Scott Whitman’s love of sailing started early. One of his first words to come out of his mouth was “boat”. He began sailing at age 7 in the junior sailing program at the Metedeconk River Yacht Club. Every summer after that Scott continued through the program, sailing and racing a variety of boats. Scott has excelled and won awards on the racing scene in both local and international regattas. He continued sailing for Northeastern University and was the team president.
While at Northeastern University Scott took full advantage of their cooperative program and worked on high tech engineering design projects for companies such as Philips Analytical. However, while on vacation during his junior year of college Scott was paralyzed due to a swimming accident.
Despite his injury Scott continued his college education by transferring to Rutgers University and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. He has also been appointed as a commissioner on the New Jersey spinal cord commission and has served as vice chair on the commission.
During the winter of 2005, Betsey Allison, head coach of the US Disabled Sailing Team and also a good friend of Scott’s family approached Scott about sailing a new double hand boat called the Skud 18. Scott jumped at the chance to start sailing again. In the spring of 2006 the first Skud 18s where delivered to Newport, RI. The Skud proved to be the fast and technical boat Scott hoped it would be, challenging him to push its limits on the race course.
- 2010: First place, SKUD-18 – US Sailing’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Florida
- 2009: Second place, SKUD-18 – IFDS World Championship, Athens, Greece
- 2009: First place, SKUD-18 - Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth/Portland, England
- 2009: First place, SKUD-18 – US Sailing’s 2009 Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Florida
- 2009: First Place, SKUD-18 - Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic, Miami, Florida
- 2008: First Place, SKUD-18 - Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta, Newport, Rhode Island
- 2008: Second Place, SKUD-18 - IFDS Qingdao International Regatta, Qingdao, China
- 2008: Second place, SKUD-18 – Disabled-Open Midwinter Regatta, Saint Petersburg, Florida
- 2008: Second place, SKUD-18 – US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Florida