Cougars Advance To Final Four, Place Third at Bob Bavier Team Race

MT. PLEASANT, SC Feb. 25, 2013 – The College of Charleston sailing team compiled an 8-4 record over two days of racing to place third at the home-hosted Bob Bavier Team Race regatta held over the weekend in front of the USS Yorktown on Charleston Harbor.

College of Charleston sailing

The first round robin was postponed on shore until 1:45 p.m. due to the lack of wind on Saturday. The race committee completed 22 races in a flood tide and southerly winds ranging from 8-15 knots.


CofC posted a 7-2 record after the first day with wins over Eckerd College, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, the U.S. Naval Academy, South Florida, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Stanford – to earn a berth in the Final Four.


The Cougars’ rotation included senior All-American Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.) with senior crew Cory DeCollibus (Duxbury, Mass.) in races 1-3 and 5-12 and senior crew Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) in race 4.


Senior All-American Ben Spector (Santa Clarita, Calif.) teamed with sophomore crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.) in races 1-3 and 5-12 and senior crew Jeff Aschieris (Newport Beach, Calif.) in race 4, while senior Chris Banholzer (Hartland, Wis.) sailed with freshman crew Seppie McAdams (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) in races 2, 5-12 and senior crew Brooks Clark (Newport Beach, Calif.) in races 1, 3 and 4.


Decreasing clouds and sunshine made for great racing on Sunday as four races were completed using the Cooper River Cross Current Double Modified Port Triangle in a strong ebb tide and a northwesterly ranging from 8-12 knots.


Stanford won a sail-off with Navy for the last remaining seed in the Final Four. One round robin was completed and a second was attempted, but not before the sea breeze killed our northerly. The Cougars defeated the Cardinal, but fell to first-place Georgetown (10-2) and second-place Yale (10-2).


Up next, CofC will compete in four regattas this coming weekend at the Eckerd Intersectional hosted by Eckerd College on March 2-3 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Graham Hall Team Race hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy on March 2-3 in Annapolis, Md., the North Points #2 regatta on March 2 hosted by Clemson in Clemson, S.C., and the home-hosted Charleston Women’s Intersectional on March 2-3 at the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.



1. Georgetown (10-2)*

2. Yale (10-2)*

3. College of Charleston (8-4)

4. Stanford (7-5)

5. Navy (5-4)

6. St. Mary’s College of Maryland (4-5)

7. USF (4-5)

8T. Eckerd (1-8)

8T. Miami (1-8)

8T. Michigan (1-8)