Earlier this past scholastic year there were a number of posts here and over on the USMMA forum on College Confidential lamenting the status and state of the sailing aka "dinghy team" at USMMA. A number of folks noted that it seemed as if steps were being taken to once again enable the Regiment of Midshipmen to capitalize on the world class waterfront facilities and opportunities available to them, and that in time that should mean the USMMA might return to some prominence in the "intercollegiate sailing world and rankings." Well since deepsea is too modest a person to point out that those steps have been taken and are already showing results, I'll do it. First congratulations to deepsea and the entire waterfront staff at USMMA, I can tell you that from everything I hear from members of the current regiment, the remaining staff and new staff members are all doing a great job and making the waterfront a place where midshipmen in large numbers enjoy spending time, and where they learn significant amounts of practical seamanship and other things that will make them all better mariners. Further in just his first season, since coming to USMMA from across his alma mater across the Throgs Neck Bridge Intercollegiate Dinghy Coach Blaine Pedlow has the Mariners once again on their way the the ICYRA Co-Ed Dinghy Nationals (June 1 -3 in Madison, Wisconsin) and once again ranked in the top 20 nationally (#18). See the final rankings of the season before nationals here: http://www.sailingworld.com/racing/college/sailing-worlds-college-rankings-may-13-2010 Also as you read these rankings understand these are not "Division III" or "Division II" - there's really only one Division in the ICYRA (Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association) - everyone is essentially division I. If we were all Military/Navy guys we'd say "Bravo Zulu" to the team and the Waterfront staff. But since the USMMA is a Maritime Academy we'll say congratulations and suggest that the team offer their opponents at the nationals - "No Quarter" like any good Privateer would.