NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2020) – The Tars left campus on a quiet, misty Rollins morning heading to a friendly competition, with five other Florida universities, which took place at New Smyrna and the Indian River. The event marked the Tars' first sailing competition of the spring.
The morning brought a steady north wind with plenty of drizzle. Despite the conditions, the Tars showed improvement on the water, beginning with solid starts in almost every race all day long. The Tars' starts were top tier in seven of the day's eight races. The starts paid off at the finish line, as the Tars held leads in multiple races, and racked up 3 second place finishes on the day.
"This is what we'd hoped to see," said Sailing Director Dave Herbster. "Better starts are foundational to improving, and our sailors are making the team's hard work payoff."
The team was paced by veteran skipper Jack Dillard and freshman Brett Levine, in his first collegiate competition, with strong performance at crew from senior Fer Herrera, sophomore Nico Ladino, and freshman Sutton MacInnes.
Looking ahead to next weekend, the Tars will split the squad – the Tars will travel to Galveston, Texas where they will defend their 2019 title in the Harris Kempner Memorial. While on the friendly confines of Lake Virginia, the Tars will host ten schools that include University of Florida, NC State, and Georgia Tech in the Old Florida regatta.