Truxtun Umsted


Ownership of the Truxtun Umsted Memorial Trophy returns to the Lowcountry as the College of Charleston coed sailing team claimed a 47-point victory over runner-up Georgetown at the four-division regatta held over the weekend in Annapolis, Md.

An event usually sailed during the spring season, the Cougars won this year’s fall regatta hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy behind senior All-American skipper Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) and junior crew Chloe Dapp (Newport Beach, Calif.), who placed third in A-Divison, while senior skippers Ryan Davidson (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Dodge Rees (Pensacola, Fla.) skipper B-Division to a second-place finish with senior crew Emily Stuart (Newport, R.I.) in races 1-2, 5-6, 11-12, 15-16 and 18 and junior crew Seppie McAdams (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) in races 3-4, 7-10, 13-14 and 17.

Sophomore Stefano Peschiera (Lima, Peru) won C-Division in the Lasers by a three-point margin of victory over Alp Rodopman and James Beatty of Tufts and senior Reed Baldridge (Clear Lake, Texas) won the Laser Radial in D-Division by a 48-point victory (54 points) over Will Holz of Fordham (102 points).

The CofC women placed seventh overall at the Yale Women’s regatta hosted by Yale in Stamford, Conn. Sophomore Elizabeth Pemberton (Osterville, Mass.) skippered A-Division to a seventh-place finish with senior crews Beka Schiff (Tampa, Fla.) in races 1-10 and Charlotte Saxe (Wilton, Conn.) in races 11-18. In B-Division, the Cougars placed eighth behind junior skipper Nikki Medley (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in races 1-8 and Schiff in races 9-18 and senior crew Michaela Reynolds (Providence, R.I.) in races 1-4, 9-18 and Saxe (Wilton, Conn.) in races 5-8.

CofC won its third North Points competition of the season at the #5 regatta hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Freshman skipper Carter Cameron led A-Division to a third-place finish with freshman crew Annabel Carrington (White Stone, Va.), while freshman skipper Rhone Findlay and sophomore crew Katherine Matheson (San Diego, Calif.) won B-Division with an eight-point margin of victory over Tennessee.

“We are really proud of how well all our teams sailed this weekend,” CofC Director of Sailing Greg Fisher said. “Our team that traveled to Navy for the four-division Trux dominated the event with a 47-point margin of victory. Reed Baldridge sailed a spectacular regatta to win D-Division by an amazing 48 points. Our women at Yale raced to an impressive seventh overall finish against some of the very best competition, while our North Points team at Georgia Tech won their event. To sail 18 members at three different events and achieve these results, once again underscores the tremendous depth of our great team.”

The Cougars prep for a one-regatta-series this coming weekend as host of the SAISA Match Race on Oct. 24 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.