The racing program at Virginia has grown extensively in the past few years. We compete at all skill levels, from lower level local regattas to major intersectionals. The majority of our racing is collegiate dinghy racing in Collegiate Flying Juniors and Collegiate 420's, and we compete in the occasional keel boat event. In the last two years our team has traveled as far as Bowdoin College, Maine and Jacksonville, Florida for events. Virginia is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA), one of the seven geographic conferences in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).
This past season was very successful for Virginia Sailing. We continue to be ranked as an extremely competitive school both in the country and conference; and we are setting our goals even higher in the next year of racing. This past year, we were ranked 12th in MAISA. We are consistently one of the best club teams in all of college sailing and we have the results to prove it. Based on the War Memorial, we were ranked as the 3rd best club team in the conference. Even though we are only a club team, we are better than many varsity teams in our conference and the nation, and compete against top schools such as Navy, Old Dominion University, and Georgetown on a regular basis.
Furthermore, Virginia Sailing has become a nationally ranked team. We are ranked in the top 25 in the country. In addition to achieving this rank, Virginia Sailing qualified in Spring 2014 for the ICSA National Championship. We narrowly missed out on competing past the Semi-Finals. The end of the Spring 2014 racing season saw the accomplishment of many longtime club goals; from here, the team's goals include maintaining our ranked status, improving that rank, and qualifying for the National Championship next year. Our results for the end of the Spring 2014 racing season are as follows:
MAISA Club Rank: 3rd
MAISA Rank: 12th
National Rank: 25th
We currently practice twice a week at the Lake Anna Yacht Club, where we have a fleet of nine FJ’s and 2 safety boats. Our top racers take weekend trips to practice with other collegiate teams, and this year they sailed over spring break to tune up before the team racing season. During the fall of each year, Virginia hosts the Virginia Open, a MAISA fleet racing regatta.
We encourage prospective students and current Virginia students that are interested in racing for our team to contact Commodore Helen Bechler (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Our Lake Anna Facility
2014 National Semis