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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 26 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, Etchells 22′s, a J-24 and several power boats.

URI Sailing Team

URI Sailing Team

Name Position Hometown Academic Major Class
Rachel Bryer / Captain Skipper Jamestown, RI Pharmacy Junior
Matt Wordell / Captain Skipper Fairhaven, MA Physical Education Senior
Caleb Armstrong Skipper Dartmouth, MA Industrial Engineering Senior
Courtney Bombardier Crew Kingston, MA PR / Business Senior
Matt Coughlin Skipper Cumberland, RI Mechanical Engineering Senior
Elizabeth Durgin Crew Newport, RI Biology Senior
Liz Early Crew Madison, CT Marine Affairs / French Senior
Molly Lucyk Skipper/Crew Lincroft, NJ Nursing Senior
Conor O'Neil Skipper/Crew Ocean Engineering / German Senior
Hannah Patry Crew East Greenwich, RI Nursing Senior
Adam Piispanen Skipper/Crew Winchester, MA Ocean Engineering Senior
Fiona Christie Crew Jamestown, RI Art /Elementary Education Junior
Marisa Decollibus Crew North Kingstown, RI Psychology Junior
Julia Elson Skipper East Greenwich, RI Finance / Pol Science Junior
Matt Gibbs Crew North Kingstown, RI Biology / French Junior
Patrick Isherwood Skipper Barrington, RI Ocean Engineering Junior
Mariah McDonald Crew Pharmacy Junior
Sarah Morin Crew Matunuck, RI Elementary Ed, Art Junior
Cam Tougas Skipper/Crew Marion, MA Marine Affairs Junior
Natasha Willcox Crew Norwalk, CT Wildlife Conservation Junior
Zack Valerio Crew Providence, RI Ocean Engineering / Spanish Junior
Haley Cedarholm Crew Lee, NH Elementary Ed, History Sophomore
Will Connelly Skipper South Kingstown, RI Environmental Economics Sophomore
Benton Croop Skipper Rochester, NY Marine Biology Sophomore
Jimmy Gieseke Skipper Newport, RI Computer Engineering Sophomore
Johnny Gieseke Crew Newport, RI Landscape Architecture Sophomore
Peter Girard Skipper Arlington, MA Ocean Engineering / Spanish Sophomore
Ellis Havelock Crew Bethel, CT Marine Affairs Sophomore
Sarah Hermus Skipper Bellport, NY Public Relations Sophomore
Jack Hurley Crew Ocean, NJ Mechanical Engineering Sophomore
Alex Lach Crew Livingston, NJ Finance Sophomore
Aaron Lomba Skipper CT Computer Science Sophomore
Karel Mailloux-Kuz Skipper Rochester, NY Ocean Engineering Sophomore
Ian Martin Skipper North Kingstown, RI Business Sophomore
Kim Morecraft Skipper New Providence, NJ Finance Sophomore
Sophie Podlich Skipper Annapolis, MD Sec. Education / History Sophomore
Max Rohr Skipper Oakland, CA Economics Sophomore
Hannah Scanlon Skipper Bristol, RI Kinesiology Sophomore
Garrett Connelly Skipper/Crew South Kingstown, RI Marine Affairs Freshman
Emma Dwinell Crew Little Compton, RI English Freshman
Blaise Erker Crew Newport, RI Engineering / Spanish Freshman
Ryan Geib Skipper/Crew North Kingstown, RI Undeclared Freshman
Max Griswold Skipper/Crew Old Lyme, CT Marine Biology Freshman
Samantha Hamilton Crew Pt. Pleasant, NJ Business / Finance Freshman
Fraser MacKechnie Crew Biomolecular Science Freshman
Ian Nannig Crew North Kingstown, RI Kinesiology Freshman
Dakota Northrup Skipper North Kingstown, RI Undeclared Freshman
Kate Nota Crew Jamestown, RI Business Freshman
Lauren Oliveira Crew Dartmouth, MA Nutrition and Dietetics Freshman
Brendan Read Skipper Portsmouth, RI Ocean Engineering Freshman
Lauren Richards Crew Harwinton, CT Marine Biology Freshman
Sam Rush Skipper/Crew Toledo, OH Engineering Freshman
Ryan Walker Skipper Marblehead, MA Mechanical Engineering 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 Two Report

The Rams had 4 events on the card for week two: the Stu Nelson women’s Interconference at Conn College, the Hatch Brown Interconference at MIT, a Central Series at BC, and the Donaghy Bowl at UConn. Rachel and Hannah were with the ladies at the Stu Nelson with Sarah and Marisa in B this time….

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Fall Week One Report

The Rams were in lots of action just three days after the first practice with 5 events, three of which were trophy events. The coed team went down east to Maine Maritime in Castine Maine for the Penobscot Bay Open and the Harman Trophy. The PBO was a qualifier for the Danmark and the Harman…

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Fall 2015 Schedule

Date Event
September 12-13, 2015

Toni Deutsch @ MIT in FJs and Fireflies
Penobscot Bay Open @ Maine Maritime in 420s
Harman @ Maine Maritime in Colgate 26s
Mt. Hope Bay Open @ Roger Williams in FJs
Lark Invite @Tufts in Larks

September 19-20, 2015

Stu Nelson @ Conn College in FJs
Hatch Brown @ MIT in FJs and Fireflies
Central 2 @ BC in FJs and Z420s
Donaghy Bowl @ UConn in 420s (Sunday only)

September 26-27, 2015

St. Mary’s Fall Interconference in FJs and Z420s
Regis Bowl @ BU in FJs
Hood Trophy @ Tufts in Larks
New England Singlehanded Championships@Niantic YC in BYO Lasers
Loder Trophy@ MIT in FJs
Salt Pond Invite @ URI in FJs


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