ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Eight midshipmen from the Naval Academy's Varsity Offshore Sailing Team won the prestigious John F. Kennedy Cup Regatta, a national sailing championship that took place Nov. 4-6 in Annapolis, Md.
The Kennedy Cup is a three day, 10-race series regatta against the best intercollegiate big boat squads in the nation. This year's competitors included Navy, the University of Michigan, the California Maritime Academy, SUNY Maritime, the Coast Guard Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, St. Mary's College, Maine Maritime Academy and the U.S. Military Academy.
"Winning the Kennedy Cup is a huge accomplishment for our entire team and I couldn't be prouder of them. Like true champions, Midshipman Rossiter and his crew peaked at just at the right time," said head coach Jahn Tihansky. "I'm truly honored to be associated with these fine young men and women."
The Naval Academy last won the Kennedy Cup in 2007. Their 2011 Kennedy Cup victory and National Championship now qualifies Navy to sail internationally next fall and compete in France at the 2012 Student Yachting World Cup.
"I'm extremely proud of our midshipmen," said Cmdr. Chris Thomassy, director of the Naval Academy sailing program. "Winning the 2011 Kennedy Cup and ICSA Offshore National Championship makes a statement. It says that in the heart of the Sailing Capital of America, the United States Naval Academy continues to put a premium on developing exceptional naval officers through a world-class competitive sailing program.
"It lets those who have volunteered, supported and encouraged our program over many years know that Navy sailing and the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron are doing better than great, thanks to their involvement," Thomassy added.
The eight winning midshipman who represented Navy were Midshipman 1st Class Dillon Rossiter (skipper), Midshipmen 2nd Class Chris Paulson (XO/helm), Eric More (main trimmer), and Phil Reynolds (downwind trimmer), Midshipmen 1st Class Adam Albrecht (bowman), Schyler Widman (mastman), and Ben Rowe (upwind trimmer), and Midshipman 3rd Class Jon Driesslein (pit tactics).
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