CLEMSON, SC (March 1, 2014): With spring race season getting into gear, Wolfpack sailors travelled to South Carolina for SAISA North Points #2 regatta hosted by Clemson University. As the second conference regatta this Spring, North Points #2 was the first regatta of the season featuring only teams from the North Division, NC State's home division within the conference. NC State finished the regatta in 3rd place of 12 teams behind the College of Charleston and hosts Clemson Tigers who won the regatta on a tiebreaker with C of C.
NC State's Paulina Spencer ('16) and Jill Tucker ('15) round a mark at North Points #2 Regatta
The Clemson event also provided an opportunity for NC State's women's squad to compete against co-ed and women's teams from the division, so NC State travelled with two full race squads. In A-Fleet, NC State was represented by senior skipper Benton Morton (Wilmington, NC) and freshman crew Andrew Edwards (Aiken, SC), as well as the second squad in A-fleet featuring junior skipper and Women's Team Captain Nikki Palen (Greensboro, NC) with sophomore crew Kristin Neill (Greensboro, NC). In B-fleet, junior skipper David Rogers (Mt. Pleasant, SC) and junior crew Daniel Hemstreet (Huntersville, NC) were joined by a second boat featuring sophomore skipper Paulina Spencer (Raleigh, NC) and junior crew Jillian Tucker (Jamestown, NC).
NC State brought out the spirit with sailors and spectators alike! Additional regatta competitors included the College of Charleston, Clemson, The Citadel, UNC-Wilmington, Duke, UGA, Georgia Tech, Auburn and the University of Tennessee.
Thumbs up to College Sailing life.
Facing cool temperatures and a light, shifty breeze early in the day, Race organizers were able to get three races in each division completed before waiting for wind to fill in later in the day. Since waiting is a well-honed college sailing skill, teams and spectators were able to pass the time lounging, snacking, playing bags and generally just hanging out at the Lake. Around 1:00PM the breeze picked up to 5-8 knots and sailors were able to complete another two sets of races before wrapping in mid-afternoon. Compliment to the University of Georgia Sailing Team for some great pictures including those featured in this article and thanks to the Clemson Sailing Team for hosting a great regatta! Be sure to drop them both a Like.
NC State B-fleet sailors in boat 10 heading towards the finish line.
Light and shifty breeze on Lake Hartwell
Photos compliments of University of Georgia Sailing Club.