ANNAPOLIS, Md. Tied for first place with the U.S. Coast Guard after the first day of racing at the Robert Crown Sailing Center in Annapolis, Md., Cal Maritime returned to the water on Sunday, Nov. 6 and showed firsthand why it is one of the premier programs in the nation. Cal Maritime’s sailing team earned bullets in two of three races to successfully defend its Kennedy Cup title and capture the John F. Kennedy trophy for the fifth time in school history. 

This is the first time a team has repeated as Kennedy Cup champions since South Florida won regattas that took place in 2016 and 2017. Since 1965, only five schools previously accomplished this feat. 

Comprising this season's championship-winning crew were: Kyle Collins (skipper), Brock Paquin, Justin Zmina, Cooper Smith, Django Tomlinson, Maddy Rivera, Clay Myers, Cianna Coyle, Cyrus Khaleeli and Ben Louttit.

Including a pair of first-place results in the final two races that took place on Saturday, Nov. 5, Cal Maritime recorded four straight bullets in this regatta to finish with 14 team points — nine fewer than event host Navy, who ended the weekend in second place.  

Of the seven races that took place, the Keelhaulers finished within the top three in all but one. Once it captured the first of four straight bullets in the third race, Cal Maritime remained in first place for the rest of the regatta.


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Coach: Tommy Tucker

Skipper: Kyle Collins ('23)

Crew: Justin Zmina ('23), Django Knafo-Tomlinson ('25), Brock Paquin ('22), Clay Myers ('25), Cyrus Khaleeli ('24), Cooper Smith ('24), Ben Louttit ('26), Madeline Rivera ('22), Cianna Coyle ('26)

Kennedy Cup
Hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy
November 5-6, 2022
Robert Crown Sailing Center

Final Results
1. Cal Maritime   14
2. Navy   25
3. Coast Guard   31
4. U.S. Merchant Marine   32
5. Rhode Island   34
6. Massachusetts Maritime   41
7. College of Charleston   47
8. SUNY Maritime   53
9. Michigan   57
10. Toledo   63

read more on the sailing team's victory here

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.