Fordham University Sailing Team

Kenny Corsig '23 and Eddie Harrison '22 at the Prosser Trophy

Dear Friends of Fordham Sailing,

This past weekend the Rams competed in two events, the Prosser Trophy at Navy and the Emily Wick at Coast Guard.

The Prosser Trophy is the MAISA Team Race Championship and was the final opportunity to gain a berth for the ICSA Team Race Nationals, either by winning the event and qualifying outright or by posting a strong finish to better our chances at being selected for an at large berth. This has been an incredibly competitive season with a level of parity amongst all teams that I don't think I've ever seen in ICSA Team Racing during my time as both a coach and a sailor. In previous years, there have typically been a top tier of teams that usually only lose races to each other and otherwise consistently beat all other teams. This year the field has been wide open with teams up and down the leaderboard trading wins and losses. While our early season results gave us an uphill battle to earn a selection, I felt that we had a chance with a top 3 or 4 finish at the Prosser given the level of parity in the team race discipline this year. Unfortunately, the Rams got off to a slow start and struggled to regain their footing in the competitive eight-boat event. Despite the slow start, the Rams took a few wins off key teams and found themselves behind the ball but still in the mix towards the end of the second round. Unfortunately, a tough loss to Penn at the conclusion of the second round put the Rams into a sail off with GW for the final spot in the top six. After losing a very competitive race, the Rams narrowly missed a shot to advance to the round of six and continue sailing, claiming 7th overall. Despite this result, I am very proud of how the team has progressed this season. Coming back from two years of no team racing while most of our competitors practiced and competed all last year, it was a feat on its own to be in the mix for a berth to team race nationals. I'm looking forward to building on this momentum and working hard to fight for a berth next year. Results can be viewed at the Tech Score link below. Many thanks for the Hupp family for hosting the team this past weekend in Annapolis!

The Emily Wick was the second women's fleet race of our season and the last event before the Women's Conference Championship. With Women's Team Racing being added this season, there are fewer women's fleet race events than in previous spring seasons. Coast Guard is a notoriously challenging venue and it very much lived up to this reputation last weekend. With breeze ranging from 0-15 knots (sometimes within the same race), strong upwind current, and regular 40+ degree shifts, conditions were about as challenging as you could ask for. Despite some promising early races, the Rams struggled to get their bearings in the challenging conditions. Although both fleets showed flashes of greatness, they struggled to put up consistent results, ultimately finishing 14th. While NEISA is known for it's shifty venues with the Thames River near the top of that list (perhaps right behind the Charles River), MAISA does not have nearly as many consistently shifty venues. Although sailing events at a venue like Coast Guard on the Thames does not necessarily prepare us for our in conference events at more traditional venues, it's important we get exposure to events like this not only for the practice in shifty conditions but also the ability to be more prepared next time we sail at a venue like Coast Guard, Connecticut College, MIT, or Harvard for a major Atlantic Coast qualifier or championship. We hope that the team will be able to take the hard lessons learned this past weekend and use them to improve our sailing next weekend, at the spring nationals, and into the following years. Many thanks to the Canavan family for hosting the Rams this past weekend and to the Costikyans for treating the team to an excellent dinner after racing on Saturday. Results for the Emily Wick can be viewed at the Tech Score link below.

Although it is Easter, the Rams still have two regattas on the schedule for this upcoming weekend, the MAISA Spring Women's Championship at Cornell and the Thompson Trophy at Connecticut College. The MAISA Spring Women's is the culmination of our women's fleet race regular season. As such, it is an opportunity to gain a berth to the ICSA Women's National Semifinals, either by finishing in the top two and qualifying outright or by posting an otherwise strong finish to better our chances at being selected for an at large berth. While the women's fleet race season is already coming to a close, the shortened spring coed fleet race season is just getting started with the Thompson Trophy being the first event in three weekends of coed fleet race competition. Although this will be a challenging event at a notoriously challenging venue, the Rams hope to use this weekend to both practice for the upcoming conference championships but also post a finish that furthers our case for an at large berth to the ICSA Coed National Semifinals. The Tech Score link for the Women's Championship is already live and the Thompson Trophy scores can be viewed by looking at the Tech Score main page when the event link gets posted later this week.

Go Rams!

Coach Norfleet

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