Hawaii coed sailors head to Gill Coed National Championship

Hawaii coed sailors head to Gill Coed National Championship

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawai'i coed sailing team will compete in the 2016 Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship in San Diego, Calif. from May 31-June 3. Powering the UH team will be eight sailors: Chuck Eaton, Kellie Yamada, Patrick Manuel, Soren Wilde, Giacomo Paoletti, Michael Pacholski, Annika Garrett, and Cole Brauer. Hawai'i will have Division A and B teams competing. Racing on the opening day (May 31) is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. in North San Diego Bay on the Embarcadero near the B Street Pier.

This will be the 16th time that the coed sailing team will be competing for the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy. It is the fourth-straight season that the coed team has qualified for nationals. The Rainbows won the coed national title in 2004 at Cascade Locks, Ore.

The Gill Coed National Championship is comprised of the top 36 teams from across the nation competing in the four-day regatta. The field of 36 is divided into two brackets (Eastern and Western Semifinals) of 18 teams each with semifinal races running from May 31 through June 1. The top nine teams from each bracket will then advance to the final round which will take place from June 2-3.

This UH coed squad finished in third place at the recent Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) Championships (April 22). Earlier this season, the 'Bows won the 27th Annual Stoney Burke Intersectional (Oct. 17-18). UH followed that performance by placing second at the PCCSC Fall Pacific Coast Championship in Santa Barbara before closing out their fall season by capturing the PCCSC Fall Dinghy Championship with Cole Brauer and Jeremy Hitchcock claiming the top spot, four points ahead of UCSB.

Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship Information
 May 31-June 3, 2016
Where: San Diego Yacht Club (San Diego, Calif.)
Teams: Eastern Semifinals - Boston College, Boston University, Fordham, Hampton, Old Dominion, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Stanford, Texas A&M at Galveston, Tufts, U.S. Naval Academy, British Columbia, Florida, Hawai'i, South Florida, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Washington University, Yale.
Western Semifinals - Brown, College of Charleston, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Eckerd, George Washington, Georgetown, Hobart & William Smith College, Jacksonville, Robert Williams, Texas A&M, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, UC Santa Barbara, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, USC, Washington

Hawaii Athletics Release