Sailing Team News

News, Regattas & Upcoming Events

There has been a lot going on for the Sailing Team recently; read about the highlights below!

New York Yacht Club Visit

On Thursday, April 9, eleven members of the Webb Sailing Team and their coach took part in an evening at the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) in Manhattan.  Trustee/Alum Greg Matzat (’89), was kind enough to offer the team the opportunity to see the historic club, tour the model room and library, and enjoy dinner and drinks. 

One of the oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs in the country, the NYYC was founded in 1844 and has been at its current location since 1901.  One of the club’s greatest features is the Model Room—a room of extravagant architecture that’s home to 151 full rigged and 1200 half models which overwhelm “even the most frequent visitor.”  As such, it should be clear that the effect on the dozen young sailor/naval architects was immense. The team wandered slowly around the room, wondering at the incredible beauty and vast history of the items within.

The Model Room is perhaps one of the greatest illustrations of sailing yacht design, spanning more than 150 years of development.  In that century-and-a-half, designs have gone from shallow, wooden, centre-board schooners, like America — revolutionary in her time — to radical, deep-draft, high-ballast-ratio, composite sloops capable of performances that would confound the club’s 19th century founders. 

The team also toured the club’s library, which houses a vast collection of nautical literature.  Most on the team didn’t think Webb’s collection of books on these topics could be surpassed, but the NYYC library seems to have done just that.

The team wishes to extend sincerest thanks to Greg Matzat for hosting and treating us to dinner.  Whether for the sailing team or students involved in anything else, the continued support of Alumni like Greg and others who take the time to mentor and share their experiences goes a long way toward reminding us of the value of the Webb community.

Regatta Results

For the semester so far, the Webb team has seen some good results:

Date:                           Regatta:                                                                  Place:

3/13 – 3/14                Ice Free Invitational at Christopher Newport Univ.             4th /8

3/20 – 3/21                CNU 2-on-2 Invitational                                                3rd /8

4/3 – 4/4                     North Qualifier at Cornell                                             5th /12

5/1 – 5/2                     Salisbury Invitational – Gull Gust                                  3rd /7

Full reports of these regattas and full results can be found online at http://www.webb-institute.edu/sailing.html.

Upcoming

1) Webb has three regattas left for the season: the Drexel Open, the Maryland 2-on-2 over the weekend of May 8-9, and our home regatta, the Engineer’s Cup, May 15-16. Last year Webb finished second, first, and first at these regattas, respectively, so expectations are high! 

All are invited to attend our home regatta—teams will arrive Saturday morning at 9 a.m.  We would especially like to get people involved with running the regatta in terms of Race Committee. This has always been a student effort in the past, but we would like to start getting alumni and local sailors involved!  Email SailingCaptain@webb-institute.edu to express interest and for more information.

2) Webb and Webb Sailing are also planning a club night for local yacht clubs and sailing clubs. This night will feature a presentation on the topic of Experimental Naval Architecture and Yacht Design Methods, and a demonstration of the towing tank. The presentation will include a brief history as well as current work and theses in these areas.  Members from many local clubs will be invited — those interested in more information should contact Gailmarie Sujecki at gsujecki@webb-institute.edu.