Travel

photo of the team in Austin, Texas

A huge component to college sailing is traveling to different schools to compete in regattas. According to Daniel Levy, a former UF sailor, almost every weekend, the UF team is traveling to a different city, and the team must come up with at least four sailors to send. This sometimes poses a challenge for the club.

Usually, the sailors travel to different parts of Florida to compete in regattas within their district, SAISA. Major sailing teams within this district include the University of South Florida, Eckerd, the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University and the College of Charleston.

When it comes time to compete in Districts, the team's biggest competitor is typically the College of Charleston, Levy said. This team is historically known to have an excellent sailing team, and the college can afford to support a full-time coach. When the UF team travels to Charleston to compete, however, the conditions in the bay are quite different than those of Lake Wauburg, where the team practices. Charleston's waters have much more current and more wind than the lake's, Levy said.

Not only do sailors get to travel to venues close by. They also road trip to colleges as far away as New York City and San Francisco. Levy said that the travel aspect is his favorite part of being on the team. Sailors get to experience a new city, meet new people and sail on new waters.

The picture shown here is from the Katherine Hammond regatta in Austin, Texas. Although the team drove 17 hours to make it to the regatta, the trip was worth it, Levy said. The group had the opportunity to walk around downtown Austin, visit a park and eat some delicious Mexican food.