After a great season the MMA sailing team has been invited to compete in the Los Angeles Harbor Club Regatta. On March 9-11 they will raise their sails against Cal Maritime, the Coast Guard Academy, the US Naval Academy, and the University of Michigan Sailing Team. The team is particularly proud of their performance when they competed against the Naval Academy, where they placed third in two of their events. Another accomplishment was taking 1st place in the Hyannis to Nantucket, Figawe race in Spring, 2011.
This year's team brought pride to the long tradition of sailing at
MMA. The MMA offshore team sails
from the prestigious Beverly Yacht Club out of Marion Mass on 37 foot
sailboats with a crew of seven.
The seniors went out with a good record for their last year, and maybe
the last time they will compete
as sailors of these beautiful off shore boats. The team is coached by
Head Coach-Chuck Fontaine who is
the Director of Boat Donations at MMA, he is assisted by Twice Tougas,
who will accompany the team to
This year's team consisted of First Class Jeffrey Gawrys who is a
Marine Engineering Major; he will
remember his senior year sailing season as his best. Jeffrey was been
sailing for over 15 years, and
comes from Marblehead, Mass.
Another senior, Graham Philpot of Laconia NH, is majoring in marine
transportation, he has been sailing
his since he can remember. He chose Mass Maritime because of the unique
training offered by the
Eric Pattison, a 1st class Marine Transportation cadet began sailing, 4
years ago as a freshman at
MMA. He chose to attend MMA because he loves boating, and wants to work
on water. He is from
Woodbury CT, and attributes part of his success as a cadet to the
structured instruction he received at
Underclassmen team member include, Sean McLaughlin 4th class who has
been sailing his whole life,
comes from Fairhaven, MA. He chose MMA because of their marine
engineering major, and the fact
they had a great sailing program.
Andrew Gregoire 3rd class Marine Transportation Major from North
Carolina chose Mass Maritime in
preparation for his life and work the on sea
4th class Marine Transportation Travis Thonus is from East Dennis. He
chose Mass Maritime for its
excellent reputation, location, and their sailing team.
Third class Cadet Tim Dexter hails from Vermont where he has been
sailing his whole life.
Not pictured here is Mike Reney 2nd class marine engineer major, from
Duxbury, as a 2nd class cadet he is
spending his sea term as an intern on commercial ship.
We wish the best to our Sailing team as they head to Los Angeles this
March. We will all be cheering
them on here at MMA.
Keeping your boat a float is based on a physics concept called bouyancy