The Boston College Sailing Team is an organized competitive varsity squad that competes at the intercollegiate level through the auspices of the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association of North America.
The Eagles participate in the New England district of the eight-region ICYRA.
Last spring, the sailing Eagles enjoyed one of their most successful seasons ever - finishing second in New England and qualifying for the ICYRA's National Dinghy Championships held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. BC finished eighth in the national championship regatta, and junior Peter Spaulding (Waretown, N.J.) became the first Eagle skipper since 1950 to earn All-America honors in the sport.
Spaulding, was skipper of the Eagles' "A Division" entry in the three-day national championship. He and junior crew member Jen Rovegno (Paris, France) sailed BC's top boat to a fourth-place finish in individual competition at the regatta, which was won by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Also competing for Boston College at the ICYRA National Championship Regatta were skippers Chris Murray, a sophomore from South Dartmouth, Mass.; Joe Aleardi, a sophomore from Mattapoisett, Mass.; and Tobin Tornehl, a senior from Mequon, Wis.
Crew members for the BC boats were Ted Grayson, a junior from Minneapolis, Minn.; Liz Connolly, a junior from Newtown Square, Pa.; and Anne Bohlen, a sophomore from Mystic, Conn.
Competition includes scheduled events at the varsity (co-ed men's and women's) level; women's-only events; and freshman-only events. Most racing is done in two-person dinghies (e.g. 420s or Larks), but there are also single-handed events, boardsailing and sloop/keelboat competitions. District winners in each event qualify for national championship competition.
Boston College has also recently established a Big Boat program, which enables crews of eight to compete in such major races as the MacMillan Cup and Kennedy Cup competitions at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. These sailors practice on a Ron Holland Custom 40 sloop - Face Off.
Eagle sailing is a competitive racing team with a full-time head coach and two part-time assistants, yet it remains as a largely student-run organization.
New England collegiate sailing is highly-competitive, yet Boston College has done well over the years. The Eagles have been nationally-ranked by Sail Magazine; team members regularly compete in intersectional regattas and the national championships; and several BC sailing alumni have engaged in Olympic campaigns.
The Eagles' "Home Port"
The Boston College Sailing Team practices at the MIT Sailing Pavilion, located in Cambridge on the picturesque Charles River Basin - a mecca for serious sailing competitors. MIT generously allows Boston College to utilize the Tech fleet and facilities for practices.
Weekend competition can be in the form of one- or two-day regattas, both in the fall (September-October) or in the spring (April-May.) On any given weekend, different crews of four to six team members are competition at various locations in New England.
The BC Fleet
MIT makes the following boats available to the Boston College Sailing Team:
31 Tech Dinghies
2 Hobie Cats
5 Miscellaneous Craft
Boston College also sails a Ron Holland Custom 40 Sloop.