crann (Red Bank, NJ), primary trimmers Brandon Folkman (Redondo Beach, CA) & Noah Blacker (St. Petersburg, FL), secondary trimmer Stefan Kuehn (Cutchogue, NY), pit boss Hanna Horan (Newport, RI), mast man Charles Essi (Cleveland, OH), mid mast Holly Deuterman (Greensboro, NC), and bowman Brent Burrows II (Nassau, Bahamas).

College of Charleston Singlehanded Sailor Stefano Peschiera takes the victory at the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championships, adding a second National Title to the Cougars weekend performance!

After 6 races in Bellingham, Washington, the Cougars come away with the win thanks to a consistent showing by Peschiera- finishing with just 15pts across the series.

At Women’s Singlehanded Nationals, Clerc Cooper finished a very respectable 8th overall while Beka Schiff took 14th sailing against many of the best collegiate women sailors in the nation.

Reed Baldridge and Dodge Rees also qualified to represent the Cougars at Men’s Nationals,and took 6th and 12th respectively in the 18 boat fleet.

It’s a great day to be a Cougar.

11-10-14

“It marked the sixth all-time men’s singlehanded national title in program history next to 1988, 1990, 1991, 2009 and 2012. Peschiera joins a short list of College of Charleston greats to have won the event – the last being two-time Olympian Juan Maegli (Guatemala City, Guatemala), who won the national title twice in 2009 and 2012.”

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