NEISA Performance Ranking System (PRS)

NEISA Performance Ranking System (PRS) evaluates each team's performance during the fall season and ranks teams for scheduling purposes. Below is an outline of how the system is administered with the official rules being listed on the NEISA website and meeting minutes.


A list of of ranked regattas for the upcoming season along with their ranking level, will be voted on at the annual meeting. The approved list will then be distributed to the conference and marked in the NEISA Schedule of Regattas.


View the list of all scoring values for each level of ranked regatta.


Coed: Top five (5) scores plus the NEISA Fall Championship
Women's: Top five (5) scores


The number of teams for each regatta will be either the number of teams that participated OR the number of teams entered at the drop deadline, whichever is greater. Late drops, even if they are excused by the scheduling coordinator, are included in the number of teams. The following stipulations also apply
- The number of teams will not exceed 20 at any event
- Coed A: number of teams will not be less than 18*
- Coed B: number of teams will not be less than 16


The number of teams for NEISA Men's and Women's singlehanded championship will be the number of unique teams (not competitors) at the event. A team's highest finisher will be scored for the ranking. All other competitors from the same team will be removed for ranking purposes.


The number of teams at sloop and the NEISA match race championship will not be less than 8.


The NEISA Fall Championship will be scored by combining the finishes from the Schell Trophy and NEISA Fall Tournament. The first place finisher at the Tournament will be scored as nineteenth and so on. Teams may not drop their score from the NEISA Fall Championship.


The score for the Atlantic Coast Championship and Atlantic Coast Tournament will be similar to the NEISA Fall Champs except that the first place team at the ACT will be scored one place after the last place NEISA team at the ACC. Teams may also drop their score for the ACC/ACT.


The first ranking will be distributed weekly via email to the NEISA list after the third weekend of competition. Team representatives are encouraged to double check their score to ensure its accuracy.

Coed and Women’s Rankings

For as long as Sailing World has been doing college rankings-they go back to at least 1979, when Ken Legler did them on his own-we've been using a select panel of top coaches to do the honors. 

There were a number of reasons for using this system, including the general lack of sailing programs with college coaches in the late 1970s and the prohibitive logistics involved with using a larger panel or opening it up to every college coach. 

Times have changed, however, and we are proud to unveil a new system for our bi-weekly college sailing rankings, one that gives one vote to every team in the country with a coach. To register to vote in the poll, coaches need only send an email with their name, school, and number of years coaching college sailing to collegerankings@sailingworld.com

Using an Internet polling site, every accredited coach can submit his or her list of the top 20 coed and 15 women's team in the country. Each place is worth a certain number of points (20 points for first in the coed rankings, 19 for second, on down to 1 for 20th; 15 points for first in the women's rankings, 14 for second, on down to 1 for 15th). All the points are tallied and the teams are ranked according to their respective point totals. Any team that receives at least two votes is listed as also receiving votes. The number of first-place votes a team receives is in brackets. 

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to collegerankings@sailingworld.com. You can also sign up for Twitter updates which will alert you whenever a new ranking is posted, http://twitter.com/swrankings.

Team Race Rankings

Sail1Design is proud to manage and sponsor the College Sailing Team Race Rankings. These rankings are updated infrequently in the fall, and then twice a month in the spring seasons. Rankings are based on college teams' performance in team race regattas and an average of the polling from our Team Race Ranking staff. If you would like to inquire more about our ranking system, or would be interested in joining the panel, please let us know.

ICSA Team Race Panelists include: Ken Legler (Tufts), Bill Healy (Yale), John Vandemoer (Stanford), Ward Cromwell (Charleston), and Brendan Healy (Navy).