Disappointment for CIT Sailors in Los Angeles



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Invitations to The Harbor Cup are highly coveted, attracting top-level college sailors vying for a chance to win the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup perpetual trophy.

CIT students were thrilled to have the opportunity & support to compete from 9-11th of March! CIT raced against the top American universities over what was 3 days of excitement on the water in Catalina 37s. This was a rare opportunity for high-level offshore keelboat racing & CIT were up for the challenge.

The series consisted of 10 windward-leeward races on the Pacific Ocean course outside Angels’ Gate.

After the first day of racing CIT were lying 3rd overall. With the breeze building throughout the afternoon CIT sailed 4 races but the first race was thrown out. We carded a 1st, 3rd and a 6th. Day 2, CIT were 6th overall. With rain and very little wind we had very challenging conditions on the water.

We started well with a 3rd but in the four following races we placed 8th in each of them. On the morning of the final day (March 11th), skies finally cleared and the sun broke through for the penultimate race of this prestigious event.

It was the US Naval Academy’s second place finish in that race, that was the big news, clinching the 2018 Port of LA Harbor Cup title, for the first time in history. CIT finished 6th overall & while disappointed, the experience was once in a lifetime.

Hopefully with the experience gained, future success won’t be too far away for our Sailing Club members.

This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the support of sponsors: “Enterprise Systems Partners (ESP)”, “Penco Insurance”, “Dubarry”, “Cully & Sully” and CIT.

The 9 person team consisted of sailors from both our CIT and NMCI Sailing Clubs:

Ewan O’Keefe – Structural Engineering

Grattan Roberts – Mechanical Engineering

Richard Harrington – Sustainable Energy Engineering

Scott O’Sullivan – Interior Architecture

Aine O’Driscoll – Tourism and Business

Anna Carthy – Tourism and Business

Dylan O’Rourke – Accounting

Robert Scandrett – Nautical Science (NMCI)

Mark Murphy – Nautical Science (NMCI)

As always our thanks to our Club members for their tremendous efforts both home and abroad and to staff for your support and encouragement of our athletes.

Miriam Deasy,

Sports Officer.

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