Boston University Sailing Team

Who we are:

For over 80 years, the Boston University Dinghy Sailors (BUDS) have competed at the highest level of collegiate sailing, winning 7 national championships and producing over 50 All-Americans and 3 ICSA College Sailors of the Year.

The Charles River is our home. Our boathouse is conveniently located on campus adjacent to the BU Bridge, giving the BUDS access to one of the best venues in college sailing.

Latest News


June 2020:

We want to highlight four members of the BUDS who won All American awards for this season.


Maia Agerup'20: All American Women's Skipper, All American Coed Skipper

Javier De Urdanibia'21: All American Coed Skipper

Katherine Bertolini'21: All American Crew

Grace Mooradian'21: All American Crew

Each of these BUDS have been tremendous leaders to the team this past year. 

April 2020: 


We are excited to share that the NEISA 2019-2020 awards were released and the BUDS were well represented!

Coed First Team Skippers: Maia Agerup ‘20 and Javier De Urbanibia Panos ‘21 (NEISA skipper of the year finalist)

Coed First Team Crews: Katherine Bertolini ‘21 (NEISA crew of the year finalist) and Grace Mooradian ‘21

Women’s First Team Skipper: Maia Agerup ‘20

Women’s Sportsperson of the Year: Allie Cahn ‘20

NEISA Senior Trophy: Maia Agerup: '20

All the NEISA awards can be viewed here:

BU Wins the Fall Coed Championship

Repost from

October 22, 2019

Boston University showed poise in trying conditions at Connecticut College

Boston University won the Coed Showcase Championship Finals hosted by Connecticut College in mostly light and uncertain conditions. Competitors waited on shore for much of the first day of competition before hitting the water for 11 total races between the two divisions on Saturday. The breeze on Saturday started from the SSW and sailors were hiking. However, as the sun set the breeze clocked right to the SW as the day got late. The heavy current and shify breeze on the Thames made for tough work for the race committee. The final races of the day Saturday were sailed on extremely skewed course dur to the extreme ebb. 


Boston University, while struggling in A-Division, put on a clinic in  B behind the stellar sailing of Maia Agerup '20 and Grace Mooradian '21. The Terrier tandem put up a 7, 3, 5, 4, 1, 4 scoreline on Saturday in conditions where quick thinking was paramount, and execution was much easier said than done. Agerup and Mooradian continued their efforts in light and variable conditions on Sunday with a 6, 2, 5 scoreline in the 3 races sailed in B-Division to end the event. The won the division by 19 points over Harvard's Henry Burnes '21 and Julianna Taritsa '20.

"We executed pretty well Sunday afternoon," Said BU Coach Chris Lash. "I think the team did a good job maintaining focus after having a long wind delay all of Saturday morning. We raced until almost 6pm and it's difficult to stay fully dialed in going into the last set, but our team was able to."

"In our conversations, e emphasized using smart decisions later in the race and boat speed to get ahead rather than trying to win races with more aggressive starting," continued Coach Lash. "We also really reinforced not sailing extra distance on the racecourse by overstanding marks. I thought a lot of boats were giving up gains they made early in the upwind by overstanding towards the top."

Agerup and Mooradian also won B-Division at the Coed Showcase Semifinals at St. Mary's earlier and finished second in A-Divison at the Women's Showcase Finals. 

BU's A-Division boat, Javier de Urdanibia '21 and Katherine Bertolini '21 struggled in 5 races sailed on Saturday, scoring only one race inside the top 10. Oddly, that one race outlier was a bullet. However, things changed for the Terrier in A on Sunday as the twosome scored a 1, 5, 4, 8 on the final day to finish the regatta and hold off Stanford. "The group we had sailing is mentally strong," stated Coach Lash. "They can always make gains even when they are behind and they usually did."

Four BUDS receives All-American Awards 

Four BUDS earned ICSA All-American Awards for the 2018/2019 season;


Emily Croteau (SED'19) and Lexi Pline (COM'19) earned Crew All American Honorable Mentions - a well-deserved award for both crews who have consistently sailed well with various skippers, and both contributing to the 9th place finish at The Coed National Championship and 10th place finish at Women's Nationals. 

Javier De Urdanibia (CAS'21) earned Skipper All-American Honorable Mention after finishing off a very strong season with 2nd place in A division and the Coed Semi-Finals of Nationals and 3rd in A division at the New England Championships! Javier sailed with Lexi Pline for the majority of the semester

Maia Agerup (QST'20) earned All-American Women's skipper after finishing Women's Nationals 4th in A division and Winning A division at the Women's New England Championships with crew Emily Croteau!

2019 ICSA National Championships Update

The BUDS qualified for the 2019 Women's and Coed ICSA National Championships, to be held in Newport, RI at the end of May.

Our Lady BUDS placed 7th overall at the NEISA Women's Championship behind a spectacular A-Division win by Maia Agerup (QST '20) and Emily Croteau (SED '19), launching the team ahead to the national championship.

The coed team tied for 3rd place at the NEISA Coed Championship with plenty of breathing room from the top-nine cutoff for nationals. Javier de Urdanibia Paños (CAS '21) and Lexi Pline (COM '19) led the way with a third-place finish in A-Division.

Maia Agerup and Emily Croteau Named to 2019 Women's All-NEISA Team

Maia Agerup (QST '20) and Emily Croteau (SED '19) were named to the 2019 Women's All-NEISA Team following their A-Division win at the NEISA Women's Championship on April 21.

Maia was named to the Women's First Team All-NEISA Skippers, and Emily was named to the Second Team All-NEISA crews. Their awards recognize outstanding performance in women's events throughout the fall and spring semesters. Congratulations, Maia and Emily!

BUDS Win Second Consecutive Boston Dinghy Club Cup Challenge

For the second year in a row, the BUDS won the Boston Dinghy Club Cup Challenge, the oldest trophy in college sailing and the final regular-season regatta leading into the NEISA Coed Championship.

BU edged out second-place Harvard University by 14 points to win. The victory was a joint effort across all three divisions, with Javier de Urdanibia and Lexi Pline placing 2nd in A, Robby Gearon and Carly Berry/Alex Moreno/Alex Honke placing 2nd in B, and Sam Morrell/Casey Cabot and Katherine Bertolini placing 2nd in C. Rah BUDS!