East Hampton, CT- The SHU Sailing Team traveled to Lake Pocotopaug, home of Wesleyan Sailing, this past Sunday and left with Sacred Heart's, first ever, intercollegiate regatta victory. The event was held in a chilly, drizzly rain with very light to moderate breezes as 6 regional NEISA schools hit the water for their final event of the spring.
Brian Hayes Jr. ('21) with Laura Scheidler ('21) competed as our "A" Division team and started the series with a 2,4 in the first two races in very unpredictable and variable winds. SHU's "B" Division team of Aleix Monomary ('22) and Wynn Simmons ('21) then sailed 3 races against their division as the breezes became more stable and came away with 3 impressive race wins. With the scores tight between UMass, Amherst and SHU, Hayes/Scheidler had more one race to sail to close out the win. Behind the UMass team at the start the team was able to make some moves on the 1st leg upwind to pass UMass and round 2nd. With a good run and well played second beat the SHU team had the regatta win locked up on the final leg to the finish and nearly caught Wesleyan for the race win but settled for 2nd in the race and the overall regatta win. Dave White, SHU Sailing Director weighed in on the teams victory. "It is exciting for the team to capture SHU Sailings first regatta win. The addition of Brian and Aleix gave us two sailors with international racing experience and to have the team have success so soon after them joining is exciting". Hayes Jr./Scheidler tied for 1st place in "A" Division with 8 points while Monomany/Simmons dominated "B" division with, a perfect score of 3 points!
SHU Sailing Adviser, Brian Hayes Sr., was at the event to offer some advice and support for the team. "To watch the team come together this semester has been very satisfying. Brian, Aleix, Laura and Wynn have been the core of the team and are really working well in managing, not only great results, but working together as student leaders. With so few student athletes on the roster the spring semester has been a challenge for the four of them but they should all be proud to bring home SHU's first regatta victory. The 2019-20 season is looking very promising with as many as 6 freshman recruits lined up to give Club Sailing a go this fall along with the possible return of past team leaders, Graham Hughes ('20), from his internship, and Kelsey Black ('21) along the addition of more sailors that may be hiding on campus that may want to give college sailing a go!. The opportunities and foundation SHU Sailing has now really sets the team up to succeed and grow on this season ending results".
SHU Sailing will kick off the 2019-20 season in September and an organizational meeting for new sailors will be held the 1st week of the fall semester. In the meantime the team will be campaigning our offshore boat this summer with sailors from SHU and Fairfield University under the guidance of SHU alumnus Colby Jennings. For more details on SHU Sailing and to get involved contact Dave White (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brian Hayes Sr. (email@example.com).