Oct. 14, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The U.S. Naval Academy Squadron in Annapolis, Md. are the proud hosts of the U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, a US SAILING National Championship event that took place in September on Chesapeake Bay in Navy 44 sloops. Jahn Tihansky, the Director of the Offshore Sailing Team at the U.S. Naval Academy, served as the Event Chairman. Tihansky has served in this role since 2005, when he became head coach of the sailing team.
For his efforts in organizing and running the event, Tihansky was selected as US SAILING's National Sailor of the Week.
"The event is somewhat unique in that we act as regatta hosts as well as the provider and preparer of the boats," said Tihansky. "I have a fantastic team of people, civilian and military who help make everything happen."
Each team consists of a crew of nine, including one skipper and seven crew members, plus one U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman provided from the varsity offshore racing team.
"This Championship was established to provide Midshipman sailors the opportunity to compete against top notch sailors back when there were fewer such opportunities," explained Tihansky. "Today, we are able to get out and around much more than when the trophy was created but this is still a phenomenal event which we are honored to compete in. We also provide a Midshipman crew member to each of the visiting teams, which helps those teams become more familiar with Academy culture as well as our boats."
As the Event Chair, Tihansky wears a lot of hats. This includes marketing and media responsibilities. Jahn did a remarkable job recapping the racing on a daily basis for US SAILING.
"I enjoyed writing up the recap of each day's racing and it was easy to do as I was out on the race course each day," mentioned Tihansky. "Given the small size of the boat, I was able to stay close to the fleet throughout the races and I also shot video of the starts and mark roundings, so was able to witness most of the race course action firsthand. I think this was critical for me to be able to report accurately."
Tihansky enjoys all kinds of sailing and has been teaching the sport for over 20 years.
"I love many aspects of our sport, including one design and big boat racing as well as cruising and passage making," he explained. "I have been incredibly fortunate to have found my calling in the coaching side of the sport and to have my current position at the Naval Academy."
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