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Varsity Sailing Team FAQ

  1. Is Sailing a Varsity Sport at MIT?
  2. Can any MIT undergraduate join? Do I need lost of prior experience?
  3. Who do you sail against?
  4. When do you practice and compete?
  5. It sounds like a big time commitment. Will I be able to handle it with my course load?
  6. Sailing sounds expensive. What am I going to have to buy?
  7. I have a small build and am usually too small for other sports. Can I sail?
  8. Is there a women's team?

 

  1. Q: Is Sailing a Varsity Sport at MIT?
    A: Yes, MIT Sailing is a varsity sport at MIT. This means that you are well supported through the Department of Athletics and have access to all varsity athlete privileges including Athletic Training and the Varsity weight room.
    Last edit by: alvarso
  2. Q: Can any MIT undergraduate join? Do I need lost of prior experience?
    A: EVERY MIT undergraduate is welcome to join the Sailing Team at MIT. In fact, some of our most successful sailors have come to us having never sailed before college. All that is required for success is a great attitude and desire to learn a new and fun sport. Of course, we take experienced sailors as well.
    Last edit by: alvarso
  3. Q: Who do you sail against?
    A: As one or the Charter members of college sailing, MIT competes at the top level of Intercollegiate sailing. We compete every weekend against the best in the country and have had a great level of success in the storied history of the program.
    Last edit by: alvarso
  4. Q: When do you practice and compete?
    A: Our normal practice times are from 4-7 on Tuesdays through Friday. We compete on the weekends.
    Last edit by: alvarso
  5. Q: It sounds like a big time commitment. Will I be able to handle it with my course load?
    A: We are VERY realistic about the amount of work our student-athletes have. Facing such challenges in the classroom requires a lot of hard work and we feel it is important that the Sailing Team takes NOTHING away from your student experience. However, we can provide some much needed distraction and social support from the pressures of school.

    With such a wide range of experience on the team, we try hard to offer something for everyone. Some sailors compete every weekend and are working hard to be the best in the entire country. Others on the team are sailing on only a few Saturdays or Sundays per season.

    Of course, MIT hosts regattas almost every single weekend and with all the other schools in Boston, you can sail almost all of your regattas on the River, which means no time wasted traveling. As long as you communicate with the coaches about your desired time commitment, we will do our best to make it work for you and the team.
    Last edit by: alvarso

  6. Q: Sailing sounds expensive. What am I going to have to buy?
    A: Nothing! At MIT, we have excellent support for our student athletes. We take care of all of the major expenses, like a drysuit, lifejacket, and boats. Other gear is all optional and we leave the rest to personal preference. Usually some fleece long underwear, gloves, hat, and old sneakers is the minimum you would need. Even our team travel, lunches at regattas, and gas and hotels are covered by the Institute.
    Last edit by: alvarso
  7. Q: I have a small build and am usually too small for other sports. Can I sail?
    A: YES! Sailing in college has no limitations to size, and in many cases, the smaller the better. Athleticism, balance, and endurance are always pluses but in many cases, sailing can help you gain some of these attributes.
    Last edit by: alvarso
  8. Q: Is there a women's team?
    A: Yes, there is a Coed Team and a Women's team, so women are invited to come and sail on both teams. Women are always welcome to compete against the boys, and often sail in the same boat together. We support our Women's team as well as our Coed, with coaches at most events and comprehensive travel.
    Last edit by: alvarso

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Updated: 2014/05/01 19:03:12
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Updated: 2014/05/01 19:03:12