CHESTERTOWN, Md.- The Washington College sailing team recently completed an order for a new fleet of FJ sailboats, the racing dinghy of choice for collegiate sailing. The FJ's were ordered last week through Laser Performance out of Portsmouth, R.I, and should be delivered by the end of March.
This fleet of 18 new boats will replace the current five-year old fleet of 12 FJ's currently used by the college's sailors and at the College's four or five intercollegiate regattas during the season. Colleges provide the boats for all competitors due to the challenges of traveling to races with boats. By increasing the fleet from 12 to 18 boats, Washington College will now be able to host much larger regattas on a regional and national level as opposed to the current restriction of hosting intra-conference regattas only. It will also allow the school to host both regional high school and Chesapeake-area summertime events.
"We are very excited about our new fleet," noted head sailing coach Josh Putnam. "It will be a tremendous recruiting tool for the future of our program and the waterfront development. It will also put Washington College on the map for gaining a larger exposure by hosting local and high school events. We had a chance to host the Maryland High School Championships a few years ago but were not considered for the event due to our small fleet size."
The team and coaches wish to thank the recent donations by a few parents of current and alumni sailors for their pledges that have allowed them to grow their fleet with 18 brand-new boats.