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College Sailing: Fall Season Update

Published on October 18th, 2017

Chris Klevan provides this week’s update on activity in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).

The tightly contested Truxtun Umsted Regatta, held at the United States Naval Academy was won by #3 Georgetown. The 4-division regatta historically is one of the showcase regattas of the fall season. Georgetown’s win was a product of 2 stellar performances and 2 consistent finishes. Georgetown was the only team to score less than 130 points in all 4 divisions. As they say, it’s all about the average.

The effort was led by the Hoya Senior, Jack Marshall who, with only 65 points, won the Laser Radial, D-Division. Mr. Marshall showed elite ability, finishing with 6 top-3 finishes in the 13 races. His first place finish this weekend came only a week removed from a disappointing and controversial ending to the senior’s collegiate campaign in the laser full-rig.

Young-gun, Sean Segerblom ‘20 and veteran, Meaghan MacRae ‘18 finished second in A-Division, 2 points behind Charles Lomax ‘18 and Vincent Storino ‘18 of Kings Point. Both boats were impressive, but despite a slower start by the young Hoya boat, Segerblom and MacRae collected nothing outside the top-6 in the final 8 races of the regatta.

Gerald Williams ‘19 of Charleston won C-Division with 66 points, 5 points ahead of freshman Carrson Pearce from Kings Point.

Hector Guzman ‘20 with Maya Weber ‘20 of #8 Hobart and William Smith Colleges won B-Division with 56 points, 12 points ahead of Peter Hogan ‘18 and Kelly Milliken ‘21 of Navy. The sophomore division winner was part of a HWS team that, while finishing 2nd overall with 385 points (24 points behind Georgetown), won both double-handed divisions present at the regatta.


The Yale Women’s Interconference at Yale University was won by #2 Coast Guard. The most competitive women’s regatta thus far this fall season, the Yale Women’s featured many of the league’s top women sailors. New England Women’s Sailors of the Week, Dana Rohde ‘18 and Maddie Ekin ‘20 were the driving force behind the victory in finishing with 33 points after 13 races.

The Bears’ A-Division boat sailed well in the inconsistent breeze on Saturday but caught fire as the breeze and the waves clicked up on Sunday. The Bears’ tandem won 6 of the 8 races sailed on Sunday. Rohde and Ekin’s two blemishes on the final day were both 3rd place finishes. It was a truly impressive performance, winning A-Division by 42 points, a spread that came solely from the dominant sailing on Sunday.

Junior Madelynn Widmeier and Christina Nothacker ‘21 were solid in B-Division for the Bears delivering a 5th place finish with only 2 races outside the top-10. Together, the Bear’s women’s team won the event with 114 points in 26 total races, enough to edge #9 Brown by 8 points and #7 Dartmouth College by 12. The three New England front-runners sailed extremely well and distanced themselves from the rest of the field.

Dartmouth University’s Audrey Giblin ‘20 and Sophia Diserio ‘18 were as impressive in B-Division as Rohde and Ekin were in A-Division. The Big Green ladies finished the event with 34 points after 13 races. After the variable breeze on Saturday settled in, the Dartmouth B-Division boat was almost untouchable. In the final 9 races of the regatta, Giblin and Diserio had no races outside the top-4 and won 5 of 9 races. Dartmouth finished 3rd overall with 126 points.


The New England Match Race Championship was won by #4 Boston College. The Eagles defeated the Bowdoin Polar Bears 2-1 in the best of 3 series. Both Bowdoin and BC advance to the Intercollegiate Match Race National Championship held in Charleston, South Carolina November, 10-12. Congratulations to both teams and good luck!

In the Southeastern Conference, the Match Race championship culminated in a win and the lone qualifying berth for the Texas A&M University at Galveston.


Korbin Kierstead ‘19, Charlie Kutschenreuter ‘19 from University of Wisconsin and and Mason Wolters ‘18 from University of Michigan qualified for the Intercollegiate Singlehanded National Championship. Representing the Midwest, these three sailors join those already qualified at the National Championship held in St. Petersberg, Florida, November 3-5.

Michigan State’s Rachel Rantanen ‘19 and Lane Tobin ‘18 from University of Michigan qualify for the Women’s Singlehanded National Championship. The 3 boat regatta produced the best 2 laser radials from the Midwestern Conference.


The Captain Hurst Bowl held at Dartmouth College was won by #2 Yale University. A regatta that traditionally portrays the spirit of autumn racing in New England, The Captain Hurst showcased a full range of conditions.

Winning A-Division was HWS’s Charles ‘19 Miller and Lindsey Kloc ‘19 with 43 points after 9 races sailed. Not only is this notable because A-Division at the Hurst was extremely competitive, featuring a fleet rivaled only by A-Division at the Truxt, but Hobart and William Smith Colleges also won B-Division and 3rd in A-Division at the Truxt, the three major coed doublehanded divisions on the weekend.

College Sailor of the Year hopefully, Nicholas Baird, of Yale, finished 4th in A-Division. Yale’s victory was largely due to the depth they were able to send north to the 3-division Hurst. Malcolm Lamphere ‘18 and Sonia Lingos-Utley ‘21 of Yale won B-Division handily with a dominant 30 points in 9 races. Nicolas Hernandez ‘19 and Caroline Colwell ‘18 of Yale won C-Division.

Background: The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. There are seven Conferences that schedule and administer regattas within their established geographic regions, with ICSA hosting two national championships in the fall (singlehanded, match racing) and three national championships in the spring (team, women’s, coed).

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