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Archive April 2014

Come Sail…Delay

Coverage By: WCAX / Scott Fleishman

Lake Champlain is calm these days. It makes a great postcard, but for some the scene is anything but picture perfect. Ice, nearly 18 inches thick in places, has delayed sailing season preparations for UVM and the Northern Vermont High Schools.

“We usually would’ve started a month and a half ago,” UVM sailing tem member Sara Anibal said. “I’ve never seen it this frozen. I don’t think anyone could have predicted that it was going to be this bad.”

“Typically our season wouldn’t start for another week,” Burlington High School Sailing team member Ben Hunt said. “I don’t know if the ice is going to melt by then.”)))

Last year, teams were on the lake by early March. Now they’re looking at the worst conditions since 2007.

“Our season’s really short so when you lose a week, it’s a significant amount of time,” Hunt said.

Their equipment remains idle, while the competition keeps busy.

“It’s pretty frustrating, we’re already at a disadvantage to the other teams that have been on the water,” Anibal said. “We have to really try in our workouts, make the most of our meetings, but the morale of our team is great this year. It’s good to see.”

UVM will start practicing on Mallets bay this week, but only time will tell when Lake Champlain will invite all to come sail away.

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Sailing Programs Delayed by Ice

Coverage By: Fox44 :: My Champlain Valley / Michael Page

Frozen over Lake Champlain is delaying some high school and college sports. Sailboats at Burlington’s Community Sailing Center are idle. By this time last year, the Northern Vermont High School and UVM Sailing Team had already been on the water for a month! For UVM, that means more workouts and indoor meetings.

“A lot of the teams that we compete against are starting even as early as February, end of February so we’re obviously at a disadvantage there,” UVM Sailing Head Coach David Thompson said.

“We make the best use of our time at meetings on Monday nights, talking strategy and technique and reviewing what we learned over the past weekends when we were traveling,” UVM sailor Lauren Jones added.

The UVM Sailing Team will hit the water as soon as ice clears from area boat launches.