What is the schedule and time commitment? 
We run four practices per week and sailors are required to attend two. Practices run from 3:30 pm until sunset and we leave the downtown campus at 2:30 pm. The season runs from the first week of September to the first week of November. Sailors are also guaranteed at least two weekend regattas during the season. Sailors will drive to the host club Friday night, race Saturday and Sunday, and drive home Sunday evening. Additionally, sailors are expected to volunteer at two to three events in-season. 

What is the typical structure of a collegiate regatta? 
We typically send two teams (four people) to each regatta – each pair is either assigned to ‘A Fleet’ or ‘B Fleet’. The ‘A Fleet’ team will race two races against the other schools’ ‘A Fleet’ teams, then head in and ‘B Fleet’ will head out to race two races. The two teams will alternate racing. Each fleet typically races between 6 and 10 races each day. 

What is the typical structure of a collegiate race?
Rather than having a few longer races, collegiate racing aims to complete more, shorter races. As a result, racing typically involves very close fleets. Races are typically around 30 minutes long and use a 3 minute start sequence. There are no drop races. 

Does the McGill Sailing Team accept graduate students? 
No. Unfortunately, the team is exclusively for undergraduate students. 

Do I need sailing experience to join the team? 
Yes. We do sometimes accept sailors who have minimal or no prior racing experience, but sailing experience is necessary. If you are interested in learning to sail, we have a learn-to-sail program that runs during the fall! 

I want to participate in collegiate racing — why should I choose McGill? 

  1. CICSA. We are currently the number one ranked team in Canada for collegiate racing. 
  2. NEISA. NEISA (New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association) is ICSA (InterCollegiate Sailing Association)’s most competitive circuit, home to nine of ICSA’s top 20 teams. NEISA regattas are often very competitive, and really good opportunities for improvement. 
  3. Community. The McGill Sailing Team is a family. On top of practices and regattas, we have bi-weekly ‘family nights’, an annual ski trip, study groups, and much more. 

Do I need to pay to be on the team? 
Yes. We are an entirely self-funded team. Team dues are usually around $800 annually and cover: a year-long membership to the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club, transportation and accommodation at all regattas, boat repair, coaching, and other assorted costs. However, we do recognize that it is not within everyone’s ability to pay full team dues — if the cost is an issue for you, please let us know and we will work something out.