MCSA News

Showcase Semifinals display the nation’s best College Sailors; Women Interconference in between showcases
October 09, 2018

The Brown Bears have won the MIT side of the two-part Coed Showcase Semifinals, the qualifying regatta for the Showcase Finals to be sailed at St. Mary’s College in two weeks, October 20-21. The top-9 teams from the event will advance to the finals. Another 18 team regatta, held at Harvard, took place simultaneously to decide the other 9 team that will sail in the Showcase Finals.

According to Fran Charles, Sailing Master at MIT, “Light winds from the ENE to SE at 3-7 knots made for trickly, slow sailing on the Charles [Saturday]. The Brown Bears were extremely consistent with light and variable SW breeze which eventually clocked all the way into the NE today [Sunday].”

Match Racing in MAISA and SAISA; Women qualify and Interconference sailing in Coed; NWICSA fills their singlehanded slots
October 03, 2018

William Smith College won the Women's Showcase Semifinals at St. Mary’s College of Maryland decisively over second place MIT, 56 to 82 points respectively. William Smith, the third place finisher at last year’s Gill Women’s National Championship, is led by A-Division skipper and senior, Bailey Carter. Ms. Carter, who walked away with the regatta, winning A-Division by 30 points after 9 races, finished with 17 points. Carter, sailing primarily with a freshman, Sarah Smith, bested Isabella Loosbrock of Boston College and Louisa Nordstrong of Yale which puts Carter at the top of the extremely premature watchlist for this year’s Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year.

MAISA, SAISA and the PCCSC claim the final spots for the 2018 Laser Performance Singlehanded championship as double handed sailing heats up
September 25, 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Conference single handed championship, the Carl Van Duyne Trophy was held at the US Naval Academy in provided boats. The top five finishers of the 18 boat regatta would move on to sail the national championship in Michigan, November 2-4.

A freshman, Leo Boucher of St. Mary’s college took the event in the late stages of Sunday, edging Thomas McCann ‘22 of Georgetown and Charles Carraway ‘22 of Hobart. Boucher started slow with 23 points after the first 3 races. However, Mr. Boucher recovered impressively, finishing in the top-5 in 11 of the final 12 races sailed, including three first place finishes. Boucher finished with 51 points. McCann and Carraway finished with 55 and 56 respectively.

Laser Sailors Qualify for Nationals as Dinghy Sailing suffers from variable conditions.
September 18, 2018

As light and variable conditions were afflicting dinghy sailing on the east coast, sailors strong and determined enough to be proficient in the Laser Radial and Laser Full Rig classes had their sights set on a berth at two of College Sailing’s 6 National Championships. The two events, Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded Championships, hosted by Hope College and Grand Valley State University, will sail either in Macatawa Bay, a small bay in Holland Michigan or on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, November second through the fourth. Needless to say, the conditions expected on Lake Michigan in November likely will add to the already hardcore nature of the Laser- a singlehanded boat stripped down so that the college athlete has no one to turn to as they face the elements.


In the final day of racing at the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s National Championship for the Gerald C. Miller Memorial Trophy, the women arrived and waited for wind until around 2 p.m. The delay on shore caused everyone to question whether any more races would be sailed today. It was cool and cloudy with rain on and off, but finally some breeze began to come down the river at about 2-7 knots from a westerly direction. A-division was able to fit in two races before the 5 p.m. racing cut off, but B-division only sailed one race, therefore only one race in each division counted today on Windward/Leeward courses.



Today’s racing began with the final races for the First Round Women’s teams, who were competing to make it in the top nine to move on to race in the Final Round of the Sperry Top-Sider / ICSA Women’s National Championships. The conditions this morning were more pleasant than yesterday with lighter winds ranging between 14-17 mph and more sun shine with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. It was a westerly breeze and although the wind was more manageable, it made the current more challenging, the women had to work harder to fight its strength on the downwind legs. The women sailed Windward/Leeward four or five courses and were able to complete the event with both A-division and B-division finishing two races making the required event total of eight races.



The first day of racing for the First Round Women’s teams competing to make it into the Final Round for the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s National Championships taking place in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Leading the fleet are Yale University, Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. Read further for a re-cap of the day.



The teams have been finalized and the 2011 Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s National Championships will begin next week and continue for nine days including three regattas.


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Date Event Location Documents
10/20-21 Wisco Women’s WIS
10/20-21 Boudeman Cup WMU
10/27-28 Cedarfest MSU
11/2-4 LaserPerformance Singlehanded National Championship HOP/GVS
11/3-4 MCSA Fall Championship ColYC
4/6-7 OSU Buckeye Invite OSU
5/21-22 Sperry Women’s Semifinals SAIL NWPT
Date Event Location Results
10/13-14 MCSA Singlehanded Qualifiers WIS
10/13-14 Stoney Burke Intersectional CAL/TISC
10/13-14 Davis Cup IOWA
10/13-14 Emma Biagioni HOP/GVS
10/6-7 MCSA Match Race Qualifiers Sheboygan
10/6-7 U of I ILL
10/6-7 Morton Schapiro PhD Trophy NWU
9/29-30 Boiler Cup PUR
9/29-30 Pere Marquette MRQ
9/22-23 Cary Price MICH
9/15-16 GLIOR ColYC
9/15-16 Buckeye Invite OSU
9/15-16 Steufert Team Race UMN
9/15-16 Sloop Championship Detroit YC
9/8-9 Acton Up MUO
9/8-9 Fall Fury WIS
5/29-1 Gill Coed National Championship ODU
5/26-28 LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship ODU
5/22-25 Sperry Women’s National Championship ODU