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Seth Cooley

2012 Sapling

Seth has an undergraduate degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute as well as a Master’s degree in Yacht and Small Craft Design from the University of Southampton (UK).  With work experience in both boatyards and design offices, it is his ultimate ambition to make high-performance yacht design his career; however, he believes that in order to one day produce a winning design, it is necessary to understand every aspect of sailing and racing.  He is currently in the process of pursuing that understanding, while his theoretical background lends itself well to all yacht racing.

Oakcliff seemed like the logical—and exciting—next step for Seth in his racing pursuits.  He got into racing seriously while at Webb Institute, sailing dinghies with MAISA as captain of the Webb team his final two years.  He soon began campaigning a Laser, participating in national level events.  Seth’s yachting resume got a serious jump-start during his year in the UK where he competed in events including the UK Student Yachting Nationals, European/French University Yachting Championships, Cowes Week, and a variety of RORC off-shores, culminating with the 2011 Fastnet.

Rather than fly home from the UK at the conclusion of his studies, Seth spent some time racing and doing deliveries through the Med, Atlantic, and Caribbean.  He participated in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Caribbean 600, and his best result so far: a win on handicap in the Maxi Transatlantic Cup.