The Princeton Sailing Team makes it possible to combine the unforgettable experience of collegiate sailing with the unique undergraduate experience Princeton University offers. Since 1928, we’ve worked hard to continue great legacies and traditions.
As we sail into the Spring 2014 season, we are overhauling our website for the next generation of sailors. Please keep this in mind as you explore the site as only a portion has been updated to reflect the current season. For the latest updates, information, and pictures, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/princetonsailing.
A little information about us:
Students with any amount of sailing experience are welcome to join the team at any time. We kick off with preseason about one week before classes begin in September. We move our twelve FJs from our boathouse on Lake Carnegie to our sailing site at Raritan Yacht Club on Raritan Bay in Perth Amboy, NJ.
Once classes begin, we hold practice three times a week, leaving campus in carpools at 1:30 PM and returning in time for dinner. While new sailors learn the basics from their skippers, the entire team practices boat-handling skills with drills and races. We enter one or two regattas each weekend in the fall and spring. Sailors are able to choose which ones to race in, from Massachusetts to Maryland. Please review our racing calendar for the 2014 Season.
The spring season recommences with a preseason trip to Florida during Intercession, the weeklong vacation between first semester finals and the start of second semester classes in the beginning of February.
The time commitment of the sailing team can be flexible, but everyone on the team is required to practice at least two days each week (ensuring to plan a cooperative class schedule) and race in at least two regattas each season.
Dinghy sailing does require certain gear, but don’t worry about having it when you come to check out practice — we have extra life jackets! Once it starts to get cold we do wear drysuits and lots of layers, so you will want to invest in gear of your own. In addition, team members pay annual dues, subject to ability to pay.
To learn more about Princeton’s participation in collegiate sailing, visit this page of the website of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association.
Finally, it is important to emphasize that the Princeton Sailing Team, although becoming increasingly competitive, is more than just an athletic team. It is a comradeship, where members spend a lot of time together - both on and off the water. With weekend events, dinners, and cookouts, you’re sure to have a great time with the team.