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Team History

The 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 club’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, and 12-time national champion Cory Fischer Sertl were competing with success against powerhouse teams like Navy, the Merchant Marine Academy, Yale and Harvard. Penn still competes against these teams, and despite many years in obscurity has in the past decade regained prominence on the national collegiate sailing stage; most notably making the ISCA Nationals in ’08 and ’09.

“Penn Sailing is the top club team in the Mid-Atlantic division having won the MAISA Club Championships in ’09, ’10, and ’11.”

The Penn Sailing Team is currently a Club sport at the University of Pennsylvania. While we are not a varsity program, we still compete against all the best varsity and club programs from across the nation. Penn is a member of the ICSA MAISA division (Mid-Atlantic Inter-collegiate Sailing Association). Penn Sailing is the top club team in the Mid-Atlantic division having won the MAISA Club Championships in ’09, ’10, and ’11.

Our sailing facilities are located at The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia; a short drive from Penn’s campus. Our fleet consists of nine FJs. The team practices in the waters of the Delaware River. Penn competes in both the Fall and Spring collegiate sailing seasons and sails both sectional and intersectional regattas.