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 and 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, Brown and Kings Point, 2x each, and Columbia, SUNY Maritime, Dartmouth, Tufts, and The U.S. Naval Academy, once each.
Fordham and Columbia now co-host 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 co-hosts of other important competitions, such as the MAISA Club Teams' Championship and the North Qualifier for the WAR Memorial Fall Conference Championship. As Fordham and Columbia continue to collaborate, co-hosting more competitive events is anticipated.