GAINSVILLE, FL (February 22-23, 2014): Legend has it that Ponce de León set sail seeking the mystic Fountain of Youth and ended up somewhere in northern Florida. In similar fashion, our rowdy crew of all-freshman Wolfpack sailors rolled into Gainesville this past February 22nd seeking adventure (and good starts!) at the 2014 Old South Intersectional Regatta hosted by the University of Florida.
Lake Wauburg is the home of the annual Old South Intersectional Regatta at UF
The day's breeze was late to arrive so much of the morning was spent in the sun on the lake with February temps mid-80s by noon. (#collegesailingproblems)
Getting boats rigged and ready to race!
NC State's team featured skipper Matthew Dockstader (Charlotte, NC) and crew Kelly Kosco (Jamestown, NC) sailing in A-Fleet, joined by fellow Class of 2017 all-stars April Lamb (China Grove, NC) as skipper with trusty crew Nathan Niles (Cary, NC). With very light breeze all morning, the ever-patient and organized race committee was able to hold five races in each fleet in the afternoon. With a 7th as high place finish for A-Fleet and a 5th for the high-water-mark in B-Fleet, NC State sailors showed great promise and had a good time racing against schools from both the South Atlantic and Southeastern Intercollegiate Sailing Associations.
NC State sailors (L to R) April Lamb, Kelly Kosco, Matthew Dockstader, Nathan Niles
Full scores from the regatta are available at College Sailing. It was a great regatta and compliments to UF for hosting our sailors, showing everyone great hospitality and putting on a great event. We had heard that Old South was a super fun regatta and we concur! Here's a great album of photos from the regatta including several sampled in the article here. Be sure to give the UF Sailing Team a Like.