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 Spring Season
Coach: Will Nye
April 18 – May 25
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.
2017 Fall Season
The fall season is eight weeks long and begins the last week of August and continues through late October. All students are invited to participate in the fall season as long as they have completed a Level 1 Sailing Camp with the CSC or equivalent (please direct questions about ability to the Program Director).
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.