ICSA Match Race National Championship


Saturday, November 13:

The ten competitors in the Match Race National Championships arrived Saturday morning at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center after navigating their way past the St. Petersburg Run Fest. The provided J70's were well-tuned and sported new sails. Harbor start was postponed for slightly under an hour until the promised southeasterly filled in at 5-8 knots. With an approaching cold front, the wind veered south and then southwest until a thin band of rain moved through, after which winds became brisk, west and then northwest. Eight flights were completed before PRO Todd Fedyszyn sent the fleet in, unrigging just before sunset.

Leaders at the end of the day were Yale, Navy and Coastguard with five wins each.

Sunday, November 14:

Cooler temperatures, down to the 60's, greeted competitors on Sunday. Post-frontal northerly winds around 10 knots started the day, but quickly dropped off as the land heated up. An hour delay in racing ensued around noon, as a fake easterly taunted competitors until the true northwest seabreeze filled in at 10 knots. PRO Todd Fedyszyn in consultation with ICSA rep Charles Higgins wisely opted to complete the round robin, then go immediately into the Finals and Petit-Finals.

The Petit-Finals featured Coast Guard and Georgetown, with Coast Guard prevailing.

In the Finals, Yale and Navy demonstrated intense match racing skills and were tied at 1 point each after the first two races. In the final match Yale prevailed to win the 2021 Match Race Nationals title.

Thanks to St. Petersburg Sailing Center for hosting, Chief Umpire Tom Rinda and his distinguished crew, PRO Todd Fedyszyn, St. Petersburg Sailing Center staff, and USF coaches and sailors.

Final Results

*1YaleYale UniversityBulldogs10/2Jack Egan '25Christophe Chaumont '23
Nicholas Davies '24
Megan Grimes '24
2NavyU. S. Naval AcademyMidshipmen9/3JC Hermus '22Kimmie Leonard '22
Gray Benson '22
Jack Carminati '22
**3Coast GuardU. S. Coast Guard AcademyBears7/5Nathan Olmsted '23Jack Derry '25
Sydney Motherway '24
Matthew Kickhafer '23
4GeorgetownGeorgetown UniversityHoyas8/4Jack Reiter '22Daniel Hughes '25
Scott Mais '23
Annabelle Ayer '22
b5StanfordStanford UniversityCardinal4/5Jack Parkin '21Mathew Hogan '21
Wiley Rogers '22
AnaClare Sole '23
c6WisconsinUniversity of WisconsinBadgers4/5Samuel Bartel '22George Lockwood '25
Ella Reinemann '23
Jonathan Bailey '22
d7BowdoinBowdoin CollegePolar Bears3/6Alden Grimes '21John Seider '22
Thibault Antonietti '24
Meghan Gonzalez '23
d8TulaneTulane UniversityGreen Wave3/6Cameron Giblin '23Mia Hanes '24
William Keenan '23
Abigail Borggaard '24
d9FordhamFordham UniversityRams3/6Porter Kavle '22Peter Lobaugh '24
Will Donovan '25
Maggie Costikyan '22
10JacksonvilleJacksonville UniversityFins0/9Matthew King '24Josh Becker '24
Joe Seiffert '25
Grace Benzal '23
*Yale Wins Finals 2-1
**Coast Guard Wins Petit Finals 2-1
bNumber of races won when tied teams met (1)
cNumber of races won when tied teams met (0)
dRRS, Appendix C