The Spring of 2014 closed with the SailPack strongly positioned near the top of the SAISA division, yet falling only points away from reaching Nationals. Building on the success of the past season will surely be a focus for a squad that returns most if not all of it's high-performing junior class for their senior seasons. Together with the influx of new freshmen joining the team, many of whom have prior racing experience, and the summer work and improvement of other veterans on the team, the 2014-15 season has great potential to keep the great momentum going for the NC State Sailing program.
"This season's going to be fun for us, for sure. Our squad has not just gotten a taste of winning, be it races or regattas, but they're getting comfortable with high expectations and have developed a competitive confidence," said NC State head coach Dana Magliola. "Even over the summer, I've been hearing from our sailors about their enthusiasm for the start of the season and where their team is going."
The 2014 Fall SailPack schedule features regattas in familiar SAISA locations such as Charleston, SC and Miami, Florida, but also includes NC State's first regatta at a NEISA venue, the Hood Trophy hosted by Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts just outside of Boston.
We're excited to sail in a NEISA event this season, as well as to be defending our win at last year's Jefferson Cup, then called the Virginia Open hosted by UVA," said NC State team captain senior David Rogers (Mt. Pleasant, SC). "We'll also be trying our hand at match racing which is a great step to introduce college sailors to competitive one-design keel boat racing," he offered.
Match racing is a division of intercollegiate sailing in which co-ed sailors compete in one-design keel boat racing generally featuring a 20-24 foot keel boat sailed by teams of 3 or 4. The co-ed and Women's teams will continue competing in fleet racing, the biggest division of college sailing.
In addition to regattas mentioned on the schedule, SailPack alumni and friends will be getting together at special receptions in Boston, Wilmington, and Charleston, as well as an event in Raleigh to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Sailing Club at NC State. Keep an eye out for details on these events and how you can attend and support the SailPack!