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Re: Starting a Sailing team: Comments, tips, advice, appreciated.
Our daughter helped start a sailing team at her High School. The ISSA site is very helpful. We also found that local Yacht Clubs were looking to build community support (as well as to develop potential new members). William & Mary might be in a similar situation vis à vis town/gown politics - ask! The Yacht Clubs helped provide boats as well as facilities for several different teams at a nominal fee. The school team-racing season doesn't overlap too much with their primarily summer use, so they got extra revenue to help amortize the club-owned boats without impacting their summer sailing programs. I am not sure how insurance was covered, either by the Yacht Club or by the teams. I believe ISSA or US Sailing offers insurance packages for this sort of thing. One team would hold practices Mon/Wed, another Tues/Thurs. Races would be scheduled on Fridays, with each team alternating between hosting and traveling elsewhere to race against another team. Years later, and the teams are still going strong. Maybe it is the co-ed aspect that makes it attractive. Maybe it is the chance to compete with teams from other schools (public and private) from areas and states outside the standard b-ball circuit. Maybe it's an outlet for people who don't "fit" on the football team. It is certainly popular here.
Last edited by paulk; 02-26-2014 at 11:42 PM.