The Arizona State Sailing Team

ASU Sailing Team members Kendall Valsvik, Austin Hodges, Spenser Branch, Jennifer Brandon, Chris Buccola, Mike Garrigan, Steve Cassingham, Chad Hardgrove and head coach Jake Geller (front) at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, Calif. for the PCCSC South 4 Regatta on Feb. 27, 2011.

The Arizona State Sailing Team consists of sailors who exemplify the Sun Devil way of achievement, engagement and responsibility. Our members are dedicated to the sport, the university and to each other.

Our Team includes the following sailors:


Maggie Blumm

Maggie Blumm has grown up sailing in Arizona from a young age. She is a US Sailing certified Small Boat Sailing instructor, and she enjoys teaching people new to the sport, fostering a sense of achievement and accomplishment in many new sailors. When she can get free, she enjoys sailing with friends in her 420.




Spenser Branch

Spenser Branch came to ASU originally for the architecture program, but is staying for the unique desert sailing conditions. His skills were formed while sailing for his high school in Santa Barbara, CA, and are being honed by the rigors of intercollegiate sailing. When not trapped under loads of coursework, Spenser can be found on his Laser or helping teach as a US Sailing instructor.



Chris Buccola

Chris Buccola of Chicago, IL, is one of the most dedicated sailors in the desert. With Great Lakes experience in a number of small sailboats, he thrives on the challenges posed by the local weather conditions. Chris loves going fast, so he drives race cars in his spare time.




Gerald Byrnes

Gerald Byrnes has been sailing from the age of nine on all manner of keelboats and dinghies. Born in Los Alamos, NM, he is no stranger to the desert environment. Also a US Sailing instructor, Gerald spends his time helping teach sailing with the Arizona Sailing Foundation.




Steve Cassingham

Steve Cassingham has enjoyed the change of pace in dinghy sailing that doesn’t happen in the large keelboats he’s sailed on in his home port of Santa Cruz, CA. When at home, he spends his free time sailing against his father in Banshees.




  1. Victor Felice says:

    I own a J/24, active Arizona Yacht Club member/racer – I would gladly work with/host ASU Sailing members who want to sail/race on a very well prepared J/24.
    My phone number is 480.577.4007
    Thank you.

  2. Jake says:

    The club has a mix of experienced and inexperienced sailors. We are always looking for experienced sailors for intercollegiate racing and instruction, but we will also teach those with little to no experience.

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