ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (February 19, 2019) - The Tars departed the Rollins campus before daybreak, leaving behind the friendly confines of Lake Virginia and a solid week of practice, to ride south to Boca Ciega Bay and Eckerd College to faceoff against conference rivals in the spring's first conference points regatta.
The prior week's practice had been productive and included a visit from veteran sailor, Jack LeFort. A former sailing standout at Penn known for his experience, salty approach, and competitive nature, Jack offered on-the-water tactical tips to the Tars on Tuesday.
Conditions on Boca Ciega Bay were good for racing with a fresh breeze that held up throughout the competition. Seventeen schools were on hand to vie for the first points of the season that will help decide which six schools will sail in the SAISA Conference Championship.
The Tars took ten sailors to the event. At skipper were Teagan Walsh, Nick Baker, Cooper Anderson, and Samantha Capozzi, with Fernando Herrera, Oliver Santry, Simon Munoz, Jennifer Morgan, Connor McNamara and Maggie Burns at crew.
The Tars rose as high as 11th place in the regatta and finished 13th chasing the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets and a step ahead of the Georgia Bulldogs. It was the Tars best finish in the past four SAISA Opens dating back to Spring 2016 when Rollins finished 10th.
Coach Herbster was encouraged by the team's bright spots, steadily improving racing starts, and fighting spirit. "You gotta love this team. Win, lose or draw they're always ready to go another round."
Looking ahead, the Tars have a bye this weekend, then get back in action vs. division rivals at the next SAISA regatta hosted by the University of Miami March 2 on Biscayne Bay.
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