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About the Awards

The ICSA Trophy Case

All America honorees, annual winners of each championship, and inductees to the ICSA College Sailing Hall of Fame

Regatta Division

Leonard M. Fowle Trophy

The Fowle Trophy honors the late Graduate Secretary of the New England district and Executive Vice President of ICYRA. Len served in both posts until his death in 1973, and his devotion to college sailing is without match. College sailing today had its very beginnings in the organizational ability and personal drive of this one man. The Fowle Trophy is awarded based on the best overall performance which includes the six National Championships: Men’s Singlehandeds, Women’s Singlehandeds, Match Race, Women’s Dinghies, Team Race, and Coed Dinghies.

ICSA / Gill Coed National Championship

Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy (1st place team)
The Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy is awarded to the winning team in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. The trophy was donated by a group of nationally known yachtsmen as a memorial to Henry A. Morss, a Boston yachtsman and 1907 Bermuda Race winner, as well as an MIT alumnus and benefactor.

Oxford University Trophy (2nd place team)
This trophy was presented by the Oxford University Yacht Club team and its captain Jeremy Thomas in 1954 on the occasion of the first of a continuing series of college regattas between British and North American teams held alternately in the United States and Great Britain every two years. The trophy is awarded to the second place team in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship.

Metropolitan Sailing League Trophy (3rd place team)
This trophy was presented in 1971 and is awarded to the third place team in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship.

The Allan Trophies (Low point ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions)
The Robert Allan, Sr. and Robert Allan, Jr. Trophies are awarded to the low point skippers of “A” and “B” divisions, respectively, in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship.

Eastern & Western Coed Semifinals
Approved by the ICSA Board of Directors at the 2007 Semi Annual Meeting.  Thirty six teams qualified by formula from the seven conference championships are divided into two fleets (East & West) for the Semi Finals.  The top nine teams from each event advance to the College Sailing Coed National Championship to vie for the Henry Morss Trophy.


ICSA/Sperry Top-Sider Women’s National Championship

Gerald C. Miller Trophy (1st place team)
Gerald Miller was the coach at Boston University in the late 1960s and was one of the originators of the first women’s nationals. The trophy is awarded to the winning team of the ICSA/Sperry Top-Sider Women’s Dinghy National Championship.

New England Women’s Trophy (NEWISA Tray) (2nd place team)
The NEWISA Tray honors Nancy Kleckner, the first graduate secretary of NEWISA.  The trophy was first presented in 1969, and is awarded to the second place team at the ICSA Women’s Dinghy National Championship.

Ann Campbell Trophy (3rd place team)
The Ann Campbell Trophy honors the long-time Graduate Secretary of MAISA, current Intersectional Coordinator of ICSA and member of the ICSA Hall of Fame.  The trophy was first presented in 1993, and is awarded to the third place team in the ICSA Women’s Dinghy National Championship.

Madeleine Trophy and the Judy Lawson Trophy (Low point ‘A’ and ‘B’ Divisions)
The Madeleine Trophy and Judy Lawson Trophy have been awarded each year since 1974 to the low-point skipper of A and B Divisions, respectively, in the ICSA Women’s Dinghy National Championship.  Madeleine Disario was the graduate secretary of MAAWS and helped initiate the first women’s national championship.  Judy Lawson is an avid International 14 sailor and was instrumental in bringing women into the sport of sailing.  Ms. Lawson also has sailed single-handedly across the Atlantic.


ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship Awards

The Walter C. Wood Trophy (1st place team)
This trophy honors the outstanding contribution of Walter C. “Jack” Wood to intercollegiate sailing. Jack was MIT’s first sailing director and, in conjunction with Leonard Fowle, was a founder of college racing. The trophy was donated by MIT graduates and Jack’s friends. This trophy is awarded to the winning team at the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship.

The first competitions for the Wood Trophy consisted of district All-Star teams that were principally made up from the colleges that had gathered for the Dinghy Championship. In 1977 a change was made so that each team in the championship was made up of individuals from only one college. All colleges in the championship qualify through district eliminations.


ICSA/LaserPerformance Singlehanded National Championship

Glen S. Foster Trophy
ICSA/LaserPerformance Men’s Singlehanded National Championship (First Place)
This regatta, inaugurated in 1963, is given in appreciation of Glen S. Foster for his interest in collegiate sailing and devotion to singlehanded competition, particularly in the Finn class.

George Griswold Trophy
ICSA/LaserPerformance Men’s Singlehanded National Championship (Second Place)
First presented in 1995, the trophy is awarded to the second place finisher in the ICSA/LaserPerformance Singlehanded National Championship. Named in honor of George Griswold for more than three decades of service to Intercollegiate Sailing as long time Graduate Secretary of MCSA, former ICSA Secretary, ICSA Eligibility Chairman, and member of the ICSA Hall of Fame.

Janet Lutz Trophy
ICSA/LaserPerformance Women’s Singlehanded National Championship (First Place)
The trophy honors the former Athletic Director at Pembroke College who played a major role in the early growth of New England women’s sailing.


ICSA Match Race National Championship

The Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy
This trophy is awarded by the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association to the winner of the ICSA Match Race National Championship. The Sloop Championship was inaugurated in 1972 with the first championship held at the University of California at Irvine in Shields class sloops. To commemorate that event the PCIYRA donated the Cornelius Shields Trophy. The trophy was named in honor of Mr. Shields of Larchmont, New York, who was one of the most well-known sailors of his time.  An early benefactor of college sailing, Shields donated more than eighty Shields class sloops to colleges throughout the United States and was named to the ICSA Hall of Fame in its initial year. In 2010 this event was changed to be a Match Racing event.

Other ICSA Trophies

John F. Kennedy Memorial Trophy
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Trophy was presented to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1965 by Mr. C. Robert Yeager in behalf of the many friends of the late President. President Kennedy’s love for sailing is perpetuated in the annual competition for the trophy.

Sir Thomas Lipton Memorial Trophy (BUSA Tour)
This trophy was given for the purpose of encouraging international and intersectional team racing between bonafide colleges and associations thereof. The challenge of the competition shall be comprised of not less than three or more than six crews.  From the estate of Sir Thomas Lipton (1850-1931) this memorial trophy was offered to the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association of North America (ICYRA of NA) by Robert Bartly Smallwood in 1952 for Intercollegiate Yacht Racing to perpetuate the bonds of friendship and sailing forged by the famous British sportsman.

John Lord King Trophy (BUSA Tour)
Awarded annually to the winner of the match racing series between two teams with three races comprising the series.  This trophy, along with the British-America, Lipton, and Performance Sailcraft trophies, was established in 1967. It is usually sailed in larger yawls and more recently in the Navy 44′s.

British America Trophy
Awarded annually to the winner of the British and American team racing championship.  This trophy, presented in 1954 by Mr. Kenneth H. Preston, Commodore of the Oxford University Yacht Club, is intended to promote the sport of team racing in yachts between the Universities of Great Britain and the United States of America.