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1. No more NWICSA: A shift for college sailing in the region

Elected in 2021, Northwest Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NWICSA) Undergrad President Anna Morrow took over a conference in limbo at the end of a season impacted by remote learning, canceled competitions and minimal travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For several years, the smallest college sailing district in the U.S. risked being dissolved as part of major reforms being considered by the ICSA, the 92-year old governing body for collegiate sailing. Made up of seven conferences with graduate and undergraduate representatives, the all-volunteer ICSA manages interconference regattas, championships and a hall of fame.

Morrow, a 21-year old Fidalgo Island, Wash. native, is studying recreation management and leadership at Western Washington University (WWU) and a member of the school’s sailing team. She first heard of the uncertainty NWICSA faced while sailing competitively in high school and remembers how she hoped it wouldn’t come to pass.

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2. Resurfacing: News related to previous Future Tides' articles


Writing about NWICSA and Anna took me back a decade to my own college sailing experience: ICSA protocols, student leadership, club sports vs. varsity teams, tight budgets, long weekends of travel along with work and school.

I did improve as a sailor during college but I improved more as an organizer, teammate and person. I'll readily admit I'm not the most competitive, so for me the overall experience felt much more formative than any race result or major regatta.

There's one more thing this article reminded me about: getting out on the water. 

That's the sole reason many of us put in the effort and hours, to go sailing as much as possible. That's also  the passion college sailors so often bring to the youth they teach, their future teammates or workplace.

Talking to Anna, it doesn't sound like that has, or will, change for the Northwest's college sailors.

It hasn't changed for this alum. I got out on the water for the first time this year with friends on a sunset cruise and can't wait for more whether by small boat or large.

Until next time,
- Cara

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