Sean Bouchard and his Roger Williams University Sailing teammates came away with a second place finish at the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, co-hosted by the University of Texas Sailing Team and the Austin Yacht Club on Lake Travis.
Roger Williams runner-up finish marks the best placing for Roger Williams at the Coed Dinghy Championships in history of the program.
Roger Williams University won the first A-Division race, while the B-Division hit the water for their first set of the day in a northeast breeze around 3-5 knots.
Three races in each division were completed today for a total of 13 in each Division for the Regatta.
Roger Williams University won the Oxford University Trophy, awarded to the second place team in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. The Oxford University Yacht Club team and its captain Jeremy Thomas presented this trophy in 1954 on the occasion of the first of a continuing series of college regattas between British and North American teams held alternately in the United States and Great Britain every two years.
Roger Williams sailed a consistent regatta. They finished the first two days in third place and moved up to second place after today's racing. “We were fired up to go sailing today, but the wind did not cooperate,” Amanda Callahan, Roger Williams' head coach says.
Roger Williams did get enough racing in today to get past Yale. “We are very proud, both of our boats sailed amazing,” Callahan says. The team's strength is sailing in shifty conditions and they were able to minimize mistakes and stay in the top of the fleet, she says.
This is the first time Roger Williams has placed in the ICSA/Gill Championships and only the fifth time they have qualified for the event. They have not placed above fourth place before today.