The Old Dominion Co-Ed sailing comes into this season ranked 9, in a preseason poll conducted by SailingWorld.com. This ranking comes after the Monarchs finished 9 in the Dinghy National Championships. Longtime head coach, Mitch Brinkley and his team are looking carry that momentum into the upcoming year.
“Those championships were great opportunities for our younger guys to get some experience in that kind of atmosphere,” Brindley said.
Brindley is very happy with the direction in which his team is heading.
“Despite our youth we really performed well at the end of last season and I think we surprised a lot of people,”
This year’s team is a little more experienced than the previous with many key starters returning. Sophomores Estaben Forerr and Joe David will play key roles in the team’s success after excelling in their first year. Also returning on the Men’s side is Junior Brady Stagg who missed all of last season with an injury
For the women’s side there is a little more veteran leadership available. Sailors will look to key starters, Julia Wisiner and Corrinna Radtke as they look to add to their already very successful careers here at Old Dominion.
“We are very lucky to have as many seniors as we do and it has been a pleasure to see these kids improve so much and it is certainly nice to have a lot of experience,” Brinkley said.
Brinkley, who is entering his 19-year as head coach knows that with even a strong preseason ranking there are still improvements to be made.
“Our race course tactics can always improve, that is something we will always be working on. With a more experienced squad we can also learn to take a few more risks while we are out there,” he said
The season will begin for the Monarchs on September 14, as they will be hosting the Riley cup here in Norfolk
“This a very hard working group, this is a very smart group as long as we focus on getting the basic components right the results will take care of themselves,”