What is College Sailing?

• We have two seasons, one in the fall and one in the spring

• There is a co-ed team and a women’s team. Any combination of men and women can sail in co-ed events; only women can sail in women’s events. Our two teams practice together, and we presently have about 40 sailors on our roster.

• We compete in four different types of boats:

  • 420s – two people per boat (we have 18)
  • FJs – two people per boat     (we have 18
  • Lasers – one person per boat (we have 8)
  • Sloops – typically 3-4 people per boat (we have 10 J/22’s used primarily in our Sailing Association)

• The techniques used to make each type of boat go fast is quite unique; therefore practicing in the type of boat that will be raced is critical.

• Approximately 90% of our practices and competition are in 420s and FJs with two people per boat and 90% of the schools around the country compete in these boats as well.

• There are currently 6 different National championship disciplines held annually:

  • Men’s Singlehanded Nationals – held in the fall in Lasers (in the fall 2012 C of C placed 1st)
  • Women’s Singlehanded Nationals – held in the fall in Lasers
  • Sloop Nationals – held in the fall in sloops similar to our J/22’s- now match racing     where one on one racing takes place. (in the fall of 2010 C of C was 5th)
  • Women’s Dinghy National Championship – held in late-May in either 420s or FJs (in spring 2011 C of C was 14th)
  • Team Racing National Championship – held in late-May in either 420s or FJs. Team racing consists of three boats from one team versus three boats from the other team (6 people on each team). The team with the best combined score as a team wins. Events are usually a round-robin format followed by a final-four. (in spring 2011 C of C was 3rd)
  • Co-ed Dinghy National Championship – held in late-May in either 420s or FJs; this event is considered the true national (in spring 2011 C of C was 7th)

The Fowle trophy is awarded annually to the best overall collegiate sailing team. This is determined by points, accumulated at the 6 national championships. It’s the Sears Cup of sailing. (For the 2011/2012 season C of C was 1st overall).

 

• The majority of top sailing programs are located in New England and the mid-Atlantic; the current rankings are attached as a point of reference.

• Including National championships, we compete in 55-60 regattas every year, probably the school with the second most aggressive schedule- only Navy may sail more events. 8-10 of these are home events.

• To compete against the top teams we have to travel to many events throughout the country.

• Our governing body is the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association; our district within the ICSA is the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA)