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In this week’s feature, Chris Castano looks into what it takes to be on the Georgetown sailing team. It’s harder, and more rewarding, than you might think.
Despite a general lack of knowledge about college sailing, people seem quick to write the sport off as minor—or worse, boring. On the contrary, Georgetown’s sailing team has proven to be one of the University’s most successful varsity sports programs of the last decade, having secured the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association/Gill National Championship twice, including last year, and having placed five times in the last nine years. And what’s more, the high physical risk sailors face in what turns out to be an extremely dangerous sport challenges anyone who thinks of sailing as a leisurely activity.
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Though Hoyas have been done with finals for over a month now, athletes on the sailing and track and field teams did not get a break. This past weekend, both teams finally concluded their respective seasons with historic wins.
Georgetown’s sailing team traveled to Austin, Texas for the ICSA/GILL Coed Dinghy National Championship. With their strong season to date, it was no surprise when the team came away with the national title. The Hoyas finished the event 32 points ahead of their closest competitor in Roger Williams University, while also beating out traditional powerhouses Yale and Harvard.
Mike Callahan, Georgetown’s head coach, lauded his team’s approach throughout the weekend. “Georgetown approached each day of the event like three different regattas. The sailors started each day fresh and did not worry about other teams, they just focused on their own sailing”.
Adding to the team’s list of accomplishments, junior Chris Barnard was awarded the Everett B. Morris Trophy for College Sailor of the Year.
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Charlie Buckingham and Leah Volk, two senior members of Georgetown’s sailing team, were invited to join the 2011 U.S. Sailing Development Team earlier this week.
The 55-person team, which is supported by U.S. Sailing’s Olympic Committee, trains young sailors to compete at the Olympic level.
Buckingham, who won the 2010 Intercollegiate Sailing Association men’s singlehanded national sailing championship, will train on a single-person dinghy known as a Laser. But, he’s no stranger to accolades; in 2009, he appeared in Sports Illustrated and was honored as the nation’s top collegiate sailor.
Volk was chosen for the 470, a two-person dinghy.
“In addition to competing in regattas against the best national and international sailors, the USSDT will participate in a number of training camps throughout the year including the Performance Enhancement Team Training Camp in Colorado Springs,” Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen said in a press release.
Buckingham and Volk aren’t the first Hoyas with gold-medal hopes. In 2008, Georgetown graduate Andrew Campbell competed at the Beijing Olympics.
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Usually the only Georgetown athletes fortunate (or unfortunate, if you believe in the cover jinx) enough to see their name in Sports Illustrated are the University’s basketball stars. But this week SI’s editors showed that Hoya sports extend outside of the Verizon Center, featuring sailor Charlie Buckingham in the current issue’s Faces in the Crowd section.
Buckingham, who was featured in the Voice‘s cover story on the sailing team earlier this year, earned his place in the magazine by winning the Everett B. Morris Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate sailor. Only the second sophomore ever to win the award, Buckingham joins Andrew Campbell and Chris Behm as the third Hoya to take home the Morris Trophy in the past four years.
The rising junior skipper helped lead the Hoyas to a third-place finish at this year’s sailing national championships. With the collegiate sailing season concluded, Buckingham now hopes to bring home hardware for a new team: the USA. He will spend his summer with the US Sailing Team, travelling the world to compete in regattas.
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If you’re looking for a reason to watch the Summer Olympics, here’s one: former Georgetown Sailing Team captain Andrew Campbell (SFS ’06) is on the US Olympic Sailing Team.
“It’s really not going to hit me that I’ve made it until we walk into that stadium on August 8th,” Campbell wrote in an e-mail.
Ranked 15th in the world in his class, the San Diego native has just returned from Beijing, where he practiced for the 2008 Summer Olympics with the seventeen other members of the US Olympic Sailing team. Equally impressive, he managed to keep up with his blog.
Some of his blog posts will appeal only to sailing aficionados, others provide charming personal experiences with the Yellow Sea sludge.
“It’s our own personal version of the sci-fi movie: the Blobs!!!” Campbell wrote about the bulbous algae blooms currently choking the Olympics sailing site.
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