WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 7, 2019) – Twenty members of the Rollins Tars Sailing team were up early this weekend, making final preparations to host a matchup with eight conference rivals who came from as far as North Carolina to compete for the coveted Golden Bailer in Rollins College's Fall Developmental Regatta.
The Golden Bailer regatta was the third in a series hosted by Rollins over the past 12 months.
The regatta was designed to give playing time to up-and-coming sailors and programs in SAISA.
The turnout for the regatta was the best of the series so far.
Including Rollins and teams from North Carolina State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, University of South Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic, UCF, Georgia Southern and Embry Riddle, over 60 sailors packed the Alfond Boathouse waterfront.
Most of the week, the weather forecast for Saturday had been less than stellar, but the actual conditions on the friendly confines of Lake Virginia started good and only got better.
A string of first place finishes by the Tars followed.
On the day, the Tars' two teams finished the regatta overall in first and third place, taking home the coveted Golden Bailer.
Eleven Tars got significant time in competition. Rollins was led by skippers Carly Orhan, Jason Goldsmith, Nate Barrett, and Connor Teague with crews Caroline Fabbrini, Ruth Reischmann, Connor MacNamara, Wyatt Sandefur, Jason Makris, Herminio Agront, and Julia Knight. Of that eleven, ten are new to Rollins Sailing this fall.
Goldsmith, Teague, Orhan and Barrett all had good days at the helm with Orhan and Barrett standing out with a combined ten wins in 14 races.
When competition was over and the boats converged on Rollins' floating dock, it was gratifying to watch sailors from the nine different schools switch from competitors to teammates who worked together to get the boats out of the water, bunked, and de-rigged.
"We appreciate our friends and rivals making the trip and making this such a great day," said Rollins Sailing Director Dave Herbster. "And I gotta say, it sure feels good to keep the coveted Golden Bailer right here at Rollins."
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