Our dinghy sailing program offers access to competitively train in 420’s and FJ’s. The Varsity Sailors are treated like any other varsity team at the College with mandatory team workouts, practice and other varsity athlete responsibilities like maintaining an exceptional GPA. Sailors are expected to compete all year, both in the Fall and Spring seasons. Benefits include preferred status when registering for classes, academic support through the athletic department, access to personal trainers for fitness and injury and a fully funded travel and training budget. Our governing body is the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association; our district within the ICSA is the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA). Please email Head Coach Ward Cromwell or Director Kevin Jewett if you would like set up a visit and or learn more about the program. Those inquiring are encouraged to send a sailing resume with their correspondence.
While last spring clearly brought some disappointment for the class of 2020 I caught up with some of the 2020 grads in October and was so pleased to see how well they are doing in spite of the difficult year. All are positive and pursuing their path’s with intention and passion.
Restarting the program this fall has been a big effort. After a 212 day delay, which included a battery of testing and reams of paperwork, we finally had all of our t’s crossed and I’s dotted and were able to get back on the water. Rejoining us this year after an intense Olympic Campaign is Paris Henken. She’s brought great energy and maturity with her and it’s shown in practices. Coming back into college after a long break has been an adjustment, most of her original classmates have graduated, but she’s taken on leadership roles on and off the water. Jack Brown, Marian Williams and Noelle Owen are returning All Americans that are setting a high bar for the rest of the team.
Our incoming freshmen class is certainly a resilient bunch that is full of promise. Amongst the incoming class we have 3 National Champions, Kalea Woodard won HS Nationals as A Division crew for Pt Loma HS, Lucas Sawin won the Full Rig division at HS Nationals in 2019 and Max Anker won the US Youth Championships in the I420 class in 2017. In addition to these 13 others passionate players to the varsity roster as well as some really solid sailors on the Development Team.
The Offshore Team, having come off a Championship at last year’s Kennedy Cup has been working on passing down knowledge from one generation to the next. With many of our key members from the Kennedy Cup team already graduated or part of this year’s class it’s critical that we use this year wisely to maintain a strong base of corporate knowledge. Senior Team Captain Willy Comerford has been working hard to make sure this occurs. After bouncing back from a bout of Covid in September Willy has done a lot of work with Co Captain Caroline Williams to get the younger members of the team fully up to speed.
We’ve been meeting a lot more on Zoom and doing things a bit differently this fall but it’s been great to feel the intensity and hope our freshmen bring to the team. Interestingly with social distancing being so seriously adhered to on campus one of the most common goals we recorded this season was “Getting to know my team mates
Although competition wasn’t in the cards this fall we are hopeful that we can jump back into things in the Spring. There are plans in the works, to host Singlehanded and Dinghy National Championships in May. Competition leading up to the Nationals still needs to be settled but with promising news and the fact that the College is starting athletic competition in a couple weeks with the basketball teams it’s looking like we are going to be racing again this Spring.