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Weekend Regatta Report:
Week 4
Graham Hall Team Race
Charleston Womens Invitational
South Points 2

Graham Hall Team Race: Starting farthest north, the coed team racing sailors competed at the Graham Hall Team Racing event hosted by Navy in Annapolis, MD. Wind chill factors were well below freezing, and conditions were less than ideal for the USF team. Sixteen teams were entered, and after a rocky start, the team of Will Stocke/Emily Johnson, Chris Stocke/Ali Yarbrough, and Fernando Monllor/Reba Campbell rallied to land a coveted spot in the top eight finals. Credit to first year coach Tim King for keeping the focused despite the inclement weather.

Charleston Womens Invitational: Halfway down the coast, the women's team competed in Charleston, SC at the Women's Invitational, but were also treated to non-Florida temperatures in the mid 40's with winds gusting into the mid-teens on Saturday. Nine teams were entered, and five of those teams are ranked in the top 15 nationally. The group of Abby Featherstone/Dominique Wright, Colleen Hartman/Darcy Jensen, and extra Candice Stewart sailed well below their potential early in the regatta, but once they got rolling, they excelled, with Abby and Dominique winning 3 consecutive races, and another on Sunday, and Colleen and Darcy winning one as well. At the end, Abby and Dominique finished just 6 points out of first overall, settling for a hard-earned 2nd place. Combining their scores, the team finished 4th overall, ahead of two ranked teams, which should move them into the top 15 nationally when the next poll comes out.

South Points 2: Finally, closer to home, the South Points squad traveled to Rollins College to compete in the SAISA SP-2 event. Conditions were not much better even back in Florida, though, as temperatures struggled to reach 50, and winds were gusting above 20 knots. Tom Hamby/Tekla Myotte sailed in "A" division and Patricia Calvo Jaschke/Nicole Santana sailed in "B" division. Nine teams were competing, and at one point, practically every boat was capsized due to "death rolls" in the strong winds. Racing was abandoned, and the remainder of the regatta was cancelled. Special thanks to Megan Hostetter for coaching the team.

Looking Ahead: Hoping for improved weather, the women's team travels to Navy next weekend, and the SAISA sailors will be hosting the South Points 3 event at USF.

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