Annapolis, MD (November 4, 2012) - The Kennedy Cup, Intercollegiate Sailing's Big Boat National Championship, was contested in the Chesapeake Bay on November 2-4. Although Hurricane Sandy delayed preparation and made travel difficult for many schools, all ten teams from around the country were able to attend.
Two races were run on Friday with NW winds ranging from 12-25 knots. Cal Maritime demonstrated great comfort with the strong wind by leading the fleet with a score of 2-1. They were closely followed by the Naval Academy and NY Maritime.
On Saturday, sailors faced even colder and windier conditions. Temperatures reached the upper 40s and the wind speed increased throughout the day from 15 knots to near 30 by the end of the day. Naval Academy sailed near flawless races to lead the day with three first place finishes. Cal Maritime and Kings Point rounded out the top three places.
Sunny skies and gentler winds came in for Sunday's two races. Genoas were used for the first time all regatta, which proved much to the liking of Mass Maritime who scored 3-1 to lead the day.
Winning five of seven races, Navy took the title, earning them the right to represent the U.S. at the Student Yachting World Cup in France in 2013. Sailing for the Naval Academy were skipper Steve Jaenke, Charlie Johnson, Sam Ross, Kelsey Ragsdale, Sean Brown, Andy Beeler, Roscoe Thomas, and Ethan Madison.
|1||U. S. Naval Academy||Midshipmen||12||12|
|2||California Maritime Academy||Keelhaulers||20||20|
|3||U. S. Merchant Marine Academy||Mariners||28||28|
|4||SUNY Maritime College||Privateers||32||32|
|5||Maine Maritime Academy||Mariners||39||39|
|6||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Buccaneers||40||40|
|7||U. S. Coast Guard Academy||Bears||42||42|
|8||University of Michigan||Wolverines||48||48|
|9||St. Mary's College of Maryland||Seahawks||54||54|
|10||U. S. Military Academy||Army||77||77|
The following chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division, which may not represent the order in which the races were actually sailed.
The first place team as of a given race will always be at the top of the chart. The spacing from one team to the next shows relative gains/losses made from one race to the next. You may hover over the data points to display the total score as of that race.