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The URI Sailing team has a strong tradition of competitive excellence and a rich history of alumni that includes several Olympians and 28 All-Americans. The team competes in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) and sails out of the URI Sailing Center in Wakefield, RI. The sailing fleet includes 18 Vanguard Flying Juniors, Tech Dinghies, an Etchells, a J-24 and several power boats.

URI Sailing Team

URI Sailing Team

Name Position Hometown Academic Major Class
Marisa Decollibus/Captain Crew North Kingstown, RI Psychology Senior
Matt Gibbs/Captain Crew North Kingstown, RI Biology / French Senior
Rachel Bryer Skipper Jamestown, RI Pharmacy Senior
Fiona Christie Crew Jamestown, RI Art /Elementary Education Senior
Patrick Isherwood Skipper Barrington, RI Ocean Engineering Senior
Sarah Morin Crew Matunuck, RI Human Development/Fine ArtsElementary Ed, Art Senior
Hannah Patry Crew East Greenwich, RI Nursing Senior
Adam Piispanen Skipper/Crew Winchester, MA Ocean Engineering Senior
Cam Tougas Skipper/Crew Marion, MA Marine Affairs Senior
Natasha Willcox Crew Norwalk, CT Wildlife Conservation Senior
Haley Cedarholm Crew Lee, NH Political Science Junior
Will Connelly Skipper South Kingstown, RI Environmental Economics Junior
Benton Croop Skipper Rochester, NY Marine Biology Junior
Peter Girard Skipper Arlington, MA Ocean Engineering / Spanish Junior
Ellis Havelock Crew Bethel, CT Marine Affairs Junior
Sarah Hermus Skipper Bellport, NY Public Relations Junior
Alex Lach Crew Livingston, NJ Finance Junior
Karel Mailloux-Kuz Skipper Rochester, NY Aquaculture+Fisheries Technologyng Junior
Ian Martin Skipper North Kingstown, RI Finance Junior
Mariah McDonald Crew Saunderstown, RI Political Science Junior
Kim Morecraft Skipper New Providence, NJ Finance Junior
Sophie Podlich Skipper Annapolis, MD Sec. Education / History Junior
Hannah Scanlon Crew Bristol, RI Kinesiology Junior
Garrett Connelly Skipper/Crew South Kingstown, RI Marine Affairs Sophomore
Emma Dwinell Crew Little Compton, RI Creatve Writing/Anthropology Sophomore
Ryan Geib Skipper/Crew North Kingstown, RI Mathmatics Sophomore
Max Griswold Skipper/Crew Old Lyme, CT Marine Biology Sophomore
Samantha Hamilton Crew Pt. Pleasant, NJ Business / Finance Sophomore
Fraser MacKechnie Crew Newport, RI Finance Sophomore
Ian Nannig Crew North Kingstown, RI Kinesiology Sophomore
Dakota Northrup Skipper North Kingstown, RI Animal Science Sophomore
Kate Nota Crew Jamestown, RI Business/Environmental Economics Sophomore
Lauren Oliveira Crew Dartmouth, MA Nutrition and Dietetics Sophomore
Brendan Read Skipper Portsmouth, RI Ocean Engineering Sophomore
Lauren Richards Crew Harwinton, CT Marine Biology Sophomore
Sam Rush Skipper/Crew Toledo, OH Engineering Sophomore
Ryan Walker Skipper Marblehead, MA Mechanical Engineering Sophomore
Delaney Bamford Skipper North Kingstown, RI Biology Freshman
Collin Benzoni Skipper North Kingstown, RI Mechanical Engineering Freshman
Melissa Carcone Crew Portsmouth, RI Mechanical Engineering Freshman
Lucas Dutton Crew W. Tisbury, MA Mechanical Engineering Freshman
Pasha Fesenko Skipper Providence, RI Political Science Freshman
Peter Gunn Skipper Riverdale, NY Ocean Engineering Freshman
Alex Maxwell Crew Chester, CT Ocean Engineering Freshman
Ellie McClean Crew Freshman
Chris Pearson Skipper East Greenwich, RI Civil Engineering Freshman
Caroline Rocchio Crew North Kingstown, RI Chemical Engineering Freshman
Cece Schneider Crew New Bedford, MA Ocean engineering Freshman
Alyssa Hall Crew West Haven, CT Psychology Freshman
Skip Whyte, Head Coach

Skip Whyte, Head Coach

Whyte has a long résumé of college coaching experience. The Wickford, R.I., resident served as the head sailing coach at Boston University twice (from 1976 until 1985, and again in 1992 until 1995), leading the team, which was slated to be dropped, to six national titles and numerous regional championships, as well as improving the co-ed and women’s team rankings to “top 10” and “top five” positions. In addition, from 1989 to 1992, Whyte served as both head sailing coach and assistant sailing master at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, directing all freshman and varsity activities as well as teaching physical education classes each semester to 120 novice sailors.

Whyte also spent 17 years as an Olympic sailing coach for the United States Olympic Yachting Committee. During that time, he coached the U.S. sailing teams to five Olympic medal performances, including gold in 2004. From 1975 to 1989, Whyte served as vice president and general manager of Can Am Sailcraft, Inc., a sailboard and sailboat dealership out of Cambridge, Mass. Most recently, he coached and consulted as the sole proprietor for 1st Place Sailing, working with various clients including Olympic aspirants, collegiate sailing teams, and semi-professional sport boats.

News and Schedule

Results and News

Week 4 / Danmark, Hewitt, Smith, Regis+2 more

The Rams were busy this weekend with 4 trophy events plus two invites. The Danmark, with 20 top caliber teams, is considered the most prestigious interconference event of the year and typically has more top ranked teams than the nationals. 2016 was no exception. Rachel Bryer/Hannah Scanlon and Dakota Northrup/Kate Nota represented the Rams with…

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Week Three Report

The Rams were VERY busy over the September 24-25 weekend with 6 events including 2 major interconference events, the St. Mary’s Fall and the Hood Trophy at Tufts. The St. Mary’s event was our top priority with Rachel and Hannah in A and Dakota and Kate in B with captain Matt Gibbs standing by. Rachel…

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Fall 2016 Schedule

Date Event
September 10-11, 2016

Toni Deutsch @ MIT in FJ and Fireflies
Pine Trophy @ Coast Guard in J/70s
Penobscot Bay Open @ Maine Maritime in 420s
Mt. Hope Bay Invite@ Roger Williams is FJs
Lark Invite @ Tufts in Larks

September 14, 2016

J/70 Invite @ Coast Guard

September 17-18, 2016

*Stu Nelson @ Conn College in FJs
Hatch Brown @ MIT in FJs and Fireflies (3 div)
Central 2 @ BC in FJs and Z420s (alt)
Donaghy Bowl @ UConn in FJs (Sunday only)

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