After a year of recruiting, training at Fern Ridge, and traveling almost every weekend of the academic year, the 2010-2011 University of Oregon Sailing Team completed one of it’s many goals.
We qualified for the 2011 ICSA Team Race Nationals! If you haven’t already caught on, this is a big deal. We sailed in all of the qualifying events this year including: Singlehand Quals (Men and Women), Match Race Quals, Coed Quals, Women’s Quals, and Team Race Quals.
We won three out of the six sending Elliot Drake to Singlehand Nationals and a coed team to Long Beach for Western Semi-finals to compete against many of the top team across the nation. We didn’t make in the top nine of our fleet, but put up a great fight and placed 13th (2 points out of 12th!) overall.
Team Race Nationals
14 of the countries best teams will be competing in the Columbia River Gorge at Cascade Locks, OR on May 27th-29th, 2011. Our main advantage in this event is our experience sailing at the Gorge. It’s a great venue with a lot of current, heavy wind and (hopefully) sunny conditions. This will make for challenging, but exciting team race conditions.
We will be updating our twitter up to and during the event. Follow us for results and condition information.
In short, this has been an amazing year for the team, and our captains Phil Gordon and Marissa Paulling are greatly impressed with the progress we have made as a group. We will be graduating Marissa and Cara Kuhlman this year. Both of them have made extremely important contributions to the team, for which they cannot be thanked enough.