The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) recently acknowledged the contributions of five individuals to the sport of college sailing by inducting them into the ICSA Hall of Fame. Austin Dias (San Diego, Calif.) received the Student Leadership Award; Joe Kirk (West Falmouth, Mass.) was honored with the Lifetime Service Award; Bryan McDonald (Monte Sereno, Calif.) received Outstanding Contribution/Volunteer; and Michael Segerblom (Costa Mesa, Calif.) was recognized with the Graham Hall Award for Outstanding Service by a College Sailing Professional.
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The Boston College Sailing Team has won the 2009 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship, successfully defending the title won a year ago on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, marking the third collegiate sailing national title the Eagles have won in school history.
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The Boston Fan Pier was the place to see and be seen this weekend as the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) held the semifinal rounds of its ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship. The ICSA National Championship Eastern Semifinals and the ICSA National Championship Western Semifinals, hosted, respectively, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University (both Cambridge, Mass.), were integrated into the North American stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), giving the 36 competing college teams an unforgettable experience. Between run-of-the-mill tourists, locals in-the-know and sailors drawn for the VOR spectacle, those who turned out to support their favorite school had plenty of company along the waterfront with its prime view of the racing on Boston’s Inner Harbor. Light air on day one and a wait for the wind to settle on day two meant each semifinal – teams were seeded into the Western or Eastern Semifinals based on their conference ranking – saw only eight races completed in both A and B Divisions.
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Larchmont, N.Y. – Just when it seemed the annual Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta couldn’t get any bigger, it breezed into Larchmont Yacht Club on Columbus Day Weekend to increase its participants from last year’s count of 235 college sailors to a whopping 318 and its borrowed-boat fleet from 31 to 36. In fact, the regatta has grown so much, with 29 different colleges and universities competing this year, that long-time host Larchmont Yacht Club officially joined forces with the event’s organizer, the Storm Trysail Club (STC), to run what has become the largest college sailing regatta in the country. (more…)
Norfolk, Virginia – Today, less than two weeks after clocks were set ahead to usher in Daylight Savings Time, the sun officially signaled the beginning of Spring. Those milestones on the calendar are irrelevant, however, to college sailors who have already passed the half-way mark of the spring sailing season which they hope will end in Newport, Rhode Island, at the 2008 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Championships.
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