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Husky Sailing Foundation Celebrates New FJ Fleet

  • Alumni
  • 3 min read

On Monday, June 6, 2022 multiple generations of Husky Sailing alumni and supporters celebrated the collegiate team’s new fleet of Flying Junior sailboats with a christening ceremony in the Sail Sand Point boatyard on the shores of Lake Washington.

The 12 new boats, a huge expansion for the Husky Sailing Team, represent a major achievement for the Husky Sailing Foundation (HSF), a recently formed nonprofit dedicated to supporting collegiate sailing at the University of Washington.

Husky Sailing supporter Jeff Wright christens one of the boat’s “Theiline,” after his late mother.
Husky Sailing supporter Jeff Wright christens one of the boat’s “Theiline,” after his late mother.

The fleet represents a renewed dedication from the team and its supporters to continue a long and valued legacy of competitive sailing and a well-rounded collegiate athletic experience at Washington. With valuable insight from recent graduates, HSF identified the club sports program’s critical needs, including funding for equipment and coaching. The Jeff Wright family turned these needs into reality with several generous donations

Dozens of other supporters joined the cause, donating at various levels to name or dedicate the boats. As donors christened each boat, inspiring stories of female sailors, strong mothers, deep friendships and silly moments surfaced. More photos of the event available here.

Mark Laura (’75) speaks at the fleet christening event.
Mark Laura (’75) speaks at the fleet christening event.

Almost 70 people attended the event organized by HSF vice president Carol Buchan (‘80), which created a welcome crossroads as the current team mingled with donors, alumni and family. Mark Laura (‘75), a college sailing All American and HSF board member spearheading development, welcomed attendees and spoke about the ambitions of this new Husky Sailing partnership.

Husky Sailing team co-captain Sam Delasanta spoke, he will be the team’s fleet manager next year. The event also coincided with Maya Outhred stepping in as the new team captain and the ongoing expansion of the Husky Sailing Foundation’s board, led by president Brian Thomas (‘79).

The Husky Sailing Foundation

The Husky Sailing Foundation’s mission is to provide the funding, leadership and long term vision necessary to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive and highly competitive sailing team at the University of Washington. Established in 2020, the HSF uses all donations to support the Husky Sailing Team with a focus on equipment, coaching, travel and long term planning. Learn more at and subscribe to receive news and updates.

Husky Sailing

The Husky Sailing Team is a club sport competing in the ICSA Pacific Coast Conference (PCCSC). During the school year sailors travel across the United States to compete in co-ed and women’s regattas. Our mission is to compete at the highest levels of college sailing while demonstrating integrity, dedication, and sportsmanship. We’re student athletes committed to excelling in the classroom, on the race course and in life. Learn more at