WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 26, 2016) - The Tars competed in the first two regatta’s of the Spring in February: The Old South hosted by University of Florida on Feb. 13 and the SAISA Open on February 20 and 21 hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

The team has been rebuilding from inside the college, mostly training novice crews. Both events provided valuable experience for the new sailors.

At Old South, skippers Chad Murray and Federico Pozas sailed with three true beginners: Heidi Garbade, Madelyn Wyner, and John Schade.  The Tars posted a respectable fourth place finish, especially given the overall experience of the novice sailors. The weather was superb, with clear, sunny, and cool moderate windy conditions. 

Murray did an excellent job focusing on maintaining consistent finishes, averaging fourth place and finishing fourth in the A division. Pozas competed his very first regatta skippering, placing fifth.  All three crews shared equal time.

The SAISA Open at Eckerd College is the largest district regatta of the season, comprising of 18 schools.   The Tars were unfortunate to not have our light air crews in attendance, so had to make due with very heavy combined weight in the 2-6 knot light air conditions. 

Schade and Nelson Millett competed in A division finishing 13th while Chad Murray  and Jack Larson competed in B division finishing 12th, totaling a final score of 11th overall. 

Coach Glenn attended the Annual District meeting held during the SAISA Open.  He observed from the other school reports just how fortunate Rollins sailing is.  The Rollins campus houses one of the most beautiful boathouses in the country, complete with dry storage, classroom, lockers and shower facilities. The fleet of 10 Flying Juniors is in good shape as well as many other factors that ensure Rollins sailing has a bright future.

This enthusiasm is spreading into next years recruiting class, and the new and old sailors.