Dear Friends of Fordham Sailing,
Day two of the ICSA Match Race Nationals began one hour early in a steady 8-10 knot breeze. The Rams started the day with a highly contentious race against Navy. Though the Rams took a penalty in the pre-start, they led off the line and held onto a narrow lead at the first windward mark. They extended their lead on the downwind and it looked as though they may be able to extend their lead enough to kill their penalty and retain the lead. Unfortunately, Navy held on close enough that Fordham was left with no choice but to engage and try to draw a penalty on Navy, offsetting our penalty and allowing the Rams to continue to the finish. Fordham engaged with Navy first on the port layline to the windward mark and then again throughout the downwind, attempting to get a hook and luff to draw the foul. Unfortunately, Navy sailed well and were able to avoid all of Fordham's attempts to draw a foul. The Rams eventually ran out of space and were forced to cross the finish line without killing their penalty or drawing a foul, thereby losing the race. After the tough Navy race, the Rams rebounded with a resounding victory against Bowdoin, leading off the line and extending throughout the race.
Unfortunately, after the Bowdoin race, the breeze lightened substantially and the pace of racing slowed significantly. The combination of the short delay and the bleak forecast for the remainder of the day all but ensured that there would not be time to complete a full eight team knockout round. Because the Rams were outside of contention for the top four, this effectively eliminated the Rams from contention to win the event. By the time the Rams sailed their final race against Georgetown, the announcement to skip the quarterfinals was officially made, meaning the Rams' final race only influenced their placement between 5th and 10th. The race against Georgetown was sailed in an even lighter and more patchy breeze. The Rams got stalled out after being luffed by Georgetown at go, allowing the Hoyas to extend away and maintain their lead throughout the race.
After the conclusion of the single round robin, the Rams finished with a record of 3-6. This record put them in 9th overall, losing a three way tie for 7th place, one race out of a tie for 5th place. Final results can be viewed at the link below.
Additionally, I wanted to take a moment to announce Fordham Sailing's participation in the Giving Tuesday campaign. Giving Tuesday will take place on Tuesday November 30th, two weeks from today. Stay tuned for more details on the campaign in the coming days.