SAISA Sailing

Conference Updates: Weeks 6 & 7

The past two weeks have been great for SAISA teams and the conference as a whole. We’ve seen strong performances from SAISA teams in big events out of conference, teams qualifying for SAISA Champs in both divisions, and new and younger SAISA teams participating and helping to grow our conference.


Photo (c) FSU Sailing

In week 6, SAISA held the final weekend of conference points events. From sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, SAISA South Points #4 saw light conditions matched by a determined race committee chaired by SAISA alumnus Kevin Reali, ESQ. With 14 squads on the water, the home team Eckerd College Tritons jumped out to an early lead and never looked back despite strong competition USF and Miami. With the regatta win, the Tritons secured first place in the South Division for the fall season jumping two spots over Jacksonville University and the University of Miami. Together with the Fins, Hurricanes, and Tritons, the Bulls of USF, the University of Florida Gators, and the Florida State Seminoles each qualified for SAISA Fall Co-ed Conference Championships. Here are the final standings for SAISA South.

In the north, teams descended upon Lake Lanier for SAISA North Points #4 hosted by Georgia Tech. Favorable conditions greeted sailors on Saturday morning and the Clemson University Tigers dialed in a wire-to-wire regatta win. A highlight of the Tigers’ win was the performance of Jenn Casey and Hannah Oswalt winning B-division and securing the Week 6 SAISA Sailors of the Week honor. In the battle for second, a close contest between the NC State Wolfpack and the host Georgia Tech Ramblin’ Wreck came down to the final race where the squad from Raleigh edged out the home team with a final race bullet. This regatta was a nice return to the water for the Hurricane Florence-impacted UNC-Wilmington Seahawks who finished their first regatta of the season in 4th. For the North division, the College of Charleston Cougars secure a berth to SAISA Fall Co-ed Conference Championships finishing the season first in the division, followed by the Clemson Tigers. With a 2nd place at North Points #4, NC State jumps two spots to finish 3rd in the division for the season followed by Univ. of South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia, all of whom qualified for Champs from the North Division. Here are the final standings for SAISA North.

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Photo (c) Rob Migliaccio

Week 6 was a busy one for SAISA teams traveling out of conference. In Providence, Brown University hosted the Showcase Women’s Finals where the College of Charleston and the University of South Florida competed against women’s teams from NEISA, MAISA, and PCCSC in cold and shifty conditions on the Providence River finishing 10th and 16th overall respectively. While just a few clicks north, Boston University hosted the Showcase Women’s Final B where SAISA’s Jacksonville University Fins and Eckerd College Tritons competed against NEISA, MAISA, SEISA, PCCSC and MCSA teams on the always-unpredictable Charles River. With a strong start, even leading the regatta, Jacksonville finished the event with a third-place podium finish followed by Eckerd in 11th.

Photo (c) NC State Sailing

In MAISA territory, the College of Charleston competed in the inaugural Oyster Bowl Regatta at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where the Cougars won both divisions of this regatta sailed in two separate combined fleets. Just down the road in Newport News, Virginia, NC State competed in the Webb Trophy Regatta hosted by Christopher Newport University where the Wolfpack finished 5th overall in this combined fleet regatta.

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Photo (c) USNA Offshore Sailing

In keelboat racing, the College of Charleston competed in the annual McMillan Cup Regatta at the US Naval Academy. Sailed in the beautiful Navy 44 yachts, the Cougars were the only non-military school in the competition and completed the two-day event in second place overall. Just a short distance up the Severn River, Navy also hosted their annual Small Keelboat Invitational where SAISA sailors from the University of Georgia and NC State raced Colgate 26s against teams from NEISA, MAISA, and MCSA finishing 8th and 10th overall respectively.

Week 7 was a relatively quiet weekend in-conference with only one event on the calendar, the Rollins College/SAISA Developmental Regatta. In it’s first year on the schedule, the host Rollins College Tars welcomed teams from across Florida to picturesque Lake Virginia including USF, New College of Florida, and Florida Tech. Even with light conditions, the event which is a part of a conference-wide initiative to provide more racing and learning opportunities for developing teams, was a success. With six races in each division, the USF Bulls secured a regatta victory followed by New College and the host Rollins Tars. A noteworthy 2nd in A-Division from the Florida Tech Panthers is a highlight for this young program. Thanks to Coach Herbster and Rollins College for putting on a great event. We look forward to seeing this regatta grow in years to come.

Out of conference, SAISA teams faced fierce competition in interconference action. In blustery New Haven, sailors from the College of Charleston and the University of Miami squared away against teams from both NEISA and SEISA at the Yale Women’s Regatta. Starting the regatta off right, the Cougars secured a bullet in the first race of the day in A-Fleet, and continued to remain near the front of the fleet for the remainder of the day finishing the event in third a point ahead of Harvard. Further along the leaderboard, the Hurricanes from the University of Miami, traveling more than 1,300 miles to reach New Haven, found themselves in a tight battle with the newest varsity program in college sailing, the Green Wave of Tulane. Gale force winds kept sailors off the water on Sunday cutting this event back to a one-day contest.

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Photo (c) Ken Legler

SAISA teams were also active in the weekend’s Showcase regattas, the Fiske-Harriman-Sleigh Trophy Coed Showcase at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the Truxtun Umsted Coed Showcase at the US Naval Academy. From the St. Marys River, the Jacksonville University Fins and College of Charleston Cougars faced off against teams from MAISA and NEISA. In A-fleet, Cougar sailor Augie Dale and crews Katherine Lounsbury, Carter Cameron, and Oliver Parsons shredded the gnar to a first-place division win over the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College. Waves and spray also greeted the Jacksonville Fins who, like many of the teams facing the windy conditions, took advantage of a deep bench to get several of their sailors into the mix.

Just up the Chesapeake Bay to the Severn River in Annapolis, the Eckerd College Tritons and the USF Bulls faced teams from MAISA, NEISA, and MCISA at the annual Truxton Umstead Regatta, now a co-ed Showcase event. In great racing conditions, Eckerd’s Raz Sayre, Camryn Kennedy, and Liam Farese dialed in a strong showing in A-fleet placing second overall including leading the division for much of the regatta. USF women’s skipper Marina Barzaghi and veteran crew Darby Capellin kept the Bulls in the mix with low finishes and a bullet in the fifth race of the day. With the completion of the Trux, the inaugural Showcase series draws to a close.

Conference Updates: Weeks 4 & 5

Week 4 & 5 Updates:

The past few weeks in SAISA have been busy and we’ve seen our teams doing well both in conference and at national events.

On Weekend 4 light winds made for challenging conditions on the St. Johns River for South Points #3 where the home-team Jacksonville Fins earned a regatta win leading both divisions followed by the Eckerd Tritons and the USF Bulls. This regatta was also the first of the season for the University of North Florida Ospreys. It’s great to see new teams active in the conference. Light conditions also plagued North Points #3 on Lake Murray where the College of Charleston Cougars earned their second conference win followed by the host USC Gamecocks. An A-fleet win by the NC State Wolfpack helped to secure the final podium spot for the event.

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Photo (c) Gamecocks Sailing

Going into the weekend, Jacksonville leads the South and the College of Charleston leads the North. Full standings are available online (North | South). The conference fleet racing regular season draws to a close this coming weekend with South Points #4 at Eckerd College and North Points #4 at Georgia Tech.

On Saturday, September 29th, seven SAISA teams traveled to St. Petersburg to compete in the SAISA Match Race Conference Championships hosted by St Petersburg Yacht Club, the St Petersburg Sailing Center and University of South Florida in the always-sporty J/70 fleet. Following two close rounds of competition, the College of Charleston and Jacksonville University earned berths to the ICSA Match Racing National Championships to be held at Balboa YC later this year. This is a return to nationals for the Cougars, but will be the first appearance for the Fins at Nationals in program history. Congrats to both teams!


Photo (c) Jacksonville University Sailing

In inter-conference action, SAISA women’s teams traveled north to compete in the first round of ICSA Showcase Regattas. At the Jen Harris Women’s Regatta hosted by Navy, Charleston and Jacksonville carried the conference banner and Cougars Alie Toppa and Annabel Carrington ran away with the A-division win earning SAISA Sailors of the Week honors for their performance. At St. Mary’s Women’s Showcase event, USF and Eckerd College competed on behalf of the conference with the Bulls.

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Photo (c) St. Mary’s College

Charleston also traveled to New London to race at the 2018 Danmark Trophy Regatta. In Raleigh, SAISA and MAISA teams gathered for the 2018 SAISA-MAISA Women’s Regatta hosted by NC State where the USF Lady Bulls, USC Gamecocks, and the Duke Blue Devils secured a SAISA podium sweep.

On Weekend 5, co-ed teams began Showcase competition with Charleston and USF representing SAISA at the Showcase A Regatta hosted by MIT, and Jacksonville and Eckerd racing at the Harvard Showcase Regatta just a few clicks up the Charles River. Women’s inter-conference action continued on the Thames River at the Stu Nelson Regatta hosted by Connecticut College where the College of Charleston, USF, and Eckerd College faced fierce competition from NEISA’s top women’s sailors. Cougars Toppa and Carrington once again showed their mettle with an A-Division win earning their second consecutive selection as SAISA Sailors of the Week.

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Photo (c) Storm Trysail IOR

In keelboat racing, Vanderbilt, the College of Charleston, NC State and USF traveled to Larchmont, New York, to compete in the 2018 Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta against nearly 50 collegiate squads across six classes. Taking line honors in the J/105 fleet, as well as the overall regatta win, the College of Charleston Cougars delivered a picket fence scoreboard with their helm William Comerford earning co-ed SAISA Sailor of the Week honors. Right behind the Cougars in the J/105 fleet, the Vanderbilt Commodores finished second in a very competitive class led by their team captain and SAISA Women’s Sailor of the Week Katie Lawless. In the J/109 fleet, NC State earned second place class honors with the strongest keelboat performance for this young but enthusiastic offshore program. SAISA keelboat teams return to competition this coming weekend at the McMillan Cup and the Navy Small Keelboat Invitational both hosted in Annapolis, Maryland.

Conference Updates: Weeks 2 & 3

Conference Results from Weeks 2 & 3

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Photo (c) Jacksonville University Sailing

In conference results, congratulations to Jacksonville University sailor Charlotte Rose on her win at SAISA Women’s Singlehanded, as well as to College of Charleston sailors Kelly-Ann Arrindell and Marian Frances Williams who rounded out the top of the fleet, all qualifying for ICSA Women’s Singlehanded Nationals. In the men’s singlehanded concentration, congratulations to College of Charleston sailor Gerald Williams for a strong showing and win at SAISA Men’s Singlehanded, along with fellow Cougar Malcolm Benn Smith and Jacksonville University’s Jack Gower on their podium finishes and qualification to compete and represent SAISA at ICSA Men’s Singlehanded Nationals.

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Photo (c) Univ. of Miami Sailing Club

In doublehanded action, bravo to the University of Miami for a win in South Points #2 at home fighting off a late challenge by JU.


Photo (c) Chenard Visuals

From North Points #2 relocated to Clemson, nice work to the College of Charleston for the win.

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photo (c) Tulane Sports Information

Also, bravo to SAISA teams who traveled out of conference this weekend past and competed including a strong showing by Jacksonville University and the University of South Florida at the All-State Sugar Bowl Regatta placing second and third respectively.