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What is College Sailing?

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What is college sailing?

Collegiate sailing tests the muscles and brainpower of up to 24 two-person teams, each striving to out-maneuver opponents and cross the finish line first in each of a series of 20-minute long races. Regattas utilize a two division format, with finishing positions for each team's `A' Division and `B' Division combined to determine the overall winner of a regatta.

Sailing has been an Olympic sport since 1900 and college sailing formally began in the 1930s. Today college sailing has grown to more than 200 active teams, and racing occurs every weekend throughout the fall and spring. College sailing is a unique coeducational sport in which sailors compete in co-ed and women's events. College sailors have gone on to succeed in the highest levels of the sport. They have found success as Olympians, America's Cup competitors and round-the-world racers.

Varsity sailing is open to all Dartmouth students who are interested in developing their sailing skills. Dartmouth attracts top junior sailors from around the nation and welcomes anyone who has sailed casually in the past and even those who have never sailed at all. The team is open to natural athletes who are willing to learn a fun and challenging sport.

Each weekend the Dartmouth sailing team enters up to 10 regattas around New England. Regattas range from top-level varsity intersectionals to freshman series events for the newest sailors to augment their skills. The sport is unique because sailors of all skill levels get the chance to compete, each in a regatta of their ability.

With four national championships and 52 All-Americans in Dartmouth's lauded history, the Big Green sailing team continues to be one of the best in the nation. If you have any further questions about college sailing or the Dartmouth sailing team, please don't hesitate to contact the sailing team at