Northeastern Sailing is composed of around 40 dedicated and motivated student-athletes across all academic years and disciplines. We compete in both Fall and Spring seasons, sending sailors to anywhere from one to seven regattas a weekend, in locations from Maryland to Maine. Though most of our regattas are co-ed events, we have a competitive Women’s team that competes in many women’s only events, as well as the co-ed ones.
Our practices are on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, from September to November, and from late February until the end of April. We sail in our fleet of 6 high performance FJ’s, and MIT’s fleets of 18 FJs, 24 Fireflies, 31 Tech Dinghies, and 6 420s when needed.
Originally called "Northeastern Yacht Club" at its inception in 1940, the Northeastern Sailing Team is one of the oldest college sailing teams in the country. Because of our unique 78-year partnership with MIT, we have practiced out of the MIT Sailing Pavilion since our team was established, and continue to call the Charles River home.
With the progression of sailing as a collegiate sport, Northeastern became an active member of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA), one of the most competitive conferences in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA). The Boston area itself is the center of New England College Sailing, hosting 6 of the top 15 teams in NEISA, such as BU, BC, Harvard, and MIT. Exposure to the top level of competition has helped us become a more competitive team, and our growth has not stopped there!
In our Fall 2017 season, we qualified for the New England Match Race Championship and the Women’s Atlantic Coast Championship—both firsts in our team’s history. In this same season, our Women's team was ranked 15th in the country by the Sailing World Coaches' poll. Our hard work, in both practices and year round off-the-water training, has made us a top sailing team in the country.
A Course Change
In December of 2012, we received an endowment that would change our program forever. Thanks to a selfless donation from Pieter Eenkema van Dijk, we are now able to afford the salary for a long-term, high-caliber head coach. We hired Jonathan Farrar, an Olympic-level coach, whose location in Boston is a perfect match for our program.
The endowment and coaching position came at a perfect time for Northeastern, as we had been rising in New England rankings consistently over the past decade, but lacked a consistent and prominent coach to bring us to the next level. Now, with better sailing prospects coming in each year to supplement our talented team, we move forward with renewed determination, strengthened stability and heightened goals.