BOSTON - Former College of Charleston sailors Russ O'Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Joel Labuzetta (Rochester, N.Y.) will compete in the National Sailing League team racing showcase regatta hosted in conjunction with the 30th Annual Boston Harborfest on July 1-3 at Fan Pier.
O'Reilly, a two-time ICSA All-American skipper for the Cougars from 2005-07, is currently the head sailing coach at SUNY Maritime. While at CofC, he competed in six national championship events winning three. O'Reilly led the sailing team to consecutive national championship wins in fleet racing in 2006 and 2007, first winning the B-Division in 2006 and the A-Division in 2007. A two-time ISCA All-Academic Team honoree, he was named one of three finalists for the Everett B. Morris College Sailor of the Year Trophy, the highest individual honor attainable in all of college sailing.
Labuzetta, a 2007 graduate of The College with a bachelor's degree in psychology, captained the Cougars to five national championships as well as the Fowle Trophy, which is awarded yearly to the best overall team in college sailing, during his junior and senior campaigns in 2006 and 2007. He currently serves as junior program director for the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, Md.
The three-day NSL event will be comprised of the very best team racers in the U.S. including world champions, national champions, Olympic skippers and All-Americans. Each team will sail in a best-of-seven series starting at either 5:00 or 6:15 p.m. (ET) and receive a win or a loss for the series. The two best win-loss records will sail for the championship to conclude Sunday's racing.
O'Reilly and Labuzetta will race for the California Grizzlies in a four-team field which includes the Boston Privateers, Miami Tigers and Newport Shamrocks. For more information on the regatta, log on to: www.facebook.com/NationalSailingLeague.