About the SAISA Sailors of the Week
Each week of the season, we’ll recognize outstanding performances by sailors across SAISA, as well as by SAISA sailors in competition out of conference. The selection process includes a nomination period each week ending on Sunday. A committee of SAISA coaches from both divisions selects sailors from the nominations received and will announce the SAISA Sailors of the Week early each week following the close of the nomination period. If you’d like to submit a nomination, email the sailor’s name, school, position, and what events or circumstances they demonstrated outstanding performance to SAISAsotw@gmail.com. Nominations close on Sunday at midnight EST and selections will be based on performances for the preceding week and that weekend. Selection categories may include co-ed skipper, co-ed crew, women’s skipper, women’s crew. Pairings or individual sailors may be nominated or selected.
2019 – Week 6
RALEIGH, N.C., March 12, 2019 – Weekend 6 was a busy one for SAISA teams competing in seven different regattas across the spectrum from co-ed and women’s fleet racing in the mid-Atlantic and southeast to team racing in New England to keelboat racing in southern California. With so many teams and sailors on the water, there were numerous Sailors of the Week nominations making this week’s selection challenging. In co-ed fleet racing, the annual Charleston Spring Intersectional was especially competitive this year with teams from all over the nation descending on the South Carolina Lowcountry for sailing in excellent conditions. With current ripping as usual, smart sailing paid off for teams adapting early and Jacksonville University sailors Alfonso Garcia Bringas and Ana Carrasco set the pace for A-Division from the very beginning. Earning a win in nearly half the races on the day, Garcia Bringas and Carrasco dialed in seven bullets on the day and numerous other podium finishes throughout the regatta. Their performance secured the SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the Week nod, and together with a Fins’ win in B-Division, earned Jacksonville University the regatta win.
At the high-profile Navy Spring Women’s Regatta, some of the best female sailors in the country hit the water in Annapolis. Early in the regatta neck in neck with squads from MIT and Yale, the College of Charleston Cougars A-Division boat of Alie Toppa and Annabelle Carrington soon pulled ahead, secured the division lead by the sixth race of the regatta and never let go. With only two races outside of the top 4, Toppa and Carrington keep pace with their outstanding performances in the fall fleet racing season earning the Week 6 SAISA Women’s Sailors of the Week. Overall, the College of Charleston finished the regatta in second overall on the strength of their A-Division win and a competitive finish in B-Division. Toppa and Carrington have proven to be one of the Cougars’ most successful parings this season and this week’s award builds on four SOTW awards earned in the fall semester.
Although outside the norm for the SAISA Sailors of the Week, this week SAISA recognizes the performance of the College of Charleston Offshore Team and awards the big boat Cougar squad SAISA Sailors of the Week honors for their win at the 2019 Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta. Led by skipper Jordan Wiggins, the Cougar team of Willy Comerford, Burke Anvari, Emily Essi, Emily Potter, Graham Post, Sam Tobio, and William Hundahl grabbed the regatta lead by the 4th race of the weekend and held fast for the remainder of the weekend fending off a late charge by the Cal Maritime Keelhaulers. With the win, the Cougars bring the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup back to SAISA for the first time since their 2016 regatta win.
2019 – Week 5
RALEIGH, N.C., March 8, 2019 – SAISA teams competed in a strong slate of regattas this past weekend including two of the top three intersectionals hosted in SAISA with the Bob Bavier Team Race at Charleston and the Eckerd Interconference in St. Petersburg. Several SAISA teams had women racing at the ODU Women’s Interconference in Norfolk, and points events in both North and South rounded out the week 5 calendar. For this week’s SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the Week we received several nominations including some new names and faces. At the top of the ticket was the strong performance of sailors Leah Harper and Katie DeLisser of the University of Miami Hurricanes at the Eckerd Interconference. This all-female pair placed third overall in A-division just a few points out of 2nd, and throughout the day Harper and DeLisser were in the mix at the front of the fleet. With two bullets on the day and solid finishes otherwise, the Miami sailors helped their team secure fifth place overall in the competitive regatta.
Sailing in what could be described as a completely different season than the one being experienced in St. Petersburg, cold and rainy conditions greeted sailors to the ODU Women’s in Norfolk. Building on their SOTW performance in week 4, College of Charleston Cougars Marian Williams and Elizabeth Mignon once again earn SAISA Women’s Sailors of the Week winning A division by ten points and leading a Cougar comeback with a string of bullets mid-regatta propelling Charleston into a fierce three-way battle with the Naval Academy and fellow SAISA sailors Charlotte Rose and GiGi Arias of Jacksonville University for tops in A-division. Williams and Mignon’s contribution also helped the College of Charleston secure the overall regatta win, their first Women’s interconference win since the 2018 Sperry Women’s Western Semifinal last May.
2019 – Week 4
RALEIGH, N.C., FEBRUARY 26, 2019 – Team racing and women’s sailing take center stage with this week’s SAISA Sailors of the Week nominations with squads from both SAISA North and South taking on team race competitors from other conferences at the Frank I. Mendelblatt Team Race regatta hosted by Eckerd College, and the Phebe Corkran King Women’s regatta at the College of Charleston. In St. Petersburg, several titans of team racing squared off in close competition. After a challenging start in Round 1, the host Tritons went on a tear in rounds 2 and 3 with wins over crosstown rivals USF, and avenged first round losses against SAISA rivals Charleston and Jacksonville. For their efforts leading the Tritons’ surge to within reach of the regatta win, Raz Sayre and Camryn Kennedy earn recognition as this week’s SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the Week.
In women’s sailing, several SAISA teams competed at the Phebe Corkran King Women’s regatta at the College of Charleston where cooler temperatures and moderate breeze welcomed sailors at the mouth of the Wando River. With initial racing in the shadow of the USS Yorktown, Charleston’s Marian Williams and Elizabeth Mignon earned their first bullet of the day in race three and never looked back from there, leading the division for the remainder of the regatta. Williams and Mignon together delivered four first place finishes on the day while defeating their nearest competitor, the Stanford Cardinal, by nine points, earning this week’s SAISA Women’s Sailors of the Week honors.
2019 – Week 3
RALEIGH, N.C., FEBRUARY 23, 2019 – Week three marks the beginning of conference points competition in SAISA with the SAISA Spring Co-ed Open hosted in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Conditions at the Open were excellent with temperatures in the high 70s, consistent, building breeze between 10-15 kts both days, and there are few places in college sailing better to spend an early February weekend than the Eckerd College beach. From the first race of the day, College of Charleston Cougars Will Martens and Keely Gregg set the pace for the day dialing in a bullet and then continuing to lead a very competitive A-fleet through the remainder of the regatta. Fending off a late surge by the host Tritons, winning their division by 10, Martens and Gregg earn SAISA Co-ed Sailors of the Week honors for week three. There were several outstanding performances at this year’s SAISA Spring Open and it stands as one of the most close and competitive SAISA Open regattas in the past few years. Thanks to each of you who submitted nominations this week.
Across town at USF, several SAISA teams were in the mix at the USF Women’s Spring Intersectional regatta, as well as teams from the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Pacific coast. Picking up where she left off in the Fall, USF skipper Marina Barzaghi found her place at the front of the combined fleet event and stayed there throughout the day consistently. Her showing with crews Darby Capelin, Shani Scwartz, and Samantha Kappaz, secured a first place A-division, helped the USF Bulls earn the regatta win, and earned Barzaghi SAISA Women’s Sailor of the Week honors.
2019 – Week 2
RALEIGH, N.C., FEBRUARY 22, 2019 – Although officially week 2, the first weekend of college sailing in SAISA offered a nice runway into the spring season with just a few events on the calendar. Attending their first out of conference regatta in a few years, the revitalized Tars of Rollins College delivered a strong showing on behalf of SAISA at the Harris Kempner Memorial Regatta hosted by Texas A&M Galveston. Led by a dominant performance in B-fleet by the first 2019 SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the week, skipper Teagan Walsh, and crews Corinne Keogh and Cooper Anderson, Rollins College earned a 14-point win in B-division, outpacing the Texas Longhorns, as well as other teams from SEISA including host TAMUG. Walsh, Keogh, and Anderson marked the outstanding performance for SAISA sailors with no race finish worse than 4th, an average of 2.1 on the day and 4 bullets in route to the division and regatta win. Congratulations Teagan, Corinne, and Cooper.
2018 – Week 10
RALEIGH, N.C., NOVEMBER 13, 2018 – Weekend 10 was relatively quiet in college sailing with only a few events on the schedule, but that didn’t keep SAISA sailors from delivering some impressive performances on the water. Sunny skies, mild temperatures and sustained 10-15 mph winds welcomed teams and sailors from SAISA and MAISA to coastal Oriental, North Carolina on Saturday for the StormPack Hurricane Relief Regatta and Community Clean-up.
Racing in a combined fleet, NC State’s skipper Scott Harris and crew Conor Murphy quickly secured the regatta lead and held on for the remainder of the day. The Wolfpack pair delivered a dominant showing, scoring just 10 points in 9 races and earning this week’s SAISA Co-Ed Sailors of the Week honors. A first-race, second-place finish was the only blemish on what would have been a picket fence day for the home team pairing. Harris and Murphy were also commended in this week’s nominations for sportsmanship, fielding questions from some newer competitors who found themselves at the back of the large fleet throughout the day. Harris and Murphy’s performance helped NC State secure the final podium spot for the event.
With no dedicated women’s sailing events on the weekend, we turn to the performance of SAISA women at the co-ed StormPack Hurricane Relief Regatta where University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill sailor Ann Burns Morrison earned this week’s SAISA Women’s Sailor of the Week. Morrison, and teammate Matthew Chenard, finished second overall in the competitive 18-boat combined fleet. A highlight of the day for Morrison and Chenard included a late surge of three final race finishes of 3-2-4 with Morrison at the helm helping to push the Tar Heels in front of William & Mary and rivals NC State and securing the overall regatta win for UNC. Morrison, vice-president of the UNC club, was also commended in the nomination for her efforts to organize her team and prepare them to put forth a competitive effort in the regatta.
2018 – Week 9
RALEIGH, N.C., NOVEMBER 7, 2018 – Weekend 9 is National Championship weekend for three key concentrations in college sailing, men’s singlehand, women’s singlehand, and offshore. Great conditions and big waves greeted Laser sailors on Lake Michigan on Saturday, with Sunday bringing solid breeze and flat water to both the Women’s Singlehanded National Championships, and the Men’s Singlehanded National Championships, hosted in Holland, Michigan by Grand Valley State University and Hope College. After a 7-6-8 to start the event, Jacksonville University’s Charlotte Rose went on a tear at Women’s Singehanded Nationals and by the fifth race was tied for first, dialing in mostly ones and twos for the remainder of the regatta including a streak of firsts and seconds for the final six races of the regatta. Rose continued battling it out with Stanford’s Christina Sakellaris and Boston College’s Sophia Reineke for top spot on the day. Rose outperformed eventual regatta-winner Sakellaris 2:1 over the final six races in the event, but fell just one point short of the tiebreaker (which she would have won!). That showing definitely earned Rose several nominations and this week’s recognition as SAISA Women’s Sailor of the Week.
In co-ed sailing, SAISA men were racing Lasers on Lake Michigan and the College of Charleston offshore team was carrying the torch at the Kennedy Cup, however Cougars’ Gerald Williams earned this week’s co-ed Sailor of the Week with a strong showing at Men’s Singlehanded Nationals, also held in Holland, Michigan. Williams earned a strong 7th place overall finish with consistent improvement race to race, and several podium finishes in races throughout the two-day regatta.
2018 – Week 8
RALEIGH, N.C., OCTOBER 31, 2018 – Weekend 8 was Championship Weekend in SAISA with both Women’s and Co-Ed events on the calendar hosted on the St. Johns River by Jacksonville University. Saturday’s Women’s event tested sailors in some seriously gnarly conditions with wind, waves, and current, all ripping. In the Co-Ed event, raced late on Saturday afternoon and reconvened on Sunday, sailors faced lighter, shiftier breeze while the aggressive current remained a major factor. Through their performance in both the Women’s and Co-Ed championship regattas, the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association recognizes Alie Toppa and Annabel Carrington of the College of Charleston, and Marina Barzaghi and Darby Capellin of the University of South Florida as the Week 8 Sailors of the Week for both Women’s and Co-Ed competition. These talented sailors finished Women’s Champs 1-2 in the A-division helping their teams to an overall podium finish for the event in first and third place respectively. The two squads also earned bullets in 8 of the 10 races held in the division.
After a full day of racing in Women’s, the pairs of Toppa and Carrington, and Barzaghi and Capellin kept their strong performance going in B-division of the Co-Ed Championships regatta. The two pairs finished yet again 1st and 2nd for the event, combining for bullets on more than half the races held in their division throughout the event. They averaged 2nd and 4th place on the day and had no finishes above 4th or 7th respectively throughout the regatta. Their strong performance in Co-Ed helped the College of Charleston and the University of South Florida finish the regatta yet again on the podium with first and third place overall respectively for the event. Both Toppa and Carrington, and Barzaghi and Capellin were recognized earlier in the season as SAISA Sailors of the Week, as well.
2018 – Week 7
RALEIGH, N.C., OCTOBER 24, 2018 – It’s a Cougars’ sweep for SAISA Sailors of the Week. In week 7 of the fall sailing season, the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association recognizes co-ed sailor Augie Dale of the College of Charleston for his outstanding performance at the Fiske-Harriman-Sleigh Trophy Coed Showcase Regatta hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. With a strong start in blustery conditions, Dale and crews Katherine Lounsbury, Carter Cameron, and Oliver Parsons held the A-division lead for all but three races and won the division overall by 7 points over the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College. Dale finished 8 of the regatta’s 18 races with a first place bullet. Dale and crew’s win in A-fleet helped the College of Charleston Cougars secure an overall 7th place finish for the last of the fall season’s Showcase regattas.
In Women’s sailing, the Sailors of the Week nominations and recognition once again find Alie Toppa and Annabel Carrington of the College of Charleston delivering the strongest performance of the weekend at Yale Women’s. Big breeze and waves were no match for the Cougars who finished 2nd in the division and took 3rd in the regatta overall, besting teams from NEISA, SAISA, and SEISA. Carrying or sharing the division lead for most of the day, Toppa and Carrington returned to SOTW status on the strength of their Saturday sailing as races on Sunday were called off due to gale force winds and gusts over 40 knots on Long Island Sound.
2018 – Week 6
RALEIGH, N.C., OCTOBER 17, 2018 – The South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association recognizes co-ed sailors Cameron Douglas and Camryn Kennedy of Eckerd College for their outstanding performance at SAISA South Points #4 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Douglas, captain of the Eckerd College Tritons and Kennedy worked hard to make the best of light conditions and delivered a wire-to-wire A-fleet division win for the home team. Together with a second-place finish in B-fleet, the pair secured the regatta win and vaulted the Tritons to first in SAISA South over both Jacksonville and Miami for the top spot.
In women’s sailing, Clemson University sailors Jenn Casey and Hannah Oswalt won the B-fleet division at SAISA North Points #4 hosted by Georgia Tech on Lake Lanier. With three race wins and no finishes greater than 2nd for the entire event, Casey and Oswalt delivered the low-score for any pairing in either division and contributed to the wire-to-wire regatta win for the Tigers. With the solid finish and regatta win, Clemson earned 2nd overall place in SAISA North for the fall season and qualified for SAISA Conference Championships.
Congratulations to all of the teams who qualified for SAISA Conference Championships: SAISA North: College of Charleston, Clemson Univ., NC State Univ., Univ. of South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and the Univ. of Georgia. In SAISA South: Eckerd College, Jacksonville Univ., Univ. of Miami, Univ. of South Florida, Univ. of Florida, and Florida State Univ.
2018 – Week 5
RALEIGH, N.C., OCTOBER 9, 2018 – This week’s outstanding performance by South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association sailors is a case of déjà vu as we witnessed another dominant performance from College of Charleston sailors Alie Toppa and Annabel Carrington, who were named SAISA Week 4 Sailors of the Week. This week, the pair was nominated and selected for winning the A-fleet division at the Stu Nelson Women’s Showcase Regatta hosted by Connecticut College. Toppa and Carrington finished the regatta with a 13 point lead over Yale. The Cougars’ experience and acumen in current proved beneficial in a strong Thames River ebbing tide and their A-division win helped propel the College of Charleston to second place overall in the regatta.
In co-ed sailing, SAISA recognizes College of Charleston offshore sailor William Comerford who led his team to a five-race “picket fence” win in the J/105 class of the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta held at Larchmont, NY this past weekend. With Comerford at the helm, the Cougars team of Key Becker, William Hundahl, Graham Post, Frances Schulte, and Samuel Tobio secured the lead and went wire-to-wire to win their class and deliver the best performance of any of the nearly 50 collegiate teams in the competition across six one-design and PHRF divisions.
This week, SAISA would also like to recognize women’s sailor Katie Lawless of Vanderbilt University. Lawless, a Larchmont, New York native, skippered the aptly-named Commodores to a second-place finish in the very competitive J/105 class at the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. With local knowledge and experience in both keelboat and dinghy racing, the Vanderbilt team captain kept her squad in the mix and delivered improving finishes throughout the event as well as a five-point lead over third-placed Webb Institute. Together with teammates Blake Andreou, William Franke, Chris Keller, Maddi Nystrom, and Harrison Vandervort, Lawless continues to strengthen Vanderbilt’s presence in collegiate offshore racing.
2018 – Week 4
RALEIGH, N.C., OCTOBER 2, 2018 – The South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association recognizes co-ed sailor Alfonso Garcia Bringas of Jacksonville University for an outstanding performance at the helm during this past weekend’s SAISA Match Racing Conference Championship Regatta. Together with Jacksonville teammates Andre Guaragna, Telmo Basterra, and Ana Carrasco, Bringas completed the first and second round with wins over fellow SAISA South division rivals Florida State, U. Miami, Univ. of South Florida, and Eckerd College, as well as SAISA North’s Vanderbilt. Sailed in J/70s and hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the St Petersburg Sailing Center and University of South Florida, this year’s event was especially competitive in challenging, light conditions. Finishing with a 7/2 record, Bringas led the Fins to qualify for ICSA Match Race National Championships for the first time in program history. They will be joined by the College of Charleston, representing SAISA on November 1-3, 2018 hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, Massachusetts.
In women’s college sailing, SAISA recognizes the pair of skipper Alie Toppa and crew Annabel Carrington of the College of Charleston. Competing in the first women’s showcase of the fall season, the Jen Harris Women’s Showcase Regatta hosted by the United States Naval Academy, Toppa and Carrington were near the front of the fleet in what would be the best wind of the weekend early on Saturday, and as the breeze died down on the Severn River, they solidified their lead in a very talented and competitive A-fleet division. Over the course of the two-day regatta, Toppa and Carrington earned 4 race win bullets and no race finished higher than 6th for the event, winning their division by a comfortable 12 point lead. The Cougars finished the regatta in 5th overall.
2018 – Week 3
RALEIGH, N.C., SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 – The South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association recognizes Gerald Williams of the College of Charleston for his performance in this past weekend’s SAISA Singlehanded Conference Championship Regatta. After securing first place in the regatta after race 2, Williams continued to dominate delivering eight race wins and a score no lower than second throughout the day. Williams earned a berth to the 2018 Laser Performance College Sailing Singlehanded National Championships to be held November 2-4, 2018 in Holland, Michigan. Williams will be joined by his College of Charleston teammate Malcolm Benn Smith, and Jacksonville University sailor Jack Gower.
In Women’s sailing, SAISA recognizes the pair of skipper Marina Barzaghi and crew Darby Capellin of the University of South Florida. Together this dynamic pair participated in the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta hosted by Tulane Sailing and the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, Louisiana. With their strong showing, securing the low point total for a women’s competitor, as well as outstanding sportsmanship, Barzaghi and Capellin were also awarded the Rees Trophy awarded by the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee.