Off to a regatta!
Well it was a historic weekend for Stony Brook—our sailing team competed in our first ever competitive intercollegiate regatta!! Now maybe I’m a bit biased as I’m the Founding President of the team, but still. Pretty freaking cool!!
When you hear during orientation that if.......
Two years ago, I found a group of people who were all interested in sailing, and we began to forge the beginning of the sailing team. Starting a club involves a ton of paperwork, writing a constitution, and going to lots of workshops to learn how to run a club. After that, if your club is approved, you are assigned a programming advisor, who works in the Student Activities Center and helps you book rooms for meetings and events. Plus, you also get to find a faculty advisor, who is there to help solve personality problems or offer suggestions to the club. When all this is said and done, and you have been around for long enough, you can start the process of obtaining a budget from the Undergraduate Student Government. This is quite the ordeal. I’m pretty sure I went through at least a couple bottles of Tylenol with all the headaches this caused. Long story short, we were able to get $1500 last summer, and then $13,500 for this past school year. We also amazingly got a grant for $20k to purchase boats! Right now we are building up our fleet of 420’s (2 person, 2 sail, racing sailboat that is 4.2m long)- we have two boats that we bought used from SUNY Maritime that are in excellent condition. This week hopefully we’ll finally be taking possession of eleven 420s from the Port Jefferson School District. These boats are quite a bit older, and need some love to get them up to par, but boats are boats! We also have a couple inflatable motor boats for coaches.
For the past couple months we have been launching into Port Jeff Harbor on the weekends—and hopefully soon enough we will officially be partnered with the Setauket Yacht Club- we won’t be homeless anymore!
This past weekend, five varsity sailors and our coach went down to Annapolis for our first ever MAISA-sanctioned regatta. What’s MAISA? Most college sports are regulated by the NCAA. Sailing doesn’t fall under NCAA- instead MAISA is our “governing body”.
On Saturday we sailed ten races—gorgeous 85 degree weather! By the end of the day, the team finished third out of five schools!! Pretty awesome! Because the weather cooperated, the regatta was able to be finished in one day... it was supposed to extend to Sunday. So with the day off, we decided to drive forty five minutes south, and spent a couple hours tearing through DC! I had never been to DC, so it was pretty awesome to get to see the White House, Capitol, and all the other fun stuff. I was especially happy to get to see the WWII Memorial—both my grandfathers served in WWII, my uncle served in Vietnam, and I currently have a cousin in the Navy and a brother in the Army. Multigenerational military family :)
The ride back Sunday was a bit long, and just in time to welcome in finals week... gotta love Jersey Turnpike traffic!