USF Sailing Back in Action After Nearly Year-Long Hiatus

The USF Sailing team will scrimmage Tulane and Jacksonville in the first competition since the COVID-19 pandemic


TAMPA, Feb. 26, 2021 – Head coach Allison Jolly and the USF women’s sailing team are excited to compete this weekend in an exhibition style match-up with Tulane and Jacksonville after nearly a year-long break from competition due to the pandemic.

“We are so excited to be competing again after nearly an entire year,” head coach Allison Jolly said. “The wind forecast looks good for this weekend, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to race again.”

The three-team scrimmage is one of five competitions for the Bulls in 2021, who will start regular season March 20-21 at College of Charleston in the Team Race Invitational. USF will then host the SAISA Conference Championships on April 3, before going back to Charleston, S.C., for the SAISA Team Race Championships. The Women’s National Championships will take place May 19-20 at Navy.

Tomorrow in New Orleans, USF will compete in fleet racing, with all 18 boats racing against one another at the same time. Sunday will hold a team racing format, where each school will field a team of three boats, racing against another team of three boats in a round-robin format. The school with the most wins on the day will be the overall winner.

USF welcomes back a seasoned travel group, including top seniors Marina Barzaghi (Saunderstown, R.I.), Katie Bornarth (Jensen Beach, Fla.) and Samantha Kappaz (Lithia, Fla.). Juniors Alexandria Foos (Whitehall, Mich.), Carolina Perez-Rovira and Chloe Sweeting (Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas), will travel alongside sophomores Sydney Monahan (Fort Myers, Fla.), Olivia Smith (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Lily Theisen (St. Augustine, Fla.).

Results from the competition will be shared on next week. 

About USF Sailing
The USF sailing program has reached the national finals in seven of the last eight years. The Bulls finished in the top 10 during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The sailing team is based out of St. Petersburg and led by head coach Allison Jolly, a former USA Olympian and 2016 Florida Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

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