In addition to 10 varsity programs, our Middle Atlantic conference consists of 36 club teams spread among the three regions of the conference. Each fall, the top 18 teams that qualify, compete in the MAISA Club Teams' Championship.
With our combined fleet of twenty 420 sailboats, in September 2010, Fordham & Columbia became eligible to Co-Host important qualifying and major intersectional and championship competitions. This weekend, we Co-Hosted the Club Teams' Championship.
Sailors arrived at Morris Yacht & Beach Club on Saturday morning and were greeted with chilly temperatures in the mid 30s. Racing began at 9:30 AM in a 10 knot Northerly that slowly went right and died throughout the day. Four races were completed in each division before the breeze tapered off at 2:30 PM. Sailors waited patiently until 3:45 PM when racing was canceled for the day with U/Penn leading the University of Virginia by two points followed by Stevens, Cornell , Villanova and Fordham.
W-4 and W-3/W-5 courses were run and were set in Long Island Sound directly south of the club, which allowed excellent viewing of the windward & offset marks in all races and the finish of the second race of each set from the Tiki Bar pier and the yacht club shoreline.
Senior Alex Sachs & junior Emma Pfohman raced A Division for the Rams, while soph Mia Cooper and frosh Chase Webber represented the Maroon in B Division.
Sunday was another spectacularly sunny day with cool temperatures in the morning. After a short postponement due to no wind, the breeze came in from the West and shifted to a steady 10-12 knot Southwesterly throughout the day. Racing began about 10:00 AM with Sachs & Pfohman in A division and juniors Payson Titcomb & Alex Wiggins in B Division. Ten races were sailed prior to the 3:00 PM deadline, thus totaling 18 for the regatta.
While our Rams placed a respectable sixth among the 36 club teams in the conference, it was a disappointment because we knew that we could have done better. Being over early at the start, and penalty spins due to multiple fouls plagued us in both divisions.
Assisted ably by student-athletes from both schools, Coaches Reed Johnson of Fordham and Will Brown of Columbia ran a very good regatta.
1. University of Pennsylvania - 67 points
2. University of Virginia - 71
3. Stevens Institute of Technology - 79
4. Cornell University - 112
5. Villanova University - 127
6. Fordham University - 130
7. Queens University - 142
8. Columbia University - 148
9. University of Buffalo - 166
10. University of William & Mary - 178
11. George Washington University - 189
12. Monmouth University - 189
13. Webb Institute of Naval Architecture - 206
14. Rochester Institute of Technology - 213
15. Princeton University - 229
16. Drexel University - 245
17. American University - 270
18. Salisbury University - 342
This concludes the fall season for our Ram mariners. Our next competition will be in early January when Fordham travels to Southern California to participate in the Rose Bowl Regatta.