Established in 1997, the Community Sailing Center hosts the only high school sailing team in Vermont! All interested students from area high schools (public or private) and home schools that have sailing experience and are in good standing at their school are welcome as team members. NVHSST offers sailors the chance to fine tune their skills during regular team practices and compete throughout New England. The team practices three to five days a week after school, with weekend regattas both at home and away. We sail and compete in both the spring and the fall.
Each sailor practices 3 days/week, 3:30-6:30pm for the entire season. The Community Sailing Center provides 420 sailboats, access to the water, coaching, PFDs (although most sailors prefer to have their own), scholarships and facilities.
Current participating schools include: Champlain Valley Union HS, Burlington HS, Essex HS, Rice HS, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, South Burlington HS, and Rock Point School.
For additional information please contact Mary Dowd at (802) 864-2499.
Links of Interest:
- High School Sailing Team Manual
- New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) – This page has helpful information about regatta schedules in our region.
- Sailor Code of Conduct
2017 Fall Season
Coach: Will Nye
August 21 – October 13
The fall season is eight weeks long, beginning in late August and ending mid-October. Due to the different goals of our sailors, we are splitting our sailors into two different teams: Home Team and Travel Team. The two teams will be determined during the first week of practice. Sailors are encouraged to come to practice every day that week to sail with different sailors and work with our head coach, Will Nye.
The Home Team is for sailors who are looking to build and develop their skills or who are not interested in traveling for regattas. The Home Team will practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week of the season.
The Travel Team is for sailors who are ready to race and travel to regattas. Regattas are located throughout New England with the majority being held in Maine. The Travel Team will practice on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week of the season. If there are five sailors from the same school on the Travel Team, we will register the team with the New England Schools Sailing Association. Any sailor who is not affiliated with a team can sail on the NVHSST.
Gear: Early in the fall season sailors may dress according to the weather. As the water temperature gets colder we recommend foul weather gear, spray tops, and quick drying layers. Booties are best to sail in but depending on water temperature may not be required.
2018 Spring Season
The spring season is six weeks long, beginning in mid April and ending the last week of May. Students must sail at an intermediate level or higher to participate in the spring. Previous racing experience or participation on the team is best. The team will practice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week.
Gear: Due to the cold water temperatures spring sailors are required to have a full wetsuit or a drysuit. Booties are required.