University of Pennsylvania Sailing Team


he University of Pennsylvania Sailing Team has a long tradition of excellence in inter-collegiate sailing. Founded in the early days of collegiate sailing, Penn continues to compete at the highest levels of college sailing to this day. Throughout the team’s history at Penn, it has achieved much success — in the 1970s, when the men’s basketball team was making news by winning Ivy titles and reaching the Final Four, sailors like Robert “Jack” Lefort Jr C’76, and 12-time national champion Cory Fischer Sertl C’80 were competing with success against powerhouse teams like Navy, the Merchant Marine Academy, Yale and Harvard. Penn still competes against these teams, and despite struggling to find a footing for many years has in the past decade regained prominence due to the incredible effort of many generations of teammates and alumni who give their support to the program. Penn Sailing has regained its place on the national collegiate sailing stage; most notably making the ICSA Nationals in ’08, ’09, ’16, ’17, ’18, and ’19.

Our sailing facilities are located at The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia; a short drive from Penn’s campus. We train on a fleet of both Z420s and FJs. The team practices in the ever-flowing waters of the Delaware River. Penn competes in both the Fall and Spring collegiate sailing seasons and focuses on sailing the most competitive team racing, women’s, and coed events possible.

All-Conference MAISA Honors:

  • Dana Hackett N’20 – 2019
  • Kelly Hanlon W’21 – 2019
  • Catie Hopkins C’17 – 2015, 2016, 2017
Women’s Skippers
  • Ava Esquier C’20 – First Team 2019
  • Lenox Butcher C’20 – Second Team 2019
Coed Skippers
  • Mac Agnese – Second Team 2015

All-Academic ICSA Team:

  • Keen Butcher E’18 Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
  • Carolyn Kearney E’18 – Materials Science and Engineering, Math
  • Lucy Sergeant C’18 – Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, American Public Policy
  • Catie Hopkins C’17 – Political Science and Classical Studies
  • Caroline Garth C’17 – Philosophy, Policy, and Economics
  • Carolyn Kearney E’18 – Material Science and Engineering, Art History, and Math
  • Keen Butcher E’18 – Mechanical Engineering and Applied Math
Recent Regatta Results:
  • MAISA Women’s Championship Spring 2019: 1st
  • America Trophy 2019: 7th
  • ICSA Women’s Singlehanded National Championship 2018: 6th
  • ICSA Match Race National Championships 2018: 2nd
  • MAISA Women’s Championship Fall 2018: 4th
  • War Memorial 2018: 5th

All-Academic MAISA Team:

  • Emelia Bartusiak W’21 – Business
  • Joseph LaForgia E’21 – Computer Science
  • Tanner Probst W’21 – Business
  • Kelly Hanlon W’21 – Business
  • Jenna Weiner C’21 – Economics
  • Ava Esquier C’20 – Urban Studies
  • Dana Hackett N’20 – Nursing
  • Keen Butcher E’18 – Mechanical Engineering and Applied Math
  • Carolyn Kearney E’18 – Material Science & Engineering, Art History, and Math