A team including Mustafa Ingham supported by the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Boat Foundation recently competed in the M32 World Championship held in Chicago. The program was organized by St. Mary’s College alumn Markus Edegran and his team of top notch younger sailors. The M32 is a high performance foiling catamaran class which attracts many of the top professional sailors in the world. The twelve teams consisted of many World Champions, America’s Cup Winners, Olympic Medalists, and Volvo Ocean Race sailors. This event was the culmination of a very interesting story for the St. Mary’s College team, finishing a very respective 7th place in a competitive fleet.
Markus Edegran started competing in the M32 on the World Match Race Tour in the 2017 season. Edegran crewed for Malcolm Gefter in an event in Newport and after the regatta had finished, Gefter said he would be happy to donate his M32 to the St. Mary’s College sailing program. Edegran called the college and asked if they would be willing to accept the donation and support the racing of the boat. The St. Mary’s program was more than happy to support an Alum in one of the highest levels of sailing. Edegran said, “The goal was to have a strong presence at the 2018 World Championship in Chicago and showcase the kind of sailing you can do after graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and competing on the college sailing scene.”
Skipper Edegran started to put together the five member team. On the traveler was Matthew Whitehead, who has a great deal of experience in high performance catamaran sailing. Whitehead grew up sailing the F18 catamaran and has been the youth world champion four times with his skipper Taylor Reiss. Reiss also joined our team early on. Australian Cameron Seagreen who has experience in the M32 on the World Match Race Tour was the trimmer. Ingham from Bermuda was the powerhouse of the team, making sure the boat got around the course super fast. Ingham spent a year training on the GC32 for the last Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda. The team members hold a resume of consisting of two Youth America’s Cups, eight Youth World Championships titles, and a Match Racing World Championship title.