Lack of Wind Postpones National Sailing Finals
TAMPA - The University of South Florida sailing team completed only one set at the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championships held in Cascade Locks, Ore., and is in 12th place, as of Tuesday evening.
After finishing in the top nine in the first round on Monday and Tuesday morning, USF is currently competing in the National Championships for the Gerald C. Miller Memorial Trophy.
The Bulls finished 12th out of 18 after just one set on the first day of the finals, in an event that was postponed to Wednesday afternoon, due to lack of wind. Only 11 points separated teams seven through 12, with USF earning 44. Rhode Island and Coast Guard lead the event with 20 points, followed by Georgetown (21) and Old Dominion (22).
Tuesday's conditions were more pleasant than Monday, but had unusually light westerly winds ranging between 4-8 mph and more sunshine with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. After postponements, the race committee called the racing for the day because the winds were not strong enough to fight the current.
With only one set in each division completed on Tuesday afternoon, the racing began Wednesday at 9 a.m., hopefully with enough breezes to keep the racing going. Visit the event website for results, live coverage and more information: 2011nationals.collegesailing.info
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more. The ICSA National Championships are sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider (www.sperrytopsider.com), Annapolis Performance Sailing (www.apsltd.com), Gill North America (www.gillna.com), and US SAILING (home.ussailing.org).