Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

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If you are a prospective student, parent of a prospective student, alumnus or friend of Fordham Sailing, we hope that you enjoy this overview of our program. If you seek directions and have a GPS, input 25 City Island Avenue, Bronx, NY 10464, the address of our homeport, Morris Yacht & Beach Club, or go to the Sailing Venue page and click the link to the MY&BC web site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Joe Sullivan
Director of Sailing

Fordham is a member of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA), one of seven regional conferences of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association of North America (ICSA), the governing body of College Sailing in the USA.

Fourteen years ago, led by seven undergraduates, who dared to dream, Fordham returned to College Sailing after
a 27-year hiatus. Their goals for the program were:

1. To qualify for and win the ICSA Coed, Women’s, and Team Racing National Championships.
2. To improve the sailing skills of all team members throughout the season.
3. To have fun doing so


Norfleet Appointed Head Coach, Fordham Sailing Team

Johnny Norfleet, former Head Coach of the University of Pennsylvania Sailing Team and Assistant Coach of the Hobart and William Smith Sailing Team has been named Head Coach of the Fordham University Sailing Team effective July 1, 2014, it was announced by Director of Sailing Joseph J. Sullivan, Jr.

Norfleet grew up in Kingston, MA and began his sailing career in the Optimist class at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton, Bermuda.  While living in Bermuda, Johnny competed for the Bermuda National Optimist Team at a number of USODA and IODA championship events including one South American and two North American Championships. Subsequently, he competed in double-handed high school sailing as a member of the St. George's School team.  At St. George's, he was a member of the team, which won the 2008 ISSA Team Racing Championship (Baker Trophy). Johnny spent two years as a member of the University of Vermont Sailing Team before transferring to Hobart College, where during his senior year, he served as captain of the Sailing Team and was named an ICSA All-American sailor.

An Economics Major, Johnny earned his bachelor's degree cum laude in May 2013. He was a Dean's List student and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon, the National Economics Honor Society. Norfleet was awarded the Blair C. Currie Prize in Economics, having achieved the highest GPA of any graduating Hobart economics major. He was also named to the 2013 ICSA All-Academic Team.  Johnny has spent the past seven years coaching at a number of successful, summer racing programs including the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Edgartown Yacht Club and Wianno Yacht Club.

According to Sullivan, a four-month, nationwide search was conducted to identify and recruit the most viable candidate, who would provide the best combination of integrity, intelligence, leadership, teaching ability, communication, and interpersonal relationship skills, plus sailing knowledge, racing experience and personal growth potential. "Johnny Norfleet was the unanimous choice of our three-person search committee," said Sullivan, "as the individual most likely to continue the upward trajectory of our program and take us to the next level in College Sailing."

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