Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of boats do you sail?

We have a fleet of 24 Collegiate 420s, which are used for practices and regattas. We also have 6 Flying Juniors, 4 Lasers and various student-owned boats including 470s and Vectors.

How many regattas do you attend?

Each weekend, Yale is signed up for between 3 and 10 regattas, and we most commonly send two skippers and two crews to each.

Is sailing a Varsity sport?

Yes, The Yale Sailing Team was recently granted varsity status by the Yale Corporation.

Who is your current coach?

Our coach is Zachary Leonard, a collegiate All-American at Yale and past US Sailing Team member. Zack coached Brown University to the Fowle Trophy after graduating from Yale, and has coached at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and for the U.S. Olympic Team. He also trained for an Olympic spot in the Tornado classes.

Is Yale Sailing a student run organization?

One of Yale Sailing's biggest assets is the fact that it is largely run by students. While we have a full-time coach, students take an active role in the day to day management and organization of YCYC.

What is the practice schedule?

Practices are held Tuesday through Friday, with the team members meeting at Phelps Gate at 2:30 PM for rides to YCYC. We usually get back on campus between 6 to 6:30. Fridays are team dinners at YCYC. It is expected that sailors who are committed to the team attend a minimum of 3 practices a week and strive to make 4.

Who sails Freshmen Events?

These events are open to Freshmen only and usually held on one day of the weekend. The season culminates with the Freshman New Englands and the Freshman Atlantic Coast Championships.

Who sails Junior Varsity, Southern Series & Invites?

These events are open to everyone, unless they have sailed in an Intersectional, and are considered Junior Varsity regattas.

Who sails Women's events?

Women only (sorry, guys). The events are sailed at a Varsity Level and are very competitive.

Who sails Varsity events?

Open to all, the varsity events are sailed by the best sailors on the team. There are Varsity events every weekend.

What about singlehanded events?

A few regattas have Singlehanded divisions. These can be sailed in Lasers (150-190 lbs), Radials (Women Only,110-150 lbs), Techs (MIT only, 170-190 lbs). Singlehanded Nationals are held in the Fall in Lasers and Radials (for Women). We often send sailors to New England and national championship qualifiers.

What about Race Committee?

Due to the high quality of our fleet and sailing area, we often host a number of events each season. These events are handled by the regatta chair and a race committee with the support of other team members.