SSYC has earned widespread recognition for its dedication to youth sailing at the junior, high school and collegiate levels. SSYC is host to the Monmouth University (MU) Hawks Sailing Team. Together, SSYC and MU actively and enthusiastically support high school sailing because it offers a natural progression step for SSYC’s junior sailors after advancing beyond the Junior Program and because it provides excellent preparation for the transition from junior sailing to racing at the collegiate level for all local youth sailors.
SSYC and MU are home to several local high school sailing teams, including Red Bank Regional High School (RBR), Red Bank Catholic High School (RBC), and Rumson - Fair Haven High School (RFH). These teams often practice together at SSYC in MU’s fleet of 18 Flying Junior (FJ) sailboats and frequently practice jointly with the MU team. The teams include many graduates of the SSYC Junior Program, juniors from other clubs, and novices with no prior sailing experience but a desire to learn. The benefits for our local junior sailors is clearly demonstrated by their results: RFH won the NJ State Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2014, and RBR won both the 2013 State Championships & the 2013 Girls’ State Championships. In addition, 16 former SSYC high school sailors are currently competing at the collegiate level (see list below).
SSYC and MU have co-hosted numerous NJ State Interscholastic Sailing League (NJISL) and Mid Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) championship regattas, including several NJ State Championships, MASSA Fall Championships, NJISL and MASSA Qualifiers for the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) US High School National Championships, and the ISSA Atlantic Coast Championships. ISSA has asked SSYC and MU to submit proposals to host the ISSA Team Racing National Championships in 2017 and the US High School Nationals in 2020.
On the collegiate level, SSYC and MU are regular hosts of Mid Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) intra-conference regattas, including the Fall Central Conference Qualifier, the Fall Open Regatta, and the Club Teams Championships.
Tthe following SSYC Junior Program / High School Sailing Program alums are competing or have recently competed collegiately:
Caroline Garth – University of Pennsylvania
Brittney Slook – US Naval Academy
Audrey Giblin – Dartmouth
Coleen Ross – Northeastern
Robert Gruskos – Clemson
Michael Munger – Hobart and Willam Smith College
Other SSYC Junior Program alums who have gone on to sail collegiately, including:
Peter Spaulding - Boston College. Three-time All-American. 2004 US Olympic Team (49er)
Trevor Koerwer – Villanova University
James Lane - NY Maritime Academy