This May has seen the annual ICSA Sperry College Sailing Women’s Nationals and the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championships at Sail Newport Sailing Center at Ft. Adams sponsored and rigged by Marlow Ropes. In addition, the honors for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year were presented and the names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The Everett B. Morris Trophy is awarded annually to the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year for outstanding performance at the highest level of sailing in the collegiate year. The trophy is named in memory of a distinguished journalist who spent more than 30 years, as a yachting writer and editor.
This year there were three finalists for the prestigious award: Nicholas Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.) Yale University ’19, Augie Dale (Pewaukee, Wis.) College of Charleston ’19 and Christopher Williford (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Dartmouth College ’19.
Although each of the sailors had an incredible year of competition, the winner is Nicholas Baird.
Baird had a fantastic year of racing including finishing 4th at the LaserPerformance Men’s Singlehanded National Championship, 1st in the LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship, placed second overall and in A-division at this Gill Coed Championship and won many other intersectional and team race regattas throughout the regular season.
“Nic sailed well all year,” says Bill Healy, associate head coach for Yale. “It was great to see him get this award. He’s the kind of guy who is on top of everything and leaves no stone unturned. He’s a great student academically, but also of the sport.”
In Baird’s award ceremony he exclaimed how much fun college sailing is and all of the good friends he has made on the water.
“Putting me in this group of finalists with Augie and Chris – they are both awesome and it felt like a toss of a coin to see who among us would win the award, ”says Baird, “they both sailed really well this year too.”
The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) also announced the 2018-19 All-American Crews, Coed Skippers and Honorable Mentions (the Women’s All-Americans were announced at the Sperry College Sailing Women’s Nationals awards ceremony). The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame displayed at the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
To learn more about the teams competing in all of the events and to follow the racing and results visit the event website: https://2019nationals.collegesailing.org/
Marlow Ropes has enjoyed a partnership with ICSA for almost a decade. The ICSA is the governing body authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the US and in some parts of Canada. There are seven conferences that schedule and administer regattas within their established geographic regions and Marlow is committed to sponsoring key championships and competitions within the inter-collegiate regatta schedule. The Everett B. Morris Trophy is awarded annually to the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year for outstanding performance at the highest level of sailing in the collegiate year. Marlow Ropes have been title sponsors of the award since 2014. Winners have included:
2018 Stephano Peschiera - College of Charleston
2017 Ian Barrows - Yale University
2016 Nevin Snow - Georgetown University
2015 Nevin Snow - Georgetown University
2014 Graham Landy - Yale University