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RAMS FINISH HUGE AT COED DINGHY NATIONAL SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP


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« on: June 02, 2017, 09:59:21 pm »

RAMS FINISH HUGE AT COED DINGHY NATIONAL SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP

Never in the history of Fordham Sailing from its founding as a Club sport in 1950; its elevation to Varsity status in 1955; its demotion to Club status in 1971 and subsequent dissolution as a Fordham sport in 1974; to its resurrection as a Club team in 2000, and its subsequent upward trajectory over the ensuing 17 years, has any Sailing team accomplished for Fordham what the current Coed dinghy team did these past four days.

Specifically, the only coed team to represent Fordham in athletic competition:

A) Finished its best ever performance, third place, at the America Trophy Regatta, the MAISA Spring Conference (54 teams) Championship.

B) Qualified for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship competition for the fifth consecutive year. In 2013, Fordham qualified for ICSA Coed Dinghy National’s for the first time ever. With the Top 9 of 18 advancing to the Championship Round, our Rams placed 11th in their National Semifinal’s fleet. A year later, in 2014, Fordham placed 10th in the National Semifinal’s.

C) Qualified for the Final Round of the National Championship Regatta for the third consecutive year. In 2015, Fordham qualified for the Championship Round for the first time and placed 14th in the 18-team fleet. Last year, 2016, our Rams qualified for the Championship Round for the second time and finished 18th.

D) This year, Fordham qualified by finishing 6th in its Semifinal competition. In the Championship Round, not only did Fordham crack the Top 10 but the Rams finished 7th among all 216 teams, both Varsity and Club, in College Sailing. Among the 187 Club teams only, Fordham finished #1 in the country.

Congratulations to Will Holz & Charlotte LeClue, who sailed A Division; to Alec Tayler, Jamie Spence & Lauren Holderman, who raced B Division; to all our other team members, who pushed one another to improve throughout the year and be the best that they can be; to former Head Coach Reed Johnson, who recruited most of the seniors and many of the juniors; to current Head Coach Johnny Norfleet, who provided the on-the-water leadership needed to help our team members improve, and who made the wise decision to practice at the National’s venue over Spring Break; to Director of Sailing and former Team Captain Cristina Puglia ’07, who has worked so hard behind the scenes to support the program by taking responsibility for many of the less glamorous but critical tasks needed to assure effective operating support for a program with historically clearly defined and ambitious goals; to Pat & Dennis Ruppel ’68, who for the past five years have led the fundraising effort, which has enabled Fordham Sailing to engage the services of a professional coach, and lastly to the Afterguard and Sailing Association members, who have supported the team in so many financial and non-financial ways over the years.

All of them have earned the right to take a bow for the Sailing team’s awesome accomplishments at the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship these past four days.

Race-by Race Results

      1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9    10    11    12    13    14    15    16    17
A:   8     9   14   13     2   15     8   17    12      2    12      3      8     2      2      3      1
B:  11    1   10   14    11   13    7   11    16    14    13      7     11     9    11    12      9



FINAL STANDINGS  ( * = Club Team)

1.  Charleston                  230 points
2.  Yale                           249
3.  Dartmouth                  261
4.  Boston College            267
5.  Hobart/Wm. Smith       271
6.  Georgetown                 300
7.  FORDHAM                    311  *
8.  Navy                           314
9.  Coast Guard                 323

10.  Roger Williams            324
11.  South Florida              339
12.  George Washington     343
13.  Boston University        345  * 
14.  Tufts                          358
15.  Kings Point                 365
16.  Stanford                     375
17.  Brown                        394  *
18.  U C Santa Barbara       445  *

GO RAMS!                       
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 10:53:24 pm »

An historic accomplishment for the sailing program, Joe. So very impressive.

Congrats to our sailors, coaches and to you, my friend.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 11:22:00 am »

Congratulations strong finish. Best to all the Seniors!
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2017, 12:48:35 pm »

Joe,

Congratulations to the team, the coaches and you.

I recall you mentioning many times that when you and your former teammates restarted the team that you had a 10-15 year plan.  I am going to say that even you could not have imagined how successful your efforts would be and that I think you exceeded the heights you were striving for.

Sailing has become one of Fordham's most successful programs and we are proud of you and the team
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2017, 02:29:44 pm »

Congratulations to the Fordham Sailing Team!  Joe, one thing I was wondering about. I noticed many of the sailing programs have the name of their school on their sails as Princeton and Brown does rather than their mascots.  Some spectators may not know what school the RAMS pertain to. Would it be possible to have Fordham on our sails rather than the RAMS, or both for that matter?  If only one is possible, would love to see Fordham on the sails.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2017, 10:10:56 pm »

Joe,

Congratulations to the team, the coaches and you.

I recall you mentioning many times that when you and your former teammates restarted the team that you had a 10-15 year plan.  I am going to say that even you could not have imagined how successful your efforts would be and that I think you exceeded the heights you were striving for.

Sailing has become one of Fordham's most successful programs and we are proud of you and the team
Joe, I second all this.  Congrats to all associated with the team.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2017, 11:34:12 pm »

Congratulations to the Fordham Sailing Team!  Joe, one thing I was wondering about. I noticed many of the sailing programs have the name of their school on their sails as Princeton and Brown does rather than their mascots.  Some spectators may not know what school the RAMS pertain to. Would it be possible to have Fordham on our sails rather than the RAMS, or both for that matter?  If only one is possible, would love to see Fordham on the sails.

Thanks, Ramer. Re: the school name on the sails, yes, it can be done but visibility will be effected by the length of the name. Some schools use initials, e.g., the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point simply has KP; SUNY Maritime has NYM, and Columbia has COL. If Columbia or Fordham had all the letters in the school name displayed across the mainsail, my guess is that the letters would be no more than half the size of e.g., RAMS or COL and would be difficult to see from a distance. Re: spectators being confused between schools with the same mascot, in College Sailing, the school hosting a regatta provides the boats for all competitors. Thus, if the regatta were at the sailing venue of the University of Rhode Island, everyone would know that RAMS on the sails referred to URI. Ditto, if the competition were  sailed off City Island, spectators would know that Fordham was the host school. I hope that this answers your question.   












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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2017, 12:22:45 am »

Joe, when the hosts provide the boats, are they all really equal or are there subtle differences that the host team can take advantage of?
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2017, 06:17:40 am »

Good question, txram...I should have added, that the boats are rotated among the teams usually after every two races. Our first purchase was for six 420s so when Fordham started hosting regattas, we could only host five other teams. The boats would be rotated in both A and B divisions and we would usually schedule a double round-robin over two days. We added one or two boats a year as we could afford them until 2010, when we had 12 boats but had to replace the original six. We approached Columbia, which was sailing out of City Island Y. C., about five blocks from our home port at Morris Yacht & Beach Club also on City Island, and had a fleet of FJs, which needed to be replaced. Fordham suggested a joint venture so the two schools could co-host major regattas. Columbia agreed and as a result, each school raised sufficient funds to buy 10 new 420s. Coincidentally, 2010 was the 60th Anniversary of the founding of our Sailing team and the 10th Anniversary of its rebirth. In September 2009, the Sailing Association, which consisted of Sailing Team alumni...the Afterguard...dating back to two of our founders from the Class of 1952 set a goal of $100,000 to purchase 10 420s and buy a second safety boat to augment the 15' Scout, which had served us well for a decade. A 60/10 Anniversary Dinner at the New York Yacht Club in May 2010 was scheduled and fundraising commenced. At the dinner, we announced that $153,000 had been raised. Not only had we raised sufficient funds to purchase a fleet of 10 new 420s, but we had enough to buy a pre-owned 18' Grady White with a new engine, and most importantly, enough to hire a professional coach for one year.

Starting in the fall of 2010, Fordham & Columbia had a combined fleet of 20 420s and the Jesuit Cup Regatta became the 18-team Jesuit Open Interconference Regatta with teams invited from all over the country, while the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta, which Fordham had been hosting as a 10-school event, became an 18-team, two-conference competition with teams coming from both the New England and Middle-Atlantic conferences.

Shortly thereafter, Fordham, Columbia, Kings Point & SUNY Maritime were encouraged to submit a bid to host the 2014 National Championships in Western Long Island Sound. Among the four schools, we could have easily hosted the event with 18 420s and 18 FJs available. Unfortunately, politics interfered at the ICSA level and it did not come to pass. But that's another story.   

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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2017, 06:42:29 am »

To add some more perspective to that stated above:


In 2017, 14 or 48% of the 29 Varsity teams qualified for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship Final Round. Four or 2% of the 187 Club teams qualified, including Fordham.

By placing seventh overall, Fordham finished among the Top 3% of all 216 ICSA member schools, and became the #1 Club team in the country!


FINALISTS BY CONFERENCE: New England (NEISA) – 8; Mid-Atlantic (MAISA) – 6; South Atlantic (SAISA) & Pacific Coast (PCCSC) - 2 each;
Midwest (MCSA), Southeast (SEISA) & Northwest (NWICSA) - None.
 

Interestingly, there were three groups of easily identifiable schools participating and each group had three teams in the Championship Round. Following is how the three groups fared at the ICSA 2017 Coed Dinghy National Championship:

1. JESUIT SCHOOLS: Boston College #4, Georgetown # 6 & Fordham #7 = 17 points

2. IVY LEAGUE:  Yale #2, Dartmouth #3 & Brown #17 = 22 points
                 
3. MARITIME ACADEMIES: U.S. Naval Academy #8, U.S. Coast Guard Academy #9 & U.S. Merchant Marine Academy #15 = 32 points
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2017, 10:21:24 am »

To add some more perspective to that stated above:


In 2017, 14 or 48% of the 29 Varsity teams qualified for the ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship Final Round. Four or 2% of the 187 Club teams qualified, including Fordham.

By placing seventh overall, Fordham finished among the Top 3% of all 216 ICSA member schools, and became the #1 Club team in the country!


FINALISTS BY CONFERENCE: New England (NEISA) – 8; Mid-Atlantic (MAISA) – 6; South Atlantic (SAISA) & Pacific Coast (PCCSC) - 2 each;
Midwest (MCSA), Southeast (SEISA) & Northwest (NWICSA) - None.
 

Interestingly, there were three groups of easily identifiable schools participating and each group had three teams in the Championship Round. Following is how the three groups fared at the ICSA 2017 Coed Dinghy National Championship:

1. JESUIT SCHOOLS: Boston College #4, Georgetown # 6 & Fordham #7 = 17 points

2. IVY LEAGUE:  Yale #2, Dartmouth #3 & Brown #17 = 22 points
                 
3. MARITIME ACADEMIES: U.S. Naval Academy #8, U.S. Coast Guard Academy #9 & U.S. Merchant Marine Academy #15 = 32 points


Good company.

This is clearly a significant step forward for our sailing program, Joe. This program is making us proud.

Congrats to our sailors, coaches and you too, Joe!
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2017, 01:35:05 pm »

This is great.  Joe, all of your hard work over the years is paying off.  Congrats to you and all associated with the program.  Wish the University would publicize the team's accomplishments more on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
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