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Each weekend the Yale Sailing Team enters up to 10 events around New England and runs an event at home. The events run the gamut from two-day, Varsity intersectionals, where the top college sailors in the country shoot it out, to one-day, minor events designed for beginning racers to hone their skills. Yale is a member of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association or NEISA. NEISA is packed with top ranked sailing schools, which makes for great weekend racing at many sites not far from New Haven.
Varsity Sailing is open to all Yale Students who are interested in racing. We attract top National Youth Racers who choose Yale to help develop their sailing skills, beginning racers, and everyone in between. Many sailors aiming at Olympic classes choose Yale for the excellent training conditions our venue provides. The team practices Tuesday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:00. Practices are not mandatory, but most team members try to sail 3 or 4 days a week. Our goal is to provide a fun but challenging racing atmosphere for a wide variety of sailors.
Our fleet consists of 24 420s and 6 FJs which we replace every 5 to 6 years. We typically have 12 to 18 boats on the line at practice and our sailing conditions on Long Island Sound are second to none. 505 and 420 World Champion Steve Taylor once described Yale's sailing facility as the finest training facility in the US. Indeed, many of our top sailors take advantage of the fantastic waves and open water sailing conditions to improve their one design-sailing in addition to their college racing. Many Yale sailors aspire to Olympic sailing and bring 470s, lasers, 505s or other high performance boats to school where they can train in their spare time.
With 5 Collegiate National Championships and 5 Olympic medals to its credit, Yale sailing has been among the top teams in the country for most of its modern history. If you are interested in more information about the team, don't hesitate to contact us with questions. Remember, Yale sailing is for anyone who really wants to work hard at becoming a good sailboat racer.