Welcome to Princeton Sailing!
About the Team
Students with any amount of sailing experience are welcome to join the team at any time. While the team is a mix of long-time competitive sailors and students completely new to the sport, we all take our commitment to athletic competition seriously. 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.
Once classes begin, we hold practice four days 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. Sailors are able to choose which ones to race in, from Massachusetts to Maryland.
The spring season recommences with a preseason trip to Florida during Intersession, 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.
Finally, it is important to emphasize that the Princeton Sailing Team is more than just an athletic team. It is a comradeship, whose 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.
For our regatta schedule, check out the Schedule page.
For alumni information, and to DONATE, visit the Alumni page.
To learn more about Princeton's participation in collegiate sailing, visit the website of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association.
Prospective sailors: To learn more, or to contact us for any other reason, please don't hesitate to email our Recruitment Chair, Isabella Impalli '22, or our Commodore, Charlie Flynn '20 - their emails can be found on the Contact page.