The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) is one of the seven conferences affiliated with the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) that schedule and administer regattas within their established geographic regions.
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is a volunteer organization that serves as the governing authority for all sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada.
NEISA is one of the oldest and largest conferences, organizing intercollegiate sailing in New England, which includes 57 member schools including club teams and varsity programs. All conferences host their own 6 conference championships every year and gain berths to the corresponding national championships based on conference size.NEISA is managed by an executive board run primarily by student volunteers and team coaches.
Sailing employs the wind—acting on sails, wingsails or kites—to propel a craft on the surface of the water, on ice (iceboat) or on land over a chosen course, which is often part of a larger plan of navigation.
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) holds National Championships in six different categories: Women’s Single-handed, Men’s Single-Handed, Match Racing, Women’s Dinghy, Coed Dinghy, and Team Racing. Since college sailing is a fall and spring sport, three of these championships are held in the fall and three are held in the spring. The college team that compiles the best overall record in the six categories is awarded the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy.
The New England Schools Sailing Association is unrelated and is a sailing association for high schools.
The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 26, 1949. This group of initially 21 teams joined with the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, and later the Midwest College Sailing Association and Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association to form the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association of North America.This Association worked to standardize rules and create entry and eligibility regulations, as well as broaden the scope of its competitions. From the beginning of college sailing, all regattas have been sailed in the host school's fleet of boats. Early on there was little consistency in the type of boat across different parts of the country and even between neighboring schools. Over time however, many schools have transitioned from various single-sail dinghies to use more durable and faster two-sail boats such as the FJ and Club 420.
Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) is one of the seven conferences affiliated with the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association that schedule and administer regattas within their established geographic regions.
The Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) is one of the seven conferences within the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, the governing body for collegiate competition in the sport of sailing.
The International Flying Junior or FJ is a sailing dinghy which was originally designed in 1955 in the Netherlands by renowned boat designer Van Essen and Olympic sailor Conrad Gülcher. The FJ was built to serve as a training boat for the then Olympic-class Flying Dutchman. The FJ has a beam of 4'11" and an overall sail area of 100 square feet (9.3 m2). These dimensions make the FJ an ideal class to teach young sailors the skills of boat handling and racing.
NEISA is a largely run and regulated by in-conference coaches and sailors. Members of the Executive Committee are elected annually at the NEISA Annual Meeting held late Fall. There is currently no term-limit for Executive Committee members. As of Spring, 2019 the Executive Committee was as follows.
|Commissioner||Justin Assad||Dartmouth College|
|President||Kevin Coakley '17||Harvard University|
|Vice President||Walter Florio||Connecticut College|
|Secretary||Charlie Welsh '17||Boston University|
|Treasurer||Alden Reid||Boston College|
|Schedule Coordinator||Frank Pizzo||Bowdoin College|
|Northern Regional Director||Diana Weidenbacker||University of New Hampshire|
|Central Regional Director||Mike OConnor||Harvard University|
|Southern Regional Director||John Mollicone||Brown University|
|Director of Boats & Safety||Fran Charles||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Director of Special Projects||Brian Swingly||U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|Northern Regional Representative||Casey Astiz||Middlebury College|
|Central Regional Representative||Tyler Paige||Tufts University|
|Southern Regional Representative||Sarah Morin||University of Rhode Island|
|At Large Representative/Social Media Chair||Ally Schwerdtfeger||Bentley University|
|At Large Representative/Scheduling Assistant||Peter Lynn||Boston College|
NEISA runs and hosts six in-conference championships, as well as sends teams to national championship events managed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
For Coed teams, these in-conference championships include:
For Women's teams, these in-conference championships include:
For full article on national sailing championships, see Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Championships
The number of berths NEISA teams are given to national championships depend on the event and are determined by ICSA at the beginning of every Year. As NEISA is one of the largest conferences, it is annually given more berths than the smaller conferences. The representing teams from NEISA are determined by the corresponding In-Conference Championships.
For Coed teams, these national championships include:
For Women's teams, these national championships include:
Since 2008, Inter-collegiate racing results are documented using College Sailing Techscore, a website which records live race results for current regattas, as well as documents past seasons.NEISA also creates in-conference team rankings every Fall based on the best regatta results of each team and the relative difficulty/ size of the regattas those results came from. A team's score is calculated by summing their top 5 scoring regattas and also their score at the New England Fall Championships. These scores are compiled to rank all participating teams. Teams that are not listed on the rankings did not sail a scored regatta during that Season.
|Coed Team End-of-Season Rankings by Year|
|Rank||Fall 2013||Fall 2014||Fall 2015||Fall 2016||Fall 2017||Fall 2018|
|1st||Yale University||Yale University||Boston College||Yale University||Yale University||Yale University|
|2nd||Boston College||Dartmouth College||Yale University||Tufts University||Dartmouth College||Harvard University|
|3rd||Harvard University||Boston College||Harvard University||Dartmouth College||Roger Williams University||Bowdoin College|
|4th||Dartmouth College||Tufts University||Coast Guard Academy||Boston College||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Dartmouth College|
|5th||Roger Williams University||Roger Williams University||Boston University||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Boston University||Roger Williams University|
|6th||Tufts University||Harvard University||Dartmouth College||Bowdoin College||Tufts University||Boston College|
|7th||Brown University||Brown University||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Boston University||Boston College||Brown University|
|8th||Connecticut College||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Roger Williams University||Coast Guard Academy||Harvard University||Boston University|
|9th||University of Vermont||University of Vermont||Brown University||Roger Williams University||Brown University||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|10th||Coast Guard Academy||Coast Guard Academy||Bowdoin College||Harvard||Bowdoin College||Tufts University|
|11th||Boston University||Boston University||Tufts University||Brown University||Connecticut College||University of Rhode Island|
|12th||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Bowdoin College||University of Rhode Island||University of Rhode Island||Coast Guard Academy||Coast Guard Academy|
|13th||Bowdoin College||University of Rhode Island||Connecticut College||Connecticut College||University of Rhode Island||Connecticut College|
|14th||Northeastern University||Connecticut College||University of Vermont||University of Vermont||Salve Regina University||University of Vermont|
|15th||University of Rhode Island||Northeastern University||Northeastern University||Northeastern University||Northeastern University||Northeastern University|
|16th||Salve Regina University||Salve Regina University||Salve Regina University||McGill University||University of Vermont||Salve Regina University|
|17th||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||University of Connecticut||Johnson and Wales University||Salve Regina University||University of New Hampshire||Massachusetts Maritime Academy|
|18th||Bates College||McGill University||University of Connecticut||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Maine Maritime Academy|
|19th||University of New Hampshire||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Middlebury College||McGill University||Bates College|
|20th||McGill University||University of New Hampshire||McGill University||Johnson and Wales University||Bates College||McGill University|
|21st||Middlebury College||Middlebury College||Bates College||University of New Hampshire||Middlebury College||University of Massachusetts/Amherst|
|22nd||Providence College||Johnson and Wales University||Middlebury College||Maine Maritime Academy||University of Massachusetts/Amherst||Middlebury College|
|23rd||University of Connecticut||Bates College||University of New Hampshire||Bates College||Maine Maritime Academy||Wentworth|
|24th||Holy Cross College||Wesleyan||Providence College||University of Connecticut||University of Connecticut||Bentley University|
|25th||Maine Maritime Academy||Amherst||Wesleyan||Wesleyan||Johnson and Wales University||Johnson and Wales University|
|26th||Johnson and Wales University||Worcester Polytechnical Institute||Sacred Heart University||University of Massachusetts/Amherst||Wesleyan||University of Connecticut|
|27th||Wesleyan||Sacred Heart University||University of Massachusetts/Amherst||Providence College||Fairfield University||Emmanuel College|
|28th||Williams College||Providence College||Wentworth||Worcester Polytechnical Institute||Bentley College||Fairfield University|
|29th||Amherst||University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth||University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth||Sacred Heart University||Providence College||Providence College|
|30th||Bentley College||Maine Maritime Academy||Worcester Polytechnical Institute||Bentley College||University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth||Sacred Heart University|
|31st||Sacred Heart University||Holy Cross College||Wellesley College||Fairfield University||Worcester Polytechnical Institute||University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth|
|32nd||Trinity||Fairfield University||Brandeis University||University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth||Sacred Heart University||University of New Hampshire|
|33rd||Brandeis University||Williams College||Maine Maritime Academy||Emmanuel College||Amherst College||Wellesley College|
|34th||Mitchell College||Wellesley College||Fairfield University||Wellesley College||Williams College||Wesleyan|
|35th||University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth||Brandeis University||Emmanuel College||Emmanuel College||Williams|
|36th||Wellesley College||Bentley College||Williams College||Worcester Polytechnical Institute|
|37th||Worcester Polytechnical Institute||Colleges of the Fenway||Holy Cross College|
|38th||Mitchell College||University of New England|
|Women's Team End-of-Season Rankings by Year|
|Rank||Fall 2013||Fall 2014||Fall 2015||Fall 2016||Fall 2017||Fall 2018|
|1st||Yale University||Boston College||University of Rhode Island||Yale University||Coast Guard Academy||Brown University|
|2nd||Dartmouth College||Yale University||Coast Guard Academy||Boston College||Yale University||Yale University|
|3rd||Boston College||Coast Guard Academy||Bowdoin College||University of Rhode Island||Brown University||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|4th||Brown University||Brown University||Yale University||Brown University||Boston College||Dartmouth College|
|5th||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Bowdoin College||Dartmouth College||Boston University||Dartmouth College||Boston College|
|6th||Coast Guard Academy||University of Vermont||Tufts University||Coast Guard Academy||Connecticut College||Boston University|
|7th||University of Rhode Island||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Boston University||Harvard||Boston University||University of Rhode Island|
|8th||Bowdoin College||Dartmouth College||University of Vermont||University of Vermont||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Harvard|
|9th||Roger Williams University||University of Rhode Island||Boston College||Connecticut College||University of Rhode Island||Tufts University|
|10th||University of Vermont||Connecticut College||Brown University||Tufts University||Tufts University||Bowdoin College|
|11th||Boston University||Tufts University||Connecticut College||Dartmouth College||Harvard University||Coast Guard Academy|
|12th||Harvard University||Harvard University||Northeastern University||Roger Williams University||University of Vermont||Northeastern University|
|13th||Connecticut College||Boston University||Harvard University||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Northeastern University||University of Vermont|
|14th||Tufts University||Northeastern University||Roger Williams University||Northeastern University||Bowdoin College||Roger Williams University|
|15th||Northeastern University||Roger Williams University||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Bowdoin College||Roger Williams University||Connecticut College|
|16th||Salve Regina University||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||University of New Hampshire||Fairfield University||Salve Regina University||Salve Regina University|
|17th||Middlebury College||Middlebury College|
|18th||Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Salve Regina University|
|19th||University of Connecticut|
|20th||University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth|
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