SAN DIEGO – After four days of intense competition Georgetown University won the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy at the Gill Coed National Championship co-hosted by San Diego Yacht Club and the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference.
It was a tough regatta both for the difficult weather conditions and the intense competition. The top five teams did a lot of swapping places on the scoreboard and it was tight racing up until the last race of the day on June 4.
Georgetown took home the win only 5 points ahead of second place overall and won the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy, which was donated by a group of nationally known yachtsmen as a memorial to Henry A. Morss, a Boston yachtsman and 1907 Bermuda Race winner, as well as an MIT alumnus and benefactor.
“We sent our B-division boat out for the last race and by design did not tell them the point spread – we wanted them to just have a good race – so when they crossed the finish line they didn’t even know that we had won,” said Mike Callahan, head coach for Georgetown. “It hasn’t totally set in yet, but we are so happy to win this event and everyone sailed really well.”
“This event was definitely challenging,” said Nevin Snow, who was sailing for Georgetown in his hometown. “But that will always be the case with Nationals, it’s about who can execute and string together the races, and we all stuck together as a team.”
Final Overall Results: 1st: Georgetown University, 257; 2nd: U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 262; 3rd: Yale University, 266.