The fall College Sailing season has ended and via its final Coaches' Poll of the Year, SAILING WORLD Magazine has published the results of its year-end national and conference rankings. As expected, it includes both good and disappointing news for Fordham.
1. As a reminder, in College Sailing, varsity and club teams compete against each other.
2. Varsity teams compose 14% of all College Sailing teams.
3. Club teams cover a wide range of commitment, from teams such as Fordham, which endeavor to operate as varsity-like, as possible, to some teams at the other end of the spectrum, which are purely recreational and whose very existence rises and falls with the tide of student enthusiasm. Thus, the total number of teams and club teams may vary slightly from year-to-year.
4. The most competitive conferences are on the East Coast, i.e., the Middle Atlantic, New England & South Atlantic conferences, which field 62% of all teams and 87% of all varsity programs. Following is a breakdown by conference:
Conference Varsity Club Total
MAISA 11 43 54
NEISA 12 40 52
SAISA 4 24 28
PCCSC 4 16 20
MCSA - 34 34
SEISA - 20 20
NWICSA - 10 10
TOTAL 31 187 218
In both Coed and Women’s Rankings, the Top 20 were ranked. In the “Also Receiving Votes” category, four coed and five women’s teams were included.
Unfortunately, our coed team did not qualify for the season-ending Atlantic Coast Championship. As a result, Fordham was not ranked among the top 24 teams in the country. Our women’s team did qualify for the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship and in the poll was included as “Also Receiving Votes.” Only two club teams appeared among the Top 24 Coed teams and only six club teams, of which Fordham was one, were included among the Top 25 Women’s teams cited.
Among 54 MAISA programs, Fordham was ranked ninth among Coed teams and sixth among Women’s teams. Fordham was the highest ranked club team in each discipline!