This weekend members of Notre Dame’s Sailing Team escaped freezing polar vortex here in South Bend and headed out to warm weather at the Harris Kempner Memorial Regatta hosted by Texas A&M University at Galveston. The team flew out Friday night, receiving confused glances as they boarded their plane with lifejackets in hand. Saturday consisted of sunny 60 degree weather and 15 knots of wind during which the team gained the lead by the third race. On Sunday the wind speed slowed to 10 knots and was accompanied by unwanted fog and rain showers. Despite the unfavorable weather conditions the team held the lead throughout the day, and ended the day on top.
Notre Dame’s winning team consisted of Captain Jack Schneider (’16), Vice Captains Christian Koerwer (’16) and Mike Hull (’17), and Benny Richmond (’17). Each skipper/crew pair completed twelve races over the course of both days. Jack (Skipper) and Mike (Crew) raced in the A division accumulating a total of 38 points and Christian (Skipper) and Benny (Crew) raced in the B division ending the Regatta with an impressive total of 26 points. The team’s total score came out to 64, 21 points lower than the second place finisher!
This is certainly an exciting start to the sailing season completed by such a young team from Notre Dame. In two weeks the team is sending four Seniors out to the Nelson Rolsch Intersectional Regatta at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The team wishes them luck as they compete among many skilled and competitive schools from around the country.