Try as they may, there was no getting around the weather issues that plagued the start of the semi-final round of the 2010 ICSA Women’s National Championship on Lake Mendota today. The sailors in A-Division were on the water by mid-morning, and back on shore for lunch without a race having been started due to lack of wind. An early afternoon race was ultimately abandoned and the sailors again returned to shore to wait for a change in conditions, which they did – just not for the better. By late afternoon the wind materialized, as did rain, but it was lightning which once again sent the fleet ashore after a final attempt to get the competition underway. Day one ends with no races on the scoreboard, and the possibility of similar weather conditions tomorrow.
The ICSA Women’s National Championship (May 25-28) is being hosted by the University of Wisconsin, utilizing their fleet of 420s, from the regatta base at Memorial Union and Hoofer Sailing Club. There are 18 schools competing in the semi-final round with only a top-nine finish allowing them to move on to the championship round. There they will face the nine schools who received a bye for this round based on their conference performance throughout the year: Brown University (Providence, R.I.), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.), St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s City, Md.), Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.), Texas A & M Galveston (Galveston, Texas), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and the University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.). Each school will field a separate A and B division team with, weather permitting, each division sailing 20- to 30-minute fleet races in rotation. A team’s final score is determined by the combined results of its sailors in A and B divisions
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