Overcast skies all day with post-frontal northerly winds, the only UNfavorable wind direction at the Magnuson Resort, site of the 2013 Spring Nationals. Winds were 8-10 knots for the first 6 sets, but after a short break on shore for lunch, dropped to 5-6 knots. Shifty all day, but only one race was abandoned due to an unfair course. All courses were W3's and W4's. Five teams competed.
After the first full set, the stage was set... The top three teams, Charleston, Eckerd, and South Florida, all nationally ranked, were tied! The three exchanged the lead the entire day, with several nail-biting finishes. The stakes were enormous, as only 2 of these 3 ranked teams would qualify for the Nationals and Semi-finals.
The Florida Gators and Miami 'Canes were not to be dismissed either, as they both took victories in races.
When the dust settled, defending champions USF tied Charleston, but lost the tie-breaker, so Charleston goes to Nationals, USF to Semi-finals. Eckerd faded to third, a disappointing end to an excellent season. Fingers are crossed, hoping that the competition committee will look favorably towards SAISA when considering any available berth.
Many thanks to Eckerd for supplying the "coach boat", which ironically had 4 coaches, all of whom were past USF sailing team MVP's. Thanks also to current USF sailing team members for their help running the event, and to all competitors and parents for their support.
|*||1||College of Charleston||Cougars||22||21||43|
|*||2||University of South Florida||Bulls||17||26||43|
|4||University of Florida||Gators||45||36||81|
|5||University of Miami||Hurricanes||43||40||83|
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.