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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 Elementary 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
Zack Valerio Crew Providence, RI Ocean Engineering / Spanish Senior
Haley Cedarholm Crew Lee, NH Elementary Ed, History Junior
Will Connelly Skipper South Kingstown, RI Environmental Economics Junior
Benton Croop Skipper Rochester, NY Marine Biology Junior
Johnny Gieseke Crew Newport, RI Landscape Architecture 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
Jack Hurley Crew Ocean, NJ Mechanical Engineering Junior
Alex Lach Crew Livingston, NJ Finance Junior
Aaron Lomba Skipper CT Computer Science Junior
Karel Mailloux-Kuz Skipper Rochester, NY Ocean Engineering Junior
Ian Martin Skipper North Kingstown, RI Business Junior
Mariah McDonald Skipper Saunderstown, RI Pharmacy Junior
Kim Morecraft Skipper New Providence, NJ Finance Junior
Sophie Podlich Skipper Annapolis, MD Sec. Education / History Junior
Hannah Scanlon Skipper Bristol, RI Kinesiology Junior
Garrett Connelly Skipper/Crew South Kingstown, RI Marine Affairs Sophomore
Emma Dwinell Crew Little Compton, RI English Sophomore
Ryan Geib Skipper/Crew North Kingstown, RI Undeclared 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 Biomolecular Science Sophomore
Ian Nannig Crew North Kingstown, RI Kinesiology Sophomore
Dakota Northrup Skipper North Kingstown, RI Undeclared Sophomore
Kate Nota Crew Jamestown, RI Business 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
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

Lady Rams 4th at National Finals, Win Eastern Semifinals

The Lady Rams ventured to San Diego for the Women’s Semifinals and Finals, May 24-27 following a very productive nationals training period. The regular Ram squad of Rachel Bryer and Hannah Scanlon in A was supplemented with Fiona Christie, Rachel’s former High School crew, in anticipation of light conditions in San Diego. Sarah Hermus, Marisa…

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Lady Rams 3rd at N E Champs – Qualify for Nationals

The Lady Rams wrapped up their 2016 regular season with a solid 3rd place finish at the New England Championships held at Yale April 23-24. Rachel Bryer and Hannah Scanlon continued their terrific season with a 3rd in A Division. Sarah Hermus and Marisa Decollibus were 4th in B, only 3 points out of 2nd….

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Spring and Fall 2016 Schedule

Date Event
February 27-28

*College of Charleston Women’s Interconference

March 5-6

Thames TR @ Conn College in FJs
Sharpe TR @ Brown in Z420s

March 12-13

*Wood TR @ Harvard in FJs
Icebreaker Fleet Race @ Conn College in FJs
Arctic Circle TR @ MIT in FJs

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