The Sports Club of Tampa Bay will induct the Thirty-Eighth Class into its Hall of Fame on June 8, 2022. This year’s class includes:
-Daren Puppa Tampa Bay Lightning, Goal Tender -Brad Johnson Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Quarterback -Monte Kiffin Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Assistant Coach -Jose Fernandez USF Head Women’s Basketball Coach -Allison Jolly USF Head Women’s Sailing Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist -Gayle Sierens Sports and News Anchor, First Woman to do play-by-play for an NFL Game, and a two-time Emmy Award Recipient
Congratulations to SPYC Member, ALLISON JOLLY!- OLYMPIC CHAMPION
Alison Jolly is one of the most successful women in U.S. national sailing history. Born in St. Petersburg, FL, Jolly began sailing at the Club at age of 10 and attended FSU where she won the National Collegiate sailing championships in 1975 and 1976. In 1976 she was awarded the Adams Cup for winning the United States Women’s Sailing Championship.
In 1976, she placed 2nd in the European women’s championship, and also took 2 nd place in the Timme Angsten Memorial Regatta in Chicago, a race that includes collegiate sailing teams from across the country.
In 1977, at the age of 20, she became the youngest woman ever to win the Yachtswoman of the Year Award from the New York Yacht Club, which is widely considered the top prize in yachting.
In 1987, Jolly and her sailing partner, Lynne Jewell, entered the trials for the Summer Olympics. After a slow start, they did qualify but were still considered a long shot at the Games.
Jolly and her crew, Jewell, were the first ever women to win a gold medal in the modern Olympic games in the 1988 Olympics in South Korea.
To this day, Jolly continues her sailing passion working at the University of South Florida as head sailing coach for the Women’s Varsity team and can be seen coaching our adult programs in her free time.
During her coaching career, Jolly has guided the Bulls to six ICSA Women’s Singlehanded National appearances and 12 consecutive appearances in the ICSA Women’s Dinghy Nationals.
In November of 2016, Allison Jolly was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame for her sailing and coaching records. In 2019 she became just the second Floridian and fifth woman to be inducted into the U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
-Olympic Gold Medal Sailing, 1988 (first women to win Gold in the modern Olympic Games) -U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame, 2019 -Florida Sports Hall of Fame, 2016 -Yachtswoman of the Year, 1977 -Adams Cup, 1976 for winning the U.S. Women’s Sailing Championship
Calling all SPYC members! J/70 guru, Kristen Berry returns to St. Petersburg April 22/23! SPYC members have several opportunities for on the water training.
Friday, April 22- Join us for the Twilight racing, followed by a coaching debrief at the Tiki Bar with Kristen.
Saturday, April 23- Join us for the SPYC Member J/70 Orientation. This class is designed for SPYC members with previous sailing experience, who are interested in learning more about the J/70 fleet. (WAITLISTED)
Sunday, April 24- Join us for the SPYC Member J/70 Orientation. This class is designed for SPYC members with previous sailing experience, who are interested in learning more about the J/70 fleet. (Open for enrollment)
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