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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: IMPORTANT MSG. FROM JOESUNFISH on: Yesterday at 11:29:32 am
Best LOL of the Month, Andres! Thanks.
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: IMPORTANT MSG. FROM JOESUNFISH on: Yesterday at 08:35:03 am
Fordham Fans Board member wins Grand Prize in Sailing Team Fundraising Raffle!

Please go to Sailing Forum for details.
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / FANS BOARD MEMBER WINS GRAND PRIZE IN SAILING RAFFLE!!! on: Yesterday at 12:12:53 am
Unbelievable but true! A Fordham Fans Board member, who read about the Sailing Team raffle on this Forum, and bought four books of tickets as a result of my response to Scott W 86's query about fundraising for Fordham Sailing, won the grand prize in the drawing, which was held last night. The winner(s) were Richard Callanan GSB '64 and Vina C. FCLC '72 from Amagansett, NY. Their winning prize was a
"5 Day, 4 Night Trip to London, arranged and donated in part by Continental Travel Group (Up to $1,000.00), Miami, Florida."

The Second Prize of a "Weekend Getaway to the White family's home in Loon Mountain, New Hampshire," and three additional prizes
of "Team Gear, including Burgees & Ties" were also awarded and the winners were relatives, family members and/or friends of our student athletes.

Congratulations to Richard! Director of Sailing Cristina Puglia '07 and I are thrilled, that one of the Sailing Team's many fans and supporters
on the Fordham Fans Board won one of the prizes, much less the grand prize. To top it off, Richard communicated to me that 15 years ago,
he also won a Sunfish at an event sponsored by the Nature Conservancy in Southampton.

Cristina informed me, that the raffle generated $19,000 and every dime will go toward the team's annual operating expenses. We thank those of you, who participated and appeal to as many Fordham Fans members as possible to participate in next year's annual raffle, or if you would like to simply make a tax deductible gift to one of the most successful teams on campus, and one that desperately needs every dollar it can generate to continue the 17-year, upward projectory of the program, please contact the Development Office and designate your gift to the "Fordham University Sailing Team." As soon as Director of Sailing Cristina Puglia is notified of your gift, you will receive a personal "Thank you" note from Cristina or one of our Sailing Team members.

Thank you all for your support and GO RAMS!
 

4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: JOHN ANDARIESE FUNERAL RECOLLECTIONS on: March 22, 2017, 09:58:22 am
Roger that, CR. Thanks.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: JOHN ANDARIESE FUNERAL RECOLLECTIONS on: March 22, 2017, 06:15:04 am
Chicago Ram, when you were in NYC, was the Fordham Advertising Club still active and having it's monthly lunches at Gallagher's as it was during the 60's & 70's?

Also, were you in Chicago when the Fordham Club of Chicago was active and met monthly from September - June? My bride and I were in Chicago for nearly three years immediately after being married in 1963. She taught at the Shiller School in the center of Cabrini Green after five years as a public school teacher in the South Bronx. Our two older boys were born at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, and it was through the alumni and wives of the Fordham Club members, that we got a GP plus a dentist, pediatrician, gynecologist, et. al. The Fordham Club of Chicago was a godsend to us, as was from a professional standpoint, the Fordham Advertising Club of NY.
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 22, 2017, 05:59:44 am
+ 1

In addition to being a very hard worker, Zarko is smart, articulate, a self-starter and a team player. Plus, I have every reason to believe that he is a leader in the locker room.

If I were a coach, an entrepreneur or a corporate executive, I would want him on my team!
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / JOHN ANDARIESE FUNERAL RECOLLECTIONS on: March 21, 2017, 08:24:29 pm
Per Google, the University Church seats 1,200 people. Not surprisingly, for a 78-year old guy, John had a great turnout as the Church was at least half full. Family friend, Fr. Peter Connelly, a Benedictine priest (monk?) was the Celebrant and Fr. Dan Gatti, S.J., A Ram BB season ticket holder Co-celebrated. A Fordham Doctoral student, whose name I did not get, but had a very good voice, led the singing of the Ave Maria, Amazing Grace and other appropriate hymns.

Funeral arrangements were handled by McGrath Funeral Home in Bronxville and they did a very professional job.

Father Connelly’s homily focused upon John’s Gratitude; Love of Life, and Love of the Catholic Church, which he described as the “Smells (incense) and Bells” of Catholicism.

Following Mass, several persons were called upon to speak. A common theme was how much John loved his jobs, both his marketing and advertising firm, and his role as a color commentator for New York Knicks games. All were quite good and most touched upon John’s grooming; sartorial splendor; love of people and sense of humor. His son-in law Matt McLaughlin was the first and his comments were mostly personal and family oriented. He was followed by an older gentleman, whose name I did not get, but who was obviously close to John for about three decades. He and others spoke about how organized John was in researching and preparing notes for interviews and games. He was the ultimate professional at his craft.

Mike Breen was third to speak and his anecdote had everyone laughing. The Knicks were playing the Pacers in Indianapolis. Mike & John  arrived in town late on the night before the game. John discovered that he did not have his Game Notes and he called NY to make arrangements to have them delivered overnight to the hotel. Mike & John were in adjacent rooms, and the next day, Mike went downstairs for breakfast. When finished, he checked the desk and John’s notes had been delivered. He called John and offered to drop them off at his room. “Great,” said John. When Mike got to John’s room, John opened the door and stood there as naked as a Jaybird; took the notes from Mike’s hand and said, “Thanks sweetheart.” while closing the door in Mike’s face.  

Marv Albert then spoke about the terrific professional relationship, which he and John developed while broadcasting the Knicks games. He said, that no matter where they went, John had an aura about him, that attracted people, and he would respond in a friendly manner to everyone. One day, however, while the two of them were walking in Manhattan, one particular fan joined them and started telling John all the things he should do to help resuscitate the Knicks. John was very courteous and after a couple of blocks, the man disengaged and left presumably convinced that he and John were best friends. As he left, John & Marv kept walking and under his breath, John muttered “What a jerk!”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver followed Marv and his personal anecdote centered about meeting John for the first time more than two decades ago. John was an established personality and Adam was a young rookie in the Office of the Commissioner.  At a cocktail party, where Adam knew no one, John introduced himself; asked his name; his background, what his job was, etc., in a way that was totally genuine and caring and allowed Adam to feel good about himself. They became good friends and remained so until John died.

John’s wife, Maureen, was the final speaker. She thanked everyone for coming and introduced two gentlemen, who took personal care of John during the last year or so of John’s bout with dementia, when it was so difficult for Maureen, whose mother was also in their home under Hospice care.

Fr. Connelly led a round of applause for Maureen, and the Mass of the Resurrection concluded shortly thereafter.

Maureen has worked for Buzzy O'Keefe '59, the owner of The River Club and The Water Club for 25 years, and the congregation was invited to reassemble at The Water Club later in the afternoon, where I suspect "Johnny Hoops" and Fordham Basketball were discussed. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it but hopefully, another Fans Board member may have attended and can provide additional commentary.

John was a great guy. May he Rest in Peace!
8  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: WBB WNIT on: March 19, 2017, 04:08:02 pm
A 19-point loss is a gigantic improvement vis-a-vis a 50-point loss 23 years ago. Regardless of the outcome of today's game, Coach Gaitley has brought an enormous amount of respectability to this program, for which all Fordham Fans should be grateful.

Congrats to our graduating seniors upon stellar careers, and all the best in the future.
9  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: WBB WNIT on: March 19, 2017, 02:16:48 pm
Muchas gracias!
10  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: WBB WNIT on: March 19, 2017, 02:10:42 pm
Thanks Txram. I thought the game was at 2 PM but WFUV isn't carrying it and I was unable to locate a streaming on the A-10 or Fordham sites. I'll keep trying.
11  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: WBB WNIT on: March 19, 2017, 01:43:27 pm
Is the game being broadcast or streamed?
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordhamfans.com News / Re: Dr. Norb Sander RIP on: March 18, 2017, 11:56:34 am
Norb was a good doctor and a good guy. I started running races at age 40 and wracked up one knee seven years later while
training for the NYC Marathon. I ended up having a total of three operations in both knees and Dr. Norb was a big help in my recuperation.
While I had to stop running 10ks and half-marathons, I continue to race Sunfish and play tennis and paddle tennis throughout the year, and I credit much of my recovery to Dr. Norb. May he RIP.
13  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: WBB WNIT on: March 18, 2017, 12:11:53 am
In 1994, the NCAA Women's Tournament expanded to 64 teams for the first time. Our Rams had a record of 21-8, 11-3 in the Patriot League, and were seeded #16 against the #1 seed Penn State with a record of 25-1, 16-2 in the Big Ten. I believe that Penn State was ranked #2 or #4 in the country.

Earlier in the season, my wife and I were awaiting a flight at Newark Airport, when about a dozen, very tall young ladies walked by in Maroon warm-ups. They were the Fordham Rams Women's Basketball team. We introduced ourselves and chatted with them for a while and they were a very articulate and poised group of young ladies. Neither of us had ever seen the Lady Rams, which is what they were known at the time, play. They were flying to an away game. We wished them well as we departed for our respective flights.

At the end of the regular season, when Fordham qualified for the NCAA Tournament and drew Penn State in the first game, we decided to drive to Happy Valley to see them play at 6:00 PM at night. I forgot what a long drive it was and after a stop for lunch and shopping at a mall along the way, we made it to our seats 15 minutes after Tip-off when the score was 16 - 0 Penn State, and the thousands of Nittany Lions overwhelmed the presence of about a dozen Fordham fans, who made the trip.

The final score was 91 - 41, a 50-point trouncing. The highlight of the evening was meeting Coach Joe Paterno, a Brooklyn Prep graduate,
who graciously went out of his way to stop and chat with our small group of fans during halftime.

Since then, I've probably seen about two dozen or so Fordham Women's games and our team is totally different in every way, all for the better, than it was 23 years ago. I have no idea how good Penn State is, but I'm confident that Coach will have the team well prepared to compete this Sunday and perform to the best of their ability. Having seen four or five games this season, I'm convinced that from the standpoint of giving their best, our gals will unquestionably win that battle, and perhaps the game.

GO RAMS!
         
14  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: WBB WNIT on: March 17, 2017, 08:58:57 pm
Well done, Ladies!

Congrats to the team and the coaching staff!
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY on: March 17, 2017, 08:26:24 pm
Amen, John.
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY on: March 17, 2017, 03:22:13 pm
An Oldie but Goodie, BR. It's the perfect time and day to resurrect it. Thanks.
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY on: March 16, 2017, 11:09:20 pm
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all Fordham Fans and a Tip 'O the Cap to St. Andres McCorreal for providing
such a wonderful source of information and entertainment throughout the year!

Erin Go Bragh!

Joseph O'Sunfish
18  Water Cooler / Food & Drink / Re: Rigoletto's is up for sale (or soon to be R.I.P. ??) on: March 15, 2017, 09:56:35 pm
Mea Culpa, JCMB, I should have read your entire sentence. I was referring to Rigoletto's. I've never tried the other dining establishment.
19  Water Cooler / Food & Drink / Re: Rigoletto's is up for sale (or soon to be R.I.P. ??) on: March 15, 2017, 04:06:26 pm
GOOD!
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / NAVY SPRING WOMEN'S REGATTA - FINAL RESULTS on: March 12, 2017, 08:27:06 pm
From the Official Report

"Sunday, March 12:

With the time change Saturday night, temperatures were in the 20s when the competitors on Sunday and the harbor start was postponed until 10:00 while we waited for things to warm up. A division sailed FJs and B was in Z420s in a nice 7-15 knot northwesterly breeze. We sailed 3 races per division, took a lunch break and then sailed three more, for a total of 12 races per division for the regatta. Congratulations to Stanford for winning the 2017 Navy Spring Women's Regatta."

FINAL RESULTS. (* = Varsity Team)

PLACE     TEAM                                            POINTS

1            Stanford                  *                       177
2            Coast Guard             *                       182
3            Yale                         *                       183
4            Brown                                               190
5            Rhode Island                                     206
6            Navy                       *                        217
7            Georgetown             *                        220
8            Cornell                    *                        222
9            St. Mary's                *                        230
10          Roger Williams         *                        234

11          Conn College            *                        236
12          Vermont                                            243
13          Hobart/Wm. Smith.   *                        244
14          FORDHAM                                          245
15          Charleston                *                       256
16          GWU                        *                        257
17          Eckerd                      *                       324
18          Virginia                                              379
19          Old Dominion            *                        409
20          Maryland                                          460

Kudos to all our gals for a competitive showing in their first regatta of the year, and particularly to our A Division skipper Addy Ferguson '17 (All races) and crews Lauren Holderman '18 (1-3), Gabrielle Mascio '18 (4-6 & 10-12) and Annika Ekholm '20 (7-9), who sailed a very impressive 4-2-12-5-6-3-13-13-1-1-16-14 series to capture third place in their Division. 

B Division proved more difficult but skippers Amanda Stapp '18 (1-6) & Grace Howie '20 (7-12) with crews Elizabeth Foulston '17 (1-6)
and Lauren Holderman (7-12) had four Top 10 finishes, and would have had five had it not been for the OCS penalty, without which we
would have finished in eleventh place. Our gals competed very hard under trying conditions for all the sailors and there is no question, that they will build on this solid effort, particularly during their Spring Training Week at Charleston starting tomorrow. 

GO RAMS!
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Re: JOHN JACKSON TEAM RACE REGATTA - FINAL RESULTS on: March 12, 2017, 07:28:34 pm
From the Official Report:

"Sunday, March 12:

Racing began at 1045am in a light and shifty NW wind. The first round robin was completed and after a short break the final four and consolation four commenced. The final four and consolation four finished around 130pm and the decision was made to stop racing since the tide was low and getting lower.

Thanks to the Georgetown undergrads for running the event and to GW for the use of their boats."


FINAL RESULTS ( * = Varsity Team)   -   TOTAL RACES - 40

PLACE     TEAM                               WON/LOST          WINNING PCT.

FINAL FOUR

1            Georgetown           *              9/1                       90%
2            Coast Guard           *              7/3                       70%
3            Conn College          *              6/4                       60%
4            FORDHAM                              4/6                       40%

CONSOLATION FOUR

5            St. Mary's              *               5/5                       50%
6            Charleston             *               4/6                       40%
7            GWU                     *               3/7                       30%
8            SUNY Maritime.      *               2/8                       20%               
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Re: NAVY SPRING WOMEN'S REGATTA - FINAL RESULTS on: March 12, 2017, 02:06:38 pm
Three more races in each division were completed this morning. Commencing with Race #7 in A Division, Annika Ekholm '20 began to crew for Addy Ferguson, and Grace Howie '20 & Lauren Holderman '18 assumed sailing responsibilities in 7B. Fordham scored 13-13-1 to maintain second place in A Division, while B Division finished 17-6-19 in their first three races.

The overall standings after 18 races, nine in each division are:

1     Stanford                        131 *
2     Yale                               137 *
3     Brown                            145
4     Rhode Island                  147
5     Coast Guard                   155 *

6     Navy                              156 *
7     St. Mary's                       162 *
8     FORDHAM                       167
9     Roger Williams                169 *
10   Georgetown                    169 *

11   Hobart/Wm. Smith           173 *
12   Cornell                            175 *
13   Vermont                          180
14   George Washington          184 *
15   Conn College                   200 *

16   Charleston                       202 *
17   Eckerd                             253*
18   Virginia                            281
19   Old Dominion                   311 *
20   Maryland                         349     

Next week, Fordham will be conducting its Spring Training Trip at the College of Charleston, the site of this year's ICSA National Championships, so Coach Norfleet is assuring that as many team members as possible get to race at our two regattas this weekend.



 
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Re: JOHN JACKSON TEAM RACE REGATTA - FINAL RESULTS on: March 12, 2017, 01:27:17 pm
Eight more races took place this morning to complete a 28-Race Round Robin. Fordham placed 1-2-5 for 8 points in beating George Washington 3-4-6 for 13 points, and placed the exact opposite while losing to Charleston 13 - 8.

After 28 Races, the standings were:

TOP 4
Georgetown            6-1
Coast Guard           5-2
Conn College.         5-2
FORDHAM              4-3

BOTTOM 4
Charleston              3-4
St. Mary's               2-5
GWU                      2-5
SUNY Maritime.       1-6

Instead of running a second Round Robin of 28 races, which might not be completed within the time limit, the Race Committee appears to have opted for a Top 4 and Bottom 4 rotation. Stay tuned for further results.
 
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / JOHN JACKSON TEAM RACE REGATTA - FINAL RESULTS on: March 11, 2017, 11:58:15 pm
With eight teams participating, the John Jackson Memorial Team Race Regatta hosted by Georgetown got started late and only 20 of 28 races in the first Round Robin were completed.

Fordham was represented by Will Holz '17 & Makena Masterson '19, Alec Tayler '17 & Katherine Jones '18, and Matt Cappetta '19
alternating with Roberto Stevens '19 and crew William Duke '20.

Fordham had a 3-2 record with wins over St. Mary's, Connecticut College & SUNY Maritime, and losses to Coast Guard & Georgetown. Our Rams will conclude the first Round Robin when they race against Charleston & George Washington tomorrow morning.

CURRENT STANDINGS  ( * = Varsity Team)

TEAM                  WON/LOST               WINNING PCT.
GTN                         5-0 *                            100.
Conn College             4-1 *                             80
Coast Guard              3-2 *                             60
FORDHAM                 3-2                                60
GWU                         2-3 *                             40
Charleston                 1-4 *                             20
SUNY Maritime           1-4 *                             20
St. Mary's                  1-4 *                             20

The Race Committee will attempt to finish Round Robin #1 and a complete Round Robin #2 tomorrow.           
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Re: NAVY SPRING WOMEN'S REGATTA - FINAL RESULTS on: March 11, 2017, 06:45:55 pm
Our Rams are in fifth place against some very good competition.

Addy and Lauren/Gabrielle are in second place in A Division. With a 4-2-12-5-6-3 series, they are only one point out of first.

In B Division, Amanda & Elizabeth are also sailing well considering Amanda hasn't competed since last spring. They have their sea legs and are sailing consistently with a 14-2-OCS-11-8-10 series, which puts them in 13th place, only seven points out of tenth. The OCS was costly as without the 20-point penalty, Fordham would be in third place. However, at this stage of the season, we want our sailors to be aggressive so being over the starting line by a few inches now is better than doing so at the conference championship six weeks from now. It's a terrific opportunity for anyone, who has been away for a while, to both get rid of the rust and improve her timing at the starts. Lots of racing tomorrow. While a top five finish at this event would be terrific, be assured that our gals will be pushing to do even better.

CURRENT STANDINGS AFTER 12 RACES. ( * = Varsity team)

PL.      TEAM                                       POINTS
1         Stanford  *                                  71
2         Yale   *                                        89
3         GWU   *.                                      93
4         Brown                                          95
5         FORDHAM                                     98

6         Navy.  *                                      103
7         St. Mary's   *                               104
8         Vermont                                      105
9         Roger Williams.  *                        111
10       URI                                             114

11       Coast Guard   *                            115
12       Hobart/Wm. Smith   *                   123
13       Cornell   *                                    124
14       Georgetown   *                             125
15       Conn College   *                            148

16       Eckerd   *                                     156
17       Charleston   *                               161
18       Old Dominion   *                           201
19       Virginia                                        205
20.      Maryland                                      234
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / NAVY SPRING WOMEN'S REGATTA - FINAL RESULTS on: March 11, 2017, 04:16:45 pm
When I first checked the scores, 4A Division and two B Division races had been completed and our Rams were in third place. Addy Ferguson '17 & Lauren Holderman '18/Gabrielle Mascio '18 were leading A Division with Lauren crewing in the first three races and Gabby subbing for her in Race 4A. Amanda Stapp '17 & Elizabeth Foulston '18 were in seventh place in B Division. Amanda was studying abroad in the fall and this is her first regatta since last spring.

When I checked back a second time, a Fordham Burgee indicated the Rams were in first place after 3B. I said to myself, "Wow! Amanda & Elizabeth must have won Race 3B, but the place had not yet been posted. I decided to wait until eight races, four in each division, had been completed before giving my first report. After four B races, I discovered that Fordham scored an OCS in Race 3B and an 11 in 4B. OCS =
"On the Course Side" at the start meaning our boat was over the starting line when the starting horn sounded and was subsequently disqualified. I can't tell from the official scoring but my guess is that Amanda and Elizabeth won the race and were then DSQ'ed. Since there are 20 boats in each race, a DSQ = 21 points. Assuming they crossed the finish line first, the DSQ added 20 points to their score, so as I write this, Fordham is in seventh place after eight races. However, with 20 teams, 40 races are scheduled, 20 in each division, over two days
so a lot of sailing remains. Our gals should definitely be in the mix as the competition progresses.

Current Standings - (* = Varsity team)

PL.    TEAM                                     POINTS
1.      Stanford  *                                50
2.      GWU  *                                     54
3.      Brown                                       57
4.      Navy  *                                     57
5.      St. Mary's  *                              68
6.      Vermont                                    68
7.      FORDHAM                                  71
8.      Yale  *                                       72
9.      Coast Guard. *                           75
10.    Cornell. *                                   79

11.    Georgetown. *                            80
12.    Hobart/Wm. Smith  *                  84
13.    Roger Williams. *                        84
14.    Rhode Island                              90
15.    Charleston. *                            102
16.    Conn College *                          103
17.    Eckerd *                                   121
18.    Old Dominion. *                        136
19.    Virginia                                     137
20.    Maryland                                   149 
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / FORDHAM RANKED IN FIRST NATIONAL POLLS OF SPRING SEASON on: March 10, 2017, 09:56:11 pm
Yesterday, SAILING WORLD Magazine published the results of the first College Sailing Coach's Polls of the Spring Season.

There are 218 teams in the ICSA, of which 187 are Club teams.

Among Club Teams only:

COED POLL:   #16 - BU; #19 - Brown
Also Receiving Votes: Fordham, Cornell, UC Santa Barbara

WOMEN'S POLL:   #1 - BU; #6 - URI; #8 - Brown & #20 - UPenn
Also Receiving Votes: Fordham, Vermont, Wisconsin & UC Santa Barbara

Among the 187 Club teams in the ICSA,
Fordham's Coed team is ranked among the Top 5 in the country!
Fordham's Women's team is ranked among the Top 8 in the country!

GO RAMS!

28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Re: FUNDRAISING FOR FORDHAM SAILING on: March 08, 2017, 03:00:46 pm
Richard and Roger,

Many thanks for your participation and support. Good luck in the raffle!

Joe
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / IMPORTANT MSG. FROM JOESUNFISH on: March 08, 2017, 07:43:14 am
To fellow BB season ticket holders and other Fordham BB fans...

Please go to Fordham Sailing Forum and read my post about Fundraising for the Sailing Team.

Thank You.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / FUNDRAISING FOR FORDHAM SAILING on: March 07, 2017, 08:48:44 pm
The Sailing Team has been an Athletic's Department success story since the former varsity program was resurrected as a club sport in 2000. A few years ago, it was ranked #6 in the country among 230 varsity and club College Sailing teams, and #1 among the 194 club teams.

This past weekend, at our first regatta of the spring season, competing against five varsity teams consistently ranked among the top 20 in the country, our Rams placed third at the GWU Team Race competition in Washington DC. Moreover, Fordham was the only team, which beat the winner, Hobart/William Smith, not once but twice!

ORDER OF FINISH         * = Varsity Team

Team                                      Won/Lost

Hobart/Wm. Smith                      13/2    *
Georgetown                                11/4    *
FORDHAM.                                 10/5
George Washington                      6/9    *
Old Dominion                              4/11   *
St. Mary's                                   1/14    * 

In a separate thread, "RAMS PLACE THIRD AT GWU TEAM RACE REGATTA," Scott W 86 asked "Joe... you mentioned the others are Varsity to our club status.  Can you describe the athletic financial aid, or other support that the kids and those programs typically enjoy? Paid coaches?"

I answered Scott's questions and explained how critical the generosity of our benefactors has been in enabling the program to be successful. (SEE BELOW FOR EXPLANATION) Scott then asked how Fans might financially support the Sailing Team.

Coincidentally, the team is just winding down its major fundraising raffle, so the timing of Scott's question could not be better. Over $18,000 has been raised. After consulting with Director of Sailing Cristina Puglia '07, we both agreed that we do not want to waste an opportunity to recruit additional benefactors to the team's cause to someday win a national championship. So here is our pitch as we raise the bar goal to $20,000!

1. Every Fordham Fan's Board participant will automatically become a member of the Fordham University Sailing Association, whose primary purpose is to assist the Sailing Team achieve its financial and non-financial goals.

2. There are no dues. Members are included in the Sailing Association Directory. They are on the distribution list for all regatta reports and other news, plus they are invited to the Team's Annual End-of-Year Liturgy & Luncheon, usually held on campus in early May.

3.  THERE ARE THREE PRIZES:

     FIRST PRIZE - A five-day, four-night trip to London for two, arranged and donated in part (Up to $1,000) by Continental Travel Group
     
     SECOND PRIZE - A Weekend Getaway to the second home of one of our benefactor families in Loon Mountain, New Hampshire.
     
     THIRD PRIZE - Sailing Team Gear including a Fordham Team Burgee and a Sailing Team Tie. As xtey92a wrote re: the tie...
                               "I bought the Fordham Sailing Tie last year. Very Spiffy. Would make a good team fundraiser."

4. Raffle books containing six raffle tickets each are available for $25.00 per book, and participation is easy.

a) Email  joesunfish@aol.com and indicate the number of raffle books you would like to buy. Include your name, address, cell or home number to be called, if you are a winner, plus school and year, if you are an alum.

b) For the number of books purchased, mail your check payable to “Fordham University Sailing Team” to Cristina Puglia, 360 East 72nd Street, Apt. A1204, New York, NY 10021. The last day that checks may be mailed is this Friday, March 10.

c) Upon receipt of your check, your raffle stubs will be completed with your name and phone number, and your ticket receipts will be mailed to you.

d) The drawing will be held on Tuesday, March 21. Winners will be notified immediately and listed on the Fordham Sailing Forum of the Fans Board.

Whether you purchase two, four, 10 or 40 raffle books, please know that you will be supporting a very successful Fordham athletic team; one which aims high, and whose team members are committed to being the best, that they can be.  Please help these fine young ambassadors of our excellent University achieve their goals. They will forever be grateful for your support, as will Cristina and I, and your fellow and gal alumni and alumnae benefactors of Fordham Sailing.

Thank you, and GO RAMS!

Joe Sullivan '58


(EXPLANATION RE: FUNDS NEEDED TO COMPETE AT VARSITY LEVEL & HOW FORDHAM SAILING HAS DONE IT)

Scott, the ICSA prohibits athletic scholarships and financial aid for Sailing skill. Re: other support, every varsity team has at least one professional coach employed by the school and most have at least one assistant coach. Most varsity programs, with which I am familiar, have at least 18 sailboats and one or two safety boats. The sailboats are replaced every five – seven years and sails are replaced more frequently. Varsity teams have travel budgets, which allow them to participate in three or four regattas on weekends.

Most importantly, varsity programs have the greatest legitimacy in the coaching community and can afford to recruit the most experienced coaches in the sport. Not surprisingly, most teams, which compete for National Sailing Championships, are varsity programs with very experienced coaches.

Fordham receives $5,000 annually from Club Sports. As a result of the generosity of the Fordham University Sailing Association, which consists of members of the Fordham Afterguard (Alumni club and varsity Sailing Team members dating back to 1952) plus other Alumni and Parent Benefactors, the program has been self-sustaining since it was resurrected as a club sport in 2000. After the original cadre of seven students raised $5,000 to buy one boat in 2001, the Afterguard raised $48,000 to fund a fleet of six 420 sailboats and one coach boat.

From then, until September 2011, the program operated with a volunteer Head Coach and intermittent coaching clinics conducted by a former College Sailor of the Year, a former Sailing World's Champion and a former member of the US Olympic Team, who were funded by our benefactors. The latter, also, funded expansion of our fleet to 10 boats. Alumni, Parents and Friends of Fordham Sailing also contributed by generously opening their homes to host the team on regatta weekends. This allowed Fordham to participate in three-four competitions on a weekend, which helped us develop the team size and talent to compete against varsity programs. In addition, the families frequently provided meals and packed sandwiches for the team members to eat at regattas, which helped their pocketbooks because the sailors had to fund their own "Uniforms," i.e., drysuits, boots, gloves, hats, lifejackets, stop watches, etc.

Every year, the kids had a fundraiser, where they raffled off a trip or some other prize, which had been donated to the program. Raffle tix were printed and every team member was expected to sell $500 of raffle tix during the summer. As the team grew in size, this effort provided as much as $20,000 annually to the program.

In May 2010, the Sailing Association hosted a 60/10 Anniversary Dinner at the New York Yacht Club to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Fordham Sailing in 1950 and the 10th Anniversary of the program's rebirth. A goal of $100,000 was established to replace our 10-boat fleet so Fordham & Columbia, via a joint venture, would have 20 of the same boats and the ability to co-host interconference regattas. $153,000 was raised, which allowed the team to fund the new sailboats plus a larger safety boat, and most importantly, the employment of a full-time coach for one year. The University, however, had a policy, that three years of funding was needed before a coach could be hired. While it was a surprise at the time, it made a lot of sense from the standpoint of commitment. Fordham Trustee Dennis Ruppel '68 was named Commodore of the Sailing Association to replace Dave McCarthy '62, who did an excellent job serving in that role for 10 years. A professional coach was hired in September 2011 and after the first year, Dennis has been the primary benefactor for the coach's position and the program's primary advocate with the administration. Without his generosity and that of so many others over the years, the Fordham Sailing Team would not have been ranked the #1 Club team in the country and have the national reputation, which it has today.
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