About the Team

We are a club team at Villanova University and sail in MAISA, the Mid-Atlantic division of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA).  During both the Fall and Spring seasons we compete against Varsity and Club teams from around the country. 

From highly competitive high school sailing to years of summer junior programs, we are comprised of student-sailors with varied levels of racing experience.  However, we all share common goals: to improve our racing skills and succeed.


The Villanova Sailing Team originated in the 1970s, taking a hiatus in the early 1990s, but coming back to campus in 2004.  Since then, our team has been working hard to sustain itself and grow into a competitive team, both at the regional and national levels.

Facilities & Boats

We practice out of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia in Essington, PA and currently lease eight 420s.  One of the best sailing facilitates in Philadelphia, Corinthian is just 17 miles from Villanova's campus and also home to the UPenn and Drexel sailing programs.  Fortunately, our common location allows us to hold joint practices with these teams. 


Matt Newborn has been the Head Coach of the Villanova Sailing Team since the Spring 2011 season.  A 2010 graduate of Virginia Tech, Matt ran their sailing program during his time as a Hokie.  His extensive experience with both dingy and keel-boat sailing provides our team with exceptional coaching and leadership.  He continues to compete in many one design classes, especially V15s, as well as in many offshore regattas.


Team Officers

President: Domenic Re ‘15 (Newport Beach, California)

Practice Captain: Julianna Lee '17 (Winnetka, Illinois)

Regatta Captain: David Alldian '17 (Brick Township, New Jersey)

Treasurer: Jimmy Muller '16 (Milburn, New Jersey)

Fleet Captain: Alex Heid ‘15 (Manhasset, New York)

New Officers For 2015

Recruitment, Alumni: Liz Day '18 (Sudbury, Massachusetts)

Practice Captain: Austin Tipp '18 (Del Mar, California)

Treasurer: Jack Dyment '18 (Greenwich, Connecticut)

Recruitment, Social Media: Lawson Buckley '18 (Milton, Massachusetts)

Past Officers:

  • Sarah Celone ‘13 (President)
  • Andrew Sayre ‘12 (President)
  • Katie Shimko ‘12 (President)
  • Marisa Demourkas ‘12 (Treasurer)
  • Scott Barnhill '14 (President)

MAISA South Spring Qualifier 2015 (Third Place) Left to Right: Liz Day '18, Jack Dyment '18, Lawson Buckley '18, David Aldian '17, Austin Tipp '18, Julianna Lee '17, Dominic Re '15 

Ocean County Spring Open 2015 (Second Place) Left To Right: Liz Day'18, Julianna Lee'17, David Aldian'17,Lawson Buckley'18, Alex Heid'14, Dominic Re'14
War Memorial Fall Championship 2014 Left To Right: Austin Tipp'18, Liz Day'18, Lawson Buckley'18, Jack Dyment'18, Domenic Re'14, David Alldian'17, Julianna Lee'17
Central Fall Qualifier 2014 (Fifth Place) Left To Right: Austin Tipp'18, David Aldian'17, Dominic Re'14, Julianna Lee'17, Coach Matt Newborn
Cornell Fall Open 2014 Left To Right: David Aldian'17, Austin Tipp'18, Alex Heid'18, Andrew Reed'18, Lawson Buckley'18, Liz Day'18, Dominic Re'14

Our beautiful facility at the end of a late practice

Lawson Bluckley and Liz Day '18 prepping for practice

Post regatta selfie

Jack Dyment making bailors