On Saturday February 9, the Rollins Sailing Tars left the friendly confines of Lake Virginia and went two different directions for competition against rivals from the southeast, Colorado and Texas.
The previous week's weather had been magnificent, but brought little wind, and kept the Tars in mothballs unable to practice.
But on the weekend, that weather gave way to chilly, blustery winds and a weekend with its share of firsts. This week marked the first time the Tars sent squads to two different competitions on the same weekend, the Tars first time sailing in Texas, and the first time Rollins has picked up four wins in ten B-Division races.
They say everything is big in Texas, and this weekend, that was true of the wind in Galveston where the Tars represented Rollins and their conference at the Harris Kempner Open. The Tars came out victorious, battling a pair of Texas A&M teams, to capture the top spot.
With temps in the 40's and winds in the 20's and higher, the Tars took first place after Texas A&M was docked points for a rules violation.
It was a big weekend for the entire team and especially for Walsh, Keogh and Anderson who finished first or second in 8 of 10 races.
On University of Florida's home waters, Lake Wauberg, you must watch out for the Gators – and the Yellow Jackets, Wolfpack, and Tigers.
It was there that the Tars gathered in a field of 10 conference rivals (Florida, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, Auburn, among others) from across the southeast for a day of sailing in brisk, gusty northeast winds of 10-15 knots.
The Tars finished 7th or better in 8 of 12 races, and finished the day on a high note with a 3rd place finish from Dillard and Santry.
Coach Herbster was pleased with the massive strides the program took over the weekend, saying, "Sending portions of our team (a total of ten Tars) to Gainesville and to Texas on the same weekend was a big step for us. That's about half our team, and more than that were ready to go if called on. That says something about our depth and the enthusiasm of our sailors. It was gratifying to represent Rollins and our conference in competition in Texas. A big thank you to Texas A&M (event host) and our fellow competitors from Texas and Colorado. They were gracious, and the competition was challenging and fun."
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