24 March 2008

Waterfront Staff Steps the Masts on the Lettie G. Howard

The Kings Point Waterfront has been the winter home this year for the 1893 fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard. In the fall both masts were removed for inspection and maintenance, and in a sure sign of spring the two large masts were re-stepped this morning by the waterfront staff. The Lettie G. Howard is used for Sail Training in New York and New England, and for Kings Point's Plebe Indoctrination.

Dinghy Team Earns KP Point against Coast Guard

The dinghy team sailed the in the Boston Dingy Cup this weekend, the longest held regatta in college sailing in Boston "Beantown" MA and sailed on the Charles River. The event is usually the most diverse in boats used but this year it was a three division regatta all sailed in FJ's. Conditions for Saturday were sunny in the low 40's with 5-15 knots from the WNW and the same on Sunday but with less breeze at 5-10 knots. As usual the breeze was very shifty but yet tame by Charles River windshifts standards.

Sailing for the Mariners were seniors Chris Alexander and Allison Davis who finished 14th in A division. Senior James Givens and sophomore Alyssa Montague were 9th in B division while sophomores Brett Baker and Sara Mock were 8th in C division.

Upcoming for the team is a trip to Hobart & William and Smith on March 29th and 30th for the North #1 in order to qualify for the America trophy. The dinghy team will also be competing that weekend in the Central #1 at Ocean County College.

17 March 2008

Offshore Team Headed to California

Members of the well-traveled Offshore Sailing Team will be traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to compete in the 2008 Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta. Competing teams will include the U.S. Coast Guard and Naval Academies, Cal Maritime, USC, Stanford, and others. The Regatta is sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, and should be a great event for our sailors to learn about the port operations and meet some west coast Alumni.

Team Roster
Name Year Homeport
Patrick Gerometta 2008 Farmington Hills, MI
Brandon Starodub 2008 Forked River, NJ
Jennifer Davis 2008 Yuma, AZ
Craig Gary 2008 Bay Village, OH
Patrick Ambrose 2010 Fairplay, CO
Joseph Hoffman 2011 Reno, NV
Derrick Cherico 2011 Clarion, PA
Coach Peete Must 2005

Port of Los Angeles Press Release
More Regatta Info

Dinghy Places 3rd at MAISA Team Race Challenge

The Mariners headed back to the Chester River in Maryland this weekend vying against several other team including regatta hosts Washington College and Cornell for one last chance to qualify for the Prosser Trophy team race. With two round robins and a single final four scheduled the Mariners lost two races in the first round robin, one to St. Mary's who was previously qualified for the Prosser Trophy and also to Washington College in a tough and protest laden race. Washington College went undefeated on the day. The second round robin was started on Saturday afternoon and KP won their first two races before racing was called for the day in the dying breeze, but with the toughest races still to be sailed.

Heading into Sunday it was clear that we needed to beat St. Mary's and Washington college and look for some help from St. Mary's to beat Washington college as KP and Washington College were the top teams eligible for the last Prosser Trophy Berth. While St. Mary's was able to come up with the win over Washington College KP lost to both St. Mary's and Washington College. After a KP vs Washington College protest was heard and disallowed that left Washington College with 1 loss and KP with 4 after 2 round robins and heading to the final four KP could only tie Washington College at best but would lose on a tie breaker of Washington college beating KP twice. KP beat Georgetown in the final four but lost to St. Mary's and Washington College to finish 9 and 6 overall

St. Marys ultimately went on to win the regatta with a 14-1 record, Washington College second at 13-2 and taking the last berth to the Prosser Trophy, KP third at 9-6, Georgetown fourth. Competing for the Mariners was Chris Alexander '08 and Sara Mock '10, Aaron Thompson and Allison Davis '08, James Givens '08 and Alyssa Montague '10, and Brett Baker '10 and Eric Lowe '08 substituting in. Conditions were nice team racing breeze with a steady 5-10 knot from various directions but a bit lighter at times.

14 March 2008

100% Pass rate for Waterfront Engineers

On Tuesday the Regimental Waterfront Officer,M/N Spencer Johnson, finished his USCG 100 Ton Masters License, joining Brian Giorgio, Pat Gerometta, Evan Denholm, and Nick Sullivan as the first class of waterfront engineers to graduate with deck licenses.


11 March 2008

Kings Point Rowing Spring Break Report

Varsity Rowing has returned from spring training in Jacksonville and is ready to start racing. “It was a great week of training for the team. We did three workouts a day and the team made tremendous strides in preparing for the race season” Coach Derek Hartwick commented.
Most college teams head south for better rowing weather during the early weeks of the season since the conditions in the northeast are not ideal for rowing. The Kings Point rowers were kept busy with two rows a day and an additional gym workout of lifting weights combined with aerobic conditioning. While in Jacksonville, the team did some wet training at the damage control trainer on the Mayport Naval Base. They all got wet but everyone survived the training unscathed and better prepared to handle adverse conditions while at sea.
The team received plenty of support from the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter and the local parents of Midshipman and the Florida Parents Association. The team was treated to lunches and dinners and a movie and bowling night. “We were treated very well. We feel right at home in Jacksonville. We are especially excited because we have our new assistant coach on board to help the team. Daniel Udeanu is a former Romanian Nation Team member and has plenty of international rowing experience to contribute to the team.” said Coach Hartwick.

The team kicks off the season at the Murphy Cup Regatta in Philadelphia on March 29.
The races continue through mid-May when the team will compete in the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta.

Kings Pointer Visits Philadelphia and Baltimore on Spring Break Trip

T/V Kings Pointer at Penns Landing, Philadelphia
The Kings Pointer Returned Sunday from her spring break training trip. The ship visited Philadelphia and Baltimore with 30 Midshipman aboard, hosting visitors and Alumni receptions in each port. With transits of the East River, New York Harbor, Delaware Bay, the C & D Canal, Philadelphia and Baltimore harbors there was plenty of navigation, ship handling, and docking practice for the Midshipman.

Transiting the C & D Canal / Midshipmen at the controls

07 March 2008

Jacksonville Crew Update / Videos from Miami

Last night I had the honor to join the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter in hosting a dinner for the Kings Point Rowing Team. The Chapter donated lots of time and money over the week to make the teams training week successful. It was great to see such Alumni and Parent support for our teams and our waterfront.

Check out the latest updates to our offshore team racing in Miami-

Video from Gary Jobson


03 March 2008

Hardesty wins Jaguar Cup

Bill Hardesty KP '98 decisively won the Etchells Jaguar Florida Midwinters in Miami this weekend. Topping the 81 boat fleet, Hardesty was 47 points ahead of the second place finisher. Other Kings Pointers in the Regatta include-
8th place- Tom Lihan
14th place- Allan Terhune