Chestertown, MD — The 4th annual Washington College All-America Regatta will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday March 18 on the Chester River off the Lelia Hynson Boating Pavilion. The All-America Regatta recognizes excellence in college sailing, taking competitors back to basics. To be invited, all competitors must have achieved All-American status during their collegiate careers. That high standard has made the event one of the most prestigious Collegiate Afterguard Regattas in the country. In addition to All-American honors, many of the participants have competed in the America's Cup, the Olympics and national championships. Several have received College Sailing's most prestigious honor, the Everett Morris Trophy, presented annually to the college sailor of the year.
The regatta will be sailed in Washington College's fleet of 15-foot Flying Junior dinghies, a popular class for collegiate racing and an exciting challenge for the competitors. The event offers a rare opportunity for these world-class sailors to compete in short-course racing in small, high-performance sailboats. Bill Ward, Washington College Head Sailing Coach, has assembled a competitive field of All-Americans from around the nation. This year's participants include Terry Hutchinson, a two-time College Sailor of the Year from Old Dominion University, main trimmer for AmericaOne, and Louis Vuitton Cup Finalist in the 1999-2000 America's Cup; Senet Bischoff, 1996 Sailor of the Year from Tufts University; John Wright 1971 College Sailor of the Year from King's Point and 1987 America's Cup Veteran; Scott Steele All-American from St. Mary's College and 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist.
Other former All-Americans include Jim Weber and Todd Hudgins from Old Dominion University; Scott Nixon and Peter McChesney from St. Mary's College; Chad Demarest from the Coast Guard Academy; Stan Schreyer from Boston University, the 1999 Collegiate National Champions; and Women's All-American Amy Rosenfeld from Brown University. As it has in the past, this year's the All-America regatta should provide competitive, spectator-friendly racing with excellent views from the Lelia Hynson Pavilion. For more information, contact Bill Ward, head sailing coach, Washington College, 410-778-7242.