After a summer of rest, coaching gigs and internships, sailors return to their respective schools and look to the water, the 2017 ICSA Fall Season is upon us. With regattas starting in early September and ending in mid-November, spanning from coast to coast, the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) will sanction hundreds of regattas just this fall alone.
With so many quality regattas slated for the upcoming weeks, including singlehanded and match racing national championships, this Fall will prove to be an exciting one. All three fall national championships will be held in SAISA. The ICSA Match Racing National Championship will be held at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, host of last spring’s championships. The Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded Nationals will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida. These three national championships help set the tone for the season, coupled with a women’s and coed fleet racing season which culminates in the Coed and Women’s Atlantic Coast Championships, held at SUNY Maritime College in New York and Connecticut College in Connecticut College respectively.
Last fall, Georgetown University won the 2016 ICSA Match Race National Championship held in San Diego, California. Also known as the Cornelius Shields Jr. Trophy, the match racing championship was a hard fought one as the best of three series went to 3 races against MAISA rival, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Returning most of last year’s championship team (AJ Reiter graduated spring 2017), Georgetown will look to repeat as champions this fall.
Boston College stood as the victors of both the Men’s and the Women’s Singlehanded National Championships in 2016. 2020 grad, Scott Rasmussen and Senior, Erika Reineke won the two regattas, respectively. Ms. Reineke graduated last fall after winning the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the year.
MIT won the 2016 Coed Atlantic Coast Championship at home last fall and The United States Coast Guard Academy won the 2016 Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship held at College of Charleston. The Beavers of MIT should return both starters from last fall’s championship effort and will be looking strong for the fall 2017 campaign. The Coast Guard Bears graduated 2016 Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year, Nikole Barnes. Questions remain as to who will step forward as this year’s power in women’s sailing.