New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association

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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. [1]

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 regatta held in fleet of MIT Fire Fly Dinghies on the Charles River NEISA Sailing Regatta.jpg
NEISA regatta held in fleet of MIT Fire Fly Dinghies on the Charles River

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. [2] NEISA is managed by an executive board run primarily by student volunteers and team coaches. [3]

Sailing Propulsion of a vehicle by wind power

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. [3]


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. [3] This Association worked to standardize rules and create entry and eligibility regulations, as well as broaden the scope of its competitions. [3] 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. [4]

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.

Flying Junior

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. [5]

CommissionerJustin Assad Dartmouth College
PresidentKevin Coakley '17 Harvard University
Vice PresidentWalter Florio Connecticut College
SecretaryCharlie Welsh '17 Boston University
TreasurerAlden Reid Boston College
Schedule CoordinatorFrank Pizzo Bowdoin College
Northern Regional DirectorDiana Weidenbacker University of New Hampshire
Central Regional DirectorMike OConnor Harvard University
Southern Regional DirectorJohn Mollicone Brown University
Director of Boats & SafetyFran Charles Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director of Special ProjectsBrian Swingly U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Northern Regional RepresentativeCasey Astiz Middlebury College
Central Regional RepresentativeTyler Paige Tufts University
Southern Regional RepresentativeSarah Morin University of Rhode Island
At Large Representative/Social Media ChairAlly Schwerdtfeger Bentley University
At Large Representative/Scheduling AssistantPeter 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.

In-conference Championships [3]

For Coed teams, these in-conference championships include:

For Women's teams, these in-conference championships include:

National Championships [1]

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:

Results and Rankings

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. [6] 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. [3] 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 [3] [7]
RankFall 2013Fall 2014Fall 2015Fall 2016Fall 2017Fall 2018
1stYale UniversityYale UniversityBoston CollegeYale UniversityYale UniversityYale University
2ndBoston CollegeDartmouth CollegeYale UniversityTufts UniversityDartmouth CollegeHarvard University
3rdHarvard UniversityBoston CollegeHarvard UniversityDartmouth CollegeRoger Williams UniversityBowdoin College
4thDartmouth CollegeTufts UniversityCoast Guard AcademyBoston CollegeMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyDartmouth College
5thRoger Williams UniversityRoger Williams UniversityBoston UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBoston UniversityRoger Williams University
6thTufts UniversityHarvard UniversityDartmouth CollegeBowdoin CollegeTufts UniversityBoston College
7thBrown UniversityBrown UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBoston UniversityBoston CollegeBrown University
8thConnecticut CollegeMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyRoger Williams UniversityCoast Guard AcademyHarvard UniversityBoston University
9thUniversity of VermontUniversity of VermontBrown UniversityRoger Williams UniversityBrown UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
10thCoast Guard AcademyCoast Guard AcademyBowdoin CollegeHarvardBowdoin CollegeTufts University
11thBoston UniversityBoston UniversityTufts UniversityBrown UniversityConnecticut CollegeUniversity of Rhode Island
12thMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBowdoin CollegeUniversity of Rhode IslandUniversity of Rhode IslandCoast Guard AcademyCoast Guard Academy
13thBowdoin CollegeUniversity of Rhode IslandConnecticut CollegeConnecticut CollegeUniversity of Rhode IslandConnecticut College
14thNortheastern UniversityConnecticut CollegeUniversity of VermontUniversity of VermontSalve Regina UniversityUniversity of Vermont
15thUniversity of Rhode IslandNortheastern UniversityNortheastern UniversityNortheastern UniversityNortheastern UniversityNortheastern University
16thSalve Regina UniversitySalve Regina UniversitySalve Regina UniversityMcGill UniversityUniversity of VermontSalve Regina University
17thMassachusetts Maritime AcademyUniversity of ConnecticutJohnson and Wales UniversitySalve Regina UniversityUniversity of New HampshireMassachusetts Maritime Academy
18thBates CollegeMcGill UniversityUniversity of ConnecticutMassachusetts Maritime AcademyMassachusetts Maritime AcademyMaine Maritime Academy
19thUniversity of New HampshireMassachusetts Maritime AcademyMassachusetts Maritime AcademyMiddlebury CollegeMcGill UniversityBates College
20thMcGill UniversityUniversity of New HampshireMcGill UniversityJohnson and Wales UniversityBates CollegeMcGill University
21stMiddlebury CollegeMiddlebury CollegeBates CollegeUniversity of New HampshireMiddlebury CollegeUniversity of Massachusetts/Amherst
22ndProvidence CollegeJohnson and Wales UniversityMiddlebury CollegeMaine Maritime AcademyUniversity of Massachusetts/AmherstMiddlebury College
23rdUniversity of ConnecticutBates CollegeUniversity of New HampshireBates CollegeMaine Maritime AcademyWentworth
24thHoly Cross CollegeWesleyanProvidence CollegeUniversity of ConnecticutUniversity of ConnecticutBentley University
25thMaine Maritime AcademyAmherstWesleyanWesleyanJohnson and Wales UniversityJohnson and Wales University
26thJohnson and Wales UniversityWorcester Polytechnical InstituteSacred Heart UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts/AmherstWesleyanUniversity of Connecticut
27thWesleyanSacred Heart UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts/AmherstProvidence CollegeFairfield UniversityEmmanuel College
28thWilliams CollegeProvidence CollegeWentworthWorcester Polytechnical InstituteBentley CollegeFairfield University
29thAmherstUniversity of Massachusetts/DartmouthUniversity of Massachusetts/DartmouthSacred Heart UniversityProvidence CollegeProvidence College
30thBentley CollegeMaine Maritime AcademyWorcester Polytechnical InstituteBentley CollegeUniversity of Massachusetts/DartmouthSacred Heart University
31stSacred Heart UniversityHoly Cross CollegeWellesley CollegeFairfield UniversityWorcester Polytechnical InstituteUniversity of Massachusetts/Dartmouth
32ndTrinityFairfield UniversityBrandeis UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts/DartmouthSacred Heart UniversityUniversity of New Hampshire
33rdBrandeis UniversityWilliams CollegeMaine Maritime AcademyEmmanuel CollegeAmherst CollegeWellesley College
34thMitchell CollegeWellesley CollegeFairfield UniversityWellesley CollegeWilliams CollegeWesleyan
35thUniversity of Massachusetts/DartmouthBrandeis UniversityEmmanuel CollegeEmmanuel CollegeWilliams
36thWellesley CollegeBentley CollegeWilliams CollegeWorcester Polytechnical Institute
37thWorcester Polytechnical InstituteColleges of the FenwayHoly Cross College
38thMitchell CollegeUniversity of New England
Women's Team End-of-Season Rankings by Year [3]
RankFall 2013Fall 2014Fall 2015Fall 2016Fall 2017Fall 2018
1stYale UniversityBoston CollegeUniversity of Rhode IslandYale UniversityCoast Guard AcademyBrown University
2ndDartmouth CollegeYale UniversityCoast Guard AcademyBoston CollegeYale UniversityYale University
3rdBoston CollegeCoast Guard AcademyBowdoin CollegeUniversity of Rhode IslandBrown UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
4thBrown UniversityBrown UniversityYale UniversityBrown UniversityBoston CollegeDartmouth College
5thMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBowdoin CollegeDartmouth CollegeBoston UniversityDartmouth CollegeBoston College
6thCoast Guard AcademyUniversity of VermontTufts UniversityCoast Guard AcademyConnecticut CollegeBoston University
7thUniversity of Rhode IslandMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBoston UniversityHarvardBoston UniversityUniversity of Rhode Island
8thBowdoin CollegeDartmouth CollegeUniversity of VermontUniversity of VermontMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyHarvard
9thRoger Williams UniversityUniversity of Rhode IslandBoston CollegeConnecticut CollegeUniversity of Rhode IslandTufts University
10thUniversity of VermontConnecticut CollegeBrown UniversityTufts UniversityTufts UniversityBowdoin College
11thBoston UniversityTufts UniversityConnecticut CollegeDartmouth CollegeHarvard UniversityCoast Guard Academy
12thHarvard UniversityHarvard UniversityNortheastern UniversityRoger Williams UniversityUniversity of VermontNortheastern University
13thConnecticut CollegeBoston UniversityHarvard UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyNortheastern UniversityUniversity of Vermont
14thTufts UniversityNortheastern UniversityRoger Williams UniversityNortheastern UniversityBowdoin CollegeRoger Williams University
15thNortheastern UniversityRoger Williams UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBowdoin CollegeRoger Williams UniversityConnecticut College
16thSalve Regina UniversityMassachusetts Maritime AcademyUniversity of New HampshireFairfield UniversitySalve Regina UniversitySalve Regina University
17thMiddlebury CollegeMiddlebury College
18thMassachusetts Maritime AcademySalve Regina University
19thUniversity of Connecticut
20thUniversity of Massachusetts/Dartmouth


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