Cougars' Fisher sails to another national title

Skipper Greg Fisher of Charleston, with his wife Jo Ann and Zeke Horowitz crewing, captured the Lightning North American Championships last Friday in Sheboygan, Wisconisn. Photo by Sail Sheboygan.

Greg Fisher can add another national title to his sailing resume.

Fisher, the College of Charleston's director of sailing, has won more than two dozen national titles. The latest was the 2014 Lightning North American Championships sailed last week at Sail Sheboygan (Wisconsin) U.S. Sailing Center. His crew was his wife Jo Ann and former College of Charleston sailor Zeke Horowitz.

"We were thrilled. I haven't been able to do a lot of my own sailing the last couple of years," said Fisher, who has served as the Cougars' director of sailing since 2010.

"It was sure fun to be able to go and do it again, be competitive and have it work out. We were very fortunate."

The event drew more than 100 boats with qualifying followed by six races that ended on Friday. Competitors were able to throw out their worst finish. Fisher and crew were a model of consistency, totaling 44 points with a throwaway score of 14.

The win qualified Fisher for the world championships that will be held in July at Buffalo Canoe Club in Ontario, Canada.

"That's part of the reason it was such a big event, that it drew so many sailors, so much talent," Fisher said. "I think we counted 17 world champions in different types of boats, 19 North American champions and three Olympians. There was a lot of talent there, for sure, so it was a big thrill."

Fisher said he and his wife have sailed together since being married 12 years ago, and he was happy to be able to tie in his position at the College of Charleston by bringing Horowitz aboard. Horowitz was team captain in 2012 and helped lead the Cougars to a national championship.

"Another neat thing is that the Lightning class supports youth sailing and every year they finance and support a couple of youth teams," Fisher said. "This year three (College of Charleston alumni) were chosen, Ben Spector, Jeff Aschieris and Sam Stokes. They finished 26th, which is really impressive for their first Lightning North American Championship. That says a lot about sailing in Charleston and about the depth of talent on our College of Charleston team. I was very proud of them."