Regatta Report: Sperry Women's Nationals

Sailors

 S. Youtt ('21), S. Silvestri ('19), A. Marozza ('21), S. Gambini ('18)

S. Youtt ('21), S. Silvestri ('19), A. Marozza ('21), S. Gambini ('18)

  • A Fleet:
    • Skipper- Allison Marozza ('21)
    • Crew- Sofia Gambini ('18)
  • B Fleet:
    • Skipper- Sarah Youtt ('21)
    • Crew- Sarah Silvestri ('19)

Summary

 S. Gambini ('18) & A. Marozza ('21)

S. Gambini ('18) & A. Marozza ('21)

From May 22-23, four sailors from the Michigan women's team went to Old Dominion University to compete in Sperry Women's Nationals. The races were located on the Elizabeth River at the mouth of the Lafayette River. 

On the 22nd, the wind began as a 4-6 knot southerly, and the wind built throughout the day with a maximum of 10 knots. Our sailors worked to gain experience on an incredibly competitive starting line and sailed in a fleet with the best female collegiate sailors in the country. 

 S. Youtt ('21) & S. Silvestri ('19)

S. Youtt ('21) & S. Silvestri ('19)

Applying the knowledge that they gained on the previous day, the Wolverines entered day 2 of semi-finals with more confidence. The wind was fairly consistent at about 15 knots out of the south in the morning. Throughout the rest of the day, the wind swung right and died. Around 2:00, races were delayed due to a lack of wind. After about a half hour, the wind built back to about 5 knots, and races continued. 

Overall, this event was an excellent way for our young women's team to gain experience in a very competitive regatta. This year was the first time in five years that we sent a women's team to nationals, and our goal is to continue qualifying for and attending the event. 

Thank you to Old Dominion University for running a great event and to Tom Etheridge for hosting and coaching us. Go Blue!



Written by S. Youtt ('21)