Cal-Maritime's Sailing Team Honored as Best in the Country
(L-R) Sailing Director Charlie Arms Cartee, President William Eisenhardt, Kyle Vanderspek, Tom Steele, Cole Davis, John Gray, Assembly Member Noreen Evans, Tom Bartee (my Solano County field representative), Thor Proulx, Matthew Van Rensselear, Sebastien Laleau, Evan Wanamaker, sailing team coach Jesse Cartee
On April 30, a joint legislative resolution was presented to the California Maritime Academy (Cal-Maritime) sailing team known as the "Keelhaulers," honoring them for winning the 2009 Kennedy Cup. The resolution was issued by me, along with my friend and colleague, Assemblywoman Noreen Evans.
The victory secured their place as the top collegiate sailors in the country. This accomplishment brings pride to the local community and state and recognizes the sailors, coaching staff and those associated with the team for their dedication, skill and effort.
Team members traveled to Annapolis, Md., where they competed against eight other teams, including the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Cornell University. Other competitors were St. Mary's College of Maryland, the University of Rhode Island, the Maine Maritime Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The competition took place over three days and the Keelhaulers fought winds ranging from zero to over 20 knots to achieve five first place finishes in the nine-race series, earning sufficient points to win the famed Kennedy Cup.
As the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Big Boat National Champions, the Cal-Maritime sailing team earned the right to represent the U.S. this October at the 2010 Student Yachting World Cup Regatta in France.
Cal-Maritime is a unique and specialized campus of the California State University that offers students bachelor's degrees in international business and logistics; facilities engineering technology; global studies and maritime affairs; marine engineering technology; marine transportation; and mechanical engineering. Cal Maritime is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States and the only one on the West Coast. For more information on Cal Maritime, click here.