10 November 2010

ICSA Match Race Nationals Press Release

The Press Release for the ICSA Match Race Championships, hosted at KP
November 19-21! Our team is getting excited!



Kings Point, NY 11/10/10 - ICSA Sloop National Championship takes a new

Starting this year the Cornelius Shields Trophy will take a new
direction and 2010 will be the inaugural ICSA Match Race National
Championship. Instead of being a fleet race in sloops, the championship
will be contested in as a match race; this new format, although new to
college sailing, is not a new discipline in sailing. Organized match
racing started with the America's Cup in 1851 and has been growing ever
since. Now, throughout the country, there are weekly match race events,
regional match race centers, and even women's match racing in the
Olympics. The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) realized
interest was growing in this exciting discipline and decided to make a

The actual format of the Shields Trophy is the same; teams still need to
qualify in their conferences to advance to the National Championship.
The new conference match race qualifiers have proved to be very
competitive and this change gives a great opportunity to bring head to
head competition against schools. Due to the match race format, the
regatta will now have a qualifying round, semifinals, and finals to
determine the champion. This format replicates that of many other
sports, such as the NCAA Basketball National Championship bracket and
the FIFA World Cup.

There will be ten teams from the seven different conferences in ICSA and
each team has qualified for the event by sailing in their conference
championship. The championship is being held at the U. S. Merchant
Marine Academy on November 19th -21st, 2010 in a fleet of Sonars. Each
team will have a crew of either 4 or 5 sailors and at least one female.

The ICSA Match Racing Championship is made possible by the support of
the USMMA Sailing Foundation, the Chicago Match Race Center and the
Intercollegiate Sailing Association.

The teams that qualified for the championship are:

Mid Atlantic (MAISA): St. Mary's College of Maryland, US Merchant Marine
Academy - Kings Point
Mid West (MCSA): University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota
New England (NEISA): Boston College, Brown University
North West (NWICSA): University of Washington
Pacific Coast (PCCSC): California Maritime Academy
South Atlantic (SAISA): College of Charleston
South Eastern (SEISA): Tulane University

Follow the regatta at www.collegematchrace.com and

For more information, please contact Michael Collins, Assistant
Intercollegiate Sailing Coach, US Merchant Marine Academy

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