The UVM Sailing Team Update

Six years ago, UVM started becoming a major competitor in inter-collegiate sailing. Every year the team grows and the level of talent increases. Many team members join with racing experience while others begin their careers here. Regardless of sailing skills background, it has taken strong a commitment from team members to reach our current level of competition. Last spring the team made a major step in its development by sending four sailors to the Buckeye Intersectional regatta at Ohio State. This fall we continued our activity in events further from UVM by sending sailors to the North/South Intersectional regatta at UC Santa Barbara.

The team sails out of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center in Waterfront Park and practices four days a week from 3:00 until dark. Once the lake freezes over, sailing practice stops for the season. For the past two years the team has kicked off the spring season with a spring break training trip to Miami. This week allows team members to re-focus on sailing after a long winter. In order to make up for lost time, practice in Miami consists of double sessions for five straight days.

The sailing team is a student organized and run through the Student Government Association at the University of Vermont. Each year the team counts on fundraising activities to help maintain our operating budget. We are currently working towards purchasing a brand new fleet of boats. Come check out the team and get involved. The sailing team welcomes anyone interested in the sport, regardless of skill level.

For more information, please contact sailing team president Andrew Conell [email protected]