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Foundry Sailing Center to host Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association regatta this weekend

November 17, 2017

Foundry Sailing Center to host Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association regatta this weekend

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Foundry Sailing Center on Columbus Road Peninsula in the Flats has enabled a last-minute change of venue for the championship regatta of the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association, which will be held Lake Erie off the Cleveland shoreline this weekend.

The nonprofit Foundry, which also operates a newly expanded and renovated rowing center at 1831 Columbus Rd., takes its name from a foundry that used to operate on the site.

The organization said that it agreed to provide a new location for the regatta after the collegiate association learned that Northwestern University could not host the event as planned.

The regatta will be based instead on Lake Erie at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island.

The Foundry said that roughly 125 sailors and their coaches representing 14 universities from across the Midwest will compete Saturday and Sunday in the Foundry’s fleet of two-person C420 sailboats.

“It’s a great opportunity for the Foundry and for dinghy sailing in Cleveland,” Sam Patterson, the Foundry’s director of sailing, said in the release.

“College sailing is one of the coolest parts of our sport, and I’m thrilled to get the chance to host an event for the MCSA this early in our program’s development,” he said.

This weekend’s event will be the first collegiate dinghy sailing regatta in Cleveland in modern history, and that it represents a major step forward in the redeveloping dinghy sailing on Lake Erie.

The event schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Nov. 18:

- 9:15 a.m. Competitors meeting

- 10 a.m. First start, racing throughout the day

Sunday, Nov. 19:

- 9:15 a.m. First warning

- 1 p.m. Racing ends

- Awards