Sailing Team History
During its 75 year history, the URI Sailing Team has won every major New England Championship
as well as many other District and National Championships.
Thirty team members have been named to the All-American squad.
- Nick Ewenson is named head coach, August 2011.
- In May, 2011, the URI ladies win the Collegiate Womens Championship!
- URI appeared an eleventh time at the Collegiate Keelboat World Championships in October 2009, finishing 4th.
- In June of 2009, the URI Womenís Team qualifies for its first nationals in over 30 years.
The team traveled to the west coast where they did battle against the big winds and tides of San Francisco Bay.
- URI appeared a tenth time at the Collegiate Keelboat World Championships in October 2007.
In 2007, the second brand new fleet of FJs is purchased by URI. This new fleet made specifically for URI replaces the fleet purchased in 1998.
- Matt Kastan is named to the ICSA All Academic Team. The honor is the first in URIís history.
- Joey Mello is named the Teamís second full-time head coach, September 2005.
- URI appeared a ninth time at the Collegiate Keelboat World Championships in October 2004.
- The 2002 Sloop Team takes second place at the New England Sloop Championships and qualifies for the ICSA National
Sloop Championship held at the
- New York Yacht Club on Narragansett Bay.
- In June of 2001, the University of Rhode Island Sailing Team hosted the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's North American Co-ed Dinghy
- Championships. Eighteen teams, representing the 7 ICSA districts, attended the regatta held in the Point Judith Harbor of refuge.
The top team was Tufts University, coached by URI All-American, Ken Legler.
- Scott Norris is named full-time Head Sailing Coach at the University of Rhode Island in September 2000.
This is the first full-time coach for sailing in 22 years.
- In May of 1999, the Sailing Team hosted the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Championship, the
Coast Guard Bowl, for the first time. Seventeen teams attended with the top four qualifying for the National Championships in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- Also in May of 1999, the Sailing Team hosted the Moody Trophy for the first time as an Intersectional Trophy event.
Fourteen teams competed for the Moody Trophy.
- URI appeared an eighth time at the Collegiate Keelboat World Championships in October 1998.
- In 1998, a new eighteen-boat fleet of Flying Juniors was constructed for the Sailing Team. This expansion
allows the team to host Intersectional Championships.
- In 1996, a new fleet of Tech Dinghies replaced an 18-year-old fleet. The boats have improved the lesson program
immensely and they have become popular with team members. The boats are now used for some team practices and
home regattas in conjunction with our racing fleet.
- URI appeared a seventh time at the Collegiate Keelboat World Championships in October 1996.
- Since 1992, major changes in facilities benefited both the competitive and instructional programs. The 3600 square foot Robert P. Arrigan Memorial
- Sailing Pavilion was completed in 1992. The building replaced the 1951 facility and greatly expanded the capabilities of both programs.
- The 1990 Keelboat Team, skippered by three-time All American Lars Guck, became the only US team
to win the Collegiate Keelboat World Championships and is currently the only URI athletic team to ever win a world title.
- In the mid-80s, the team's Keelboat squad gained notoriety for itself with back-to-back wins at the Kennedy Cup regatta.
This series of wins ultimately led to the Team being selected by the French organizing committee to attend the
first of six consecutive World Collegiate Keelboat Championships.
- The Sailing Team became a club sport in 1981 under the guidance of the Office of Recreation Services where it flourishes today.
- A first place finish in the Dinghy Championships in 1977 was followed by a third place in 1978. Two-time All-Americans
Gary Knapp and Ed Adams led the way.
- In 1975, the Sailing Team moved to the East Greenwich Yacht Club and won its second National Dinghy Championship.
The team also won its only National Team Race Championship that year.
- Led by All-Americans Skip Whyte and Henry Bossett, the 1971 Team won six major championships, were ranked
second nationally and finished third at the National Championships.
- The first URI sailor named to the All-American Team was Tom Dykstra in 1970.
- In 1965, URI sailors captured their first North American Dinghy Championship and were led by local sailors Art Payne and Peter Green.
RI State College Boat Club members built the first sailing facility on Salt Pond in 1951. Three principal members of that group included
Jim Leslie, Gordon Napier and Tony Faella.
- During the late 1940s, Ralph Potter helped resurrect the sailing team following its hiatus during World War II.
He also sailed for the RI State College Boat Club and led the Team to numerous wins on Narragansett Bay and
the New England Small College Championship.
- Sailing began at RI State College in 1935 under the guidance of engineering professor Edson Shock.