Eckerd College, and up-and-coming sailing school, is making waves in the ICSA. They just qualified for, and finished 9th overall, in the ICSA Team Race Nationals, and also are competing at the ICSA Fleet Race National Championship in Charleston, SC. Led by Coach Kevin Reali, the team continues to impress the college sailing world. You can visit their results this season here, and learn more about the team roster here.
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More on Coach Reali:
Originally a native of St. Petersburg, Reali began coaching at Eckerd college in July of 2012. Under his leadership, the Triton sailing teams have earned a spot among the premier programs in the country.
Three of Eckerd’s squads qualified for the ICSA Nationals in 2016 in co-ed, women’s and team racing. The Tritons consistently finish in the top three in the SAISA conference. Check out their latest news.
In 2013-14, Reali and his staff had four student-athletes honored to the ICSA All-Academic Teams. Solvig Sayre was selected to the All-Academic Second Team while Erik Brydges, Melany Johnson and Ann Williamson were selcted to the All-Conference All-Academic team.
On the coaching side, Reali was previously the U.S. Optimist National Team Coach for a six-year span. He also coached the Chesapeake Optimist Team and manned the Green Fleet at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center prior.
Reali has served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, Calif., and the USS Chung-Hoon in Honolulu, Hawai’i, specializing in nuclear propulsion.
In terms of competition, Reali was the winner of the 2000 Sears Trophy at the Junior Triple-Handed National Championships in 2000.
Did we mention that Eckerd is a great place to go to school too?
An oasis of learning in a vibrant city
Our waterfront campus is nestled on 188 acres along Boca Ciega Bay at the tip of St. Petersburg, a dynamic city of arts, culture and outdoor activities. Swimming, boating and sunbathing on our white-sand beach are all just steps away from your dorm room.
Native plants and wildlife cover the campus. Most of our faculty offices open directly outside or in common areas to encourage interaction with students. The bay and other natural areas are living laboratories for research — even for freshmen.
Study in a hammock or on a blanket on the beach or head to our modern library overlooking Fox Pond. Get a workout at the fitness center or at ouroutdoor pool.