ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – After the week of national championships concluded yesterday, the ICSA announced the winner of the Everett B. Morris Trophy for the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year. This year, the trophy was awarded to junior captain of the Yale coed sailing team Graham Landy.
Landy has had an outstanding fall and spring season this year. Landy won A division at six fleet race intersectionals this year. Particularly notable were his dominant wide margins of victory. He won A division at the St. Mary's Trophy by 37 points, the Danmark by 36 points, the Hoyt by 15 points and the New England Dinghy Championship by 20 points.
He also competed as tactician on the match race team that placed fourth at the national championship, and was an integral part of the national championship team race team. He went on to win A division at the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship by 27 points, helping the Yale team take home a second national championship this year.
"I'm very excited to receive this honor," says Landy, "I think it not only reflects the hard work that I have put in during my time at Yale, but also the dedication and success of our team. I couldn't have won the award without the help of so many teammates and coaches."
"I'd hoped to win the award at some point in college" Landy commented when asked if College Sailor of the Year had been a long time goal of his, "But I realized that the way to achieve the goal was actually not to think about it." He instead kept his focus regatta by regatta, looking for team success. This personal honor is just an added benefit to the two national championships he helped the Yale team take home this year.
Landy will do some team racing this summer as well as participate in the ISAF Youth World Match Racing Championship for the United States in Finland before returning to Yale for his senior year.
Report filed by Katherine Gaumond '15, Yale Sports Publicity