Joshua Greenslade and his St. Mary’s College of Maryland took to the water for the first day of racing for the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championships on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The event is co-hosted by the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Eckerd College and St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Fourteen collegiate teams from across the nation qualified to compete for the Walter C. Wood Trophy, awarded to the winning team at the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship. The trophy honors Walter C. “Jack” Wood, MIT’s first sailing director and whom in conjunction with Leonard M. Fowle, was a founder of college racing.
Racing got underway around 10 a.m. under sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. Due to a front that was passing through the area, the day started with steady winds from the east ranging from 12 to 17 knots. The breeze was the strongest in the morning and then as the day warmed up and the wind started to clock to the north the breeze lightened up. It got really light in the evening around 5 knots.
Greenslade and his teammates finished the day with a record of 5 and 1, after recording wins against Texas A & M University at Galveston, the University of Hawaii, the US Naval Academy, Boston College and Brown University. The only loss came when they took on the Stanford University.