The University of Southern California Varsity Sailing Team
represents an integration of intense competition, extreme focus, diversification, and
lots of fun. The rigors of sailing on the team rival those of
the classroom. Team members must balance work with play (college sailing and college are both), while maintaining the academic
excellence that was exhibited to be admitted to USC.
Practices are strenuous, goals are challenging, expectations are
high and an individuals roles on the team can be many. Skills of
leadership and teamwork are paramount and our number one goal
(as it has been for decades) is that this should be some of the most
fulfilling years of your life, particularly in sailing.
appearances at practices. The team also travels to practice
at other venues and in other boats. Practices are always intense
and heavily focused on preparing for upcoming events. The fall
season is a balance of Sloops, Lasers, Coed and Women's dinghy
sailing with some team racing. In the spring the emphasis
shifts to Team Racing and Coed/Women's dinghies. Due to our
excellent facility, abundance of boats, and extraordinary sailing
venue, we are happy to host many of the college, as well as high
school, events on the West Coast including the largest combined
College and High School event in the country the
consist of three weekly sessions from 1pm to 6pm, Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday. Available Priority Registration
assists students in scheduling their classes around practice
in order to have ample sailing time without missing class.
The team travels from campus to the United States Sailing
Center in Long Beach in team vans and/or car pool. At
the Sailing Center (see “Facility” page) the team practices in a
myriad of boats ranging from a fleet of 18 Collegiate Flying
Juniors, Lasers, 420s, J24s, and various other keel boats.
The team takes full advantage of the many high caliber sailors
on the West Coast, numerous being USC alumni, with
Hosting, as well as competing in events makes for a challenging
schedule. When we are not competing on our home waters,
we travel up and down the West Coast from breezy San Francisco
to sunny San Diego. We also travel to the East coast and around
the country to major intersectional and championship
regattas. Competitions take us to Hawaii just about every
other year. The team competes nearly every weekend against
much of the best talent college sailing has to offer.
Our roster boasts about 25 student athletes. We welcome
sailors of all abilities and there are ample boats for the
team to expand. With four nationally competitive teams
(coed, women’s, team, and sloop) there are a plethora
leadership and team roles to be filled. Aside from team
positions, our sailors are leaders in their respective majors.
At USC, there are 17 professional schools (more than any other
major research university), offering 77 different majors.
While some sailors choose to explore the Greek system of fraternities/sororities
that is available, many do not, as the team creates a great
social and support infrastructure to ensure success both on
and off the water. In addition, the team takes advantage of
our year round sailing opportunities to have a lighter sailing
schedule during the beginnings of our academic semesters. While
many schools are chipping ice off their boats or waiting for
their lake to thaw, we sail a short way across the Pacific Ocean
to Santa Catalina Island where we spend the weekend sitting
on the beach and barbequing or drive a few short hours for some
of the best snow skiing in the world.