FORT WORTH, TX - The Tufts sailing team won their first-ever Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Match Racing National Championship over the weekend on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth. This is one of six college sailing national titles, but the only one to have eluded the Jumbos before today.
The finals on Sunday came down to the last race in a best out of three against Yale. The Bulldogs won the opener when Tufts was flagged for a penalty at the start, which they could not overcome. In race two Yale jumped the gun and had to restart, which allowed Tufts to lead from start to finish. Tufts led Yale by only inches at the start of the third race, but slowly pulled away all the way to the finish in fifteen knot winds for the victory.
In the semi-finals, Tufts had bested Georgetown 3-0. Tufts won two races easily with superior speed, but the middle race saw a finish-line thriller with dramatic boat on boat maneuvering that included minor contact which the umpires decided in Tufts' favor.
St. Mary's College won the first round-robin on Friday in very light winds on a tie-break over Tufts and Georgetown.
The winning team consisted of junior skipper Will Haeger (Lake Forest, IL), junior mainsheet and tactician Solomon Krevans (Bar Harbor, ME), junior foredeck David Liebenberg (Livermore, CA), and junior trimmer Paula Grasberger (Salem, MA). Head coach Ken Legler was also on hand.
Jumbo Sailing now has 24 ICSA titles. They have won five Dinghy Nationals, eight Women's Nationals, five Team Racing Nationals, four Men's Single-handed Nationals, and one Women's Single-handed Nationals to go with today's Match Race Nationals.