After returning to College Sailing in 2000, Fordham resurrected the Jesuit Cup Regatta and the Greater New York Dinghy Championship, two historical competitions, which were inaugurated in 1955 and 1948 respectively. Today these events continue as the Jesuit Open Interconference Regatta and the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta.
Jesuit Open Interconference Regatta
Originally a MAISA only, biannual “Triangular” organized by Fordham, Georgetown and St. Joseph’s College of Philadelphia, the competition initially rotated between Georgetown, which sailed out of the Washington Marina in Virginia, and St. Joseph’s, which shared a fleet of four wooden Flying Juniors with Haverford, Swarthmore & the University of Pennsylvania at the Cooper River Yacht Club in New Jersey. In the fall of 1957, Fordham obtained a fleet of four fiberglass Interclub dinghies and hosted the spring 1958 event, which included the University of Detroit, a Jesuit school from the MCSA. Detroit won and took the Jesuit Cup, which had been donated by the Fordham Sailing Team in 1955, back to the Motor City.
In 1958, the event was held once and it became an annual competition in 1962. Boston College and Holy Cross from NEISA eventually participated. After winning the event in 1970 and ’71, Sailing lost its varsity status and the competition ceased in 1972.
In 2001, with a fleet of six, brand new 420s, Fordham resurrected the Jesuit Cup Regatta. Fordham alumnus, Greg Scalzi ’75 found the original Jesuit Cup in his attic, where it had been for 27 years, and the competition, originally open only to Jesuit schools, was expanded to include all Catholic schools. Over the next few years, in addition to Fordham & Georgetown, participating schools included Loyola (MD), MAISA; Fairfield & Holy Cross, NEISA; John Carroll, Marquette & Notre Dame, MCSA, and Loyola (NO), SEISA.
As Fordham added more boats, the regatta became a 10-school event, and after Fordham & Columbia collaborated to purchase 20 boats in 2010, it was renamed the Jesuit Open Interconference Regatta, and became an 18-team competition open to all ICSA teams.
Winners Spring (S) and Fall (F)
1955 - Georgetown (S) 2002 - Georgetown
1956 - Georgetown (S) 2003 - Georgetown
1957 - Fordham (S) 2004 - Georgetown
1958 - Detroit 2005 - Georgetown
1959 - Georgetown (S) 2006 - Georgetown
1960 - Georgetown 2007 - Georgetown
1961 - Georgetown (S) 2008 - Georgetown
1962 - Boston College 2009 - Fordham
1963 - Georgetown 2010 - Fordham
1964 - Georgetown 2011 - Tufts
1965 - Georgetown 2012 - Fordham
1966 - Georgetown 2013 - Hobart/Wm. Smith
1967 - Holy Cross
1968 - Holy Cross
1969 - Georgetown
1970 - Fordham
1971 - Fordham
Greater New York Dinghy Regatta
The Faculty Advisors' Trophy is one of the oldest awards in College Sailing. From the "Deed of the Gift…”
“A championship for the colleges of New York's metropolitan area was planned in 1947 but its inauguration was delayed by bad weather until the following spring when the faculty advisors of Cooper Union, Kings Point, New York State Maritime, Stevens Tech and Webb Institute, the five original contestants, presented a permanent trophy in the form of a plaque containing a half-model of the Interclub Dinghy. Hofstra will become a regular participant at the next championship, and other metropolitan colleges will be eligible upon joining the Association (MAISA). It is as yet uncertain whether the Greater New York Championship, a two-crew event, will be held annually or semi-annually.”
In addition to the charter colleges named above, Fordham, Columbia, Army, Princeton & Rutgers were soon added.
Until the early to mid-70’s, events such as this were held twice annually.
Kings Point hosted this championship 36X from the spring of 1948 through the spring of 1978. It is not known why the competition ceased after 1978 but in 2002, the Faculty Advisors’ Trophy was found in a closet at Kings Point and transferred to Fordham University, which resurrected this event as an annual regatta. In 2005, when Fordham’s fleet was expanded to 10 boats, the competition was open to all MAISA teams and the name of the event changed to the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta. After Fordham and Columbia created their joint venture in 2011, the regatta was expanded to 18 teams and NEISA was invited to participate.
From 1948-1978, the championship was won by Kings Point 26x, Webb Institute 6x, NYS Maritime 5x and Columbia, Cooper Union and Stevens once each. Since its renaissance in 2002, the regatta has been won by Fordham 5x, Kings Point 2x and Columbia, SUNY Maritime, Dartmouth, Tufts and Brown once each.
Fordham and Columbia now cohost these two major 18-team regattas. The former attracts top teams from multiple conferences while the latter has become a very competitive, MAISA-NEISA event. Moreover, because of the synergy created by the FORDHAM-COLUMBIA joint venture, the MAISA Executive Committee has added the Rams and Lions as cohosts of other important competitions, such as the MAISA Club Teams' Championship and the North Fall Qualifier for the WAR Memorial Fall Conference Championship. As Fordham and Columbia continue to collaborate, cohosting more competitive events is anticipated.
Racing on Eastchester Bay with the New York City skyline, including the Chrysler,
Empire State, Met Life, and CitiCorp buildings, in the background