Who are we?
The University of Texas Sailing Team is a group of full time undergrad students who self-run a team that competes within our district and throughout the country. We will teach anyone who wants to learn to sail and compete. The skill level on our team ranges from childhood racers to summer camp sailors and even people who have never sailed before.
Who can join?
Any undergraduate, full-time student at the University of Texas can join. There are no try-outs. All are welcome!
Do I need to have sailing experience?
No experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know. Everyone who participates in practice has th opportunity to move up within the team and to sail at regattas.
What kind of gear do I need to sail?
What kind of boats do ya’ll sail?
The team owns a fleet of 18 Flying Juniors (FJs) purchased in 2005. These are two person boats that are highly performance based and allow for agility and speed on the water. We are currently in the process of selling these boats and getting new ones in preparation for Nationals 2012, which will be held in Austin!
What is the time commitment?
As a club sport, we are not require to attend practices or regattas. However, the more practices you attend, the more you will sail, and the better you will become. It is truely a sport that you get what you put in to it. That being said, we have weekly Monday night meetings at 8:00 where we go over new business and the lesson for the week. There are generally two (2) practices a week, one on Tuesday and one on Thursday, and depending on the schedules of new members we may add a third practice on Wednesdays. Most every weekend we travel to regattas all over our district. Again, nothing is mandatory, but we have a feeling that if you come out and get involved you will really fall in love sailing, just like we did.
Do ya’ll do anything outside of practice?
As with any team, we spend a lot of time together and for new UT students, joining a team is a great way to meet people. We like to do a social event usually once a month to bring the team together in a non-sailing way and to let our members get to know one another. This could be playing volleyball, pool parties, movie nights, or a number of other fun activities.
How expensive is it to join the sailing team?
Dues are paid every semester and run at $220. We collect dues to cover travel costs, boat repairs, occasional plane tickets, and we are now beginning to save for Nationals in 2012.
What is a regatta?
A regatta is the name that we use for our sailing competitions. A regatta consists of the three or more races. Collegiate sailing has regattas almost every weekend and we usually sail both Saturday and Sunday. Our attempt at these regattas is to complete a full round robin which allows for all teams to sail in each boat.
Who do y'all compete with?
Within SEISA (our district), South-Eastern Intercollegiate Sailing Association, we sail against other, mostly club, school teams. We often sail against Texas A&M, Texas A&M Galveston, Oklahoma University, Tulane University, Colorado University- Boulder, University of Western Florida, and more. However, when we travel out of our district, we do sail against varsity teams such as MIT, Boston College, College of Charleston, USC, Stanford, Dartmouth, Harvard and more.
Where do y'all travel to?
The team generally travels within our district which spans from north to Colorado, South to Corpus Christi, and East to western Florida. Austin is in line with our most western teams. At least once a semester the team will send a group of sailors to an Intersectional to compete within different districts and, on occasion, we even make it to national championship regattas.