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Yale Sailing Hall of Fame


Facilities: McNay Family Sailing Center

Sailing At Yale

The Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, established in 1881, is the oldest collegiate sailing club in the world. Located on a beautiful rocky cove in Branford, CT., the club is a state of the art sailing facility and home to the Yale Varsity Sailing Team. The fleet consists of twenty 420 racing dinghies, augmented by fleets of FJs, Lasers, and three safety launches. Our sailing area is located on open water and boasts what may be the finest wind and waves in all of college sailing.

The Yale varsity sailing program is one of the top teams in the Nation. In 2009 Yale won the Women’s National Championship, was 2nd at the Co-ed Dinghy Nationals and won the Fowle Trophy for team of the Year in college sailing.  The Yale Sailing Team has produced scores of All-Americans, World Champions and Olympic Medalists in its long history. In fact, Yale sailors have represented the US in each Olympics since 1992.

The team is supported by an active alumni organization and full-time racing coaches, Zack Leonard and Bill Healy. In addition, the Yacht Club has recently undergone a renovation that replaced the aging club with a brand new club house. Click here to to view the renovated clubhouse.


2-time Olympian Stuart Mcnay      Jane Macky and Marla Menninger en                                                                                                                                                                                      route to a second national championship  

Each weekend of the season the Yale Sailing Team enters as many as 8 events and most weekends we host an event at home. The events run the gamut from two-day, Varsity intersectionals, where the top college sailors in the country shoot it out, to one-day, minor events designed for beginning racers to hone their skills. Yale is a member of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association or NEISA. NEISA is packed with top ranked sailing schools, which makes for great weekend racing at many sites not far from New Haven. Varsity Sailing is open to all Yale Students who are interested in racing. We attract top National Youth Racers who choose Yale to help develop their sailing skills, beginning racers, and everyone in between. Many sailors aiming at Olympic classes choose Yale for the excellent training conditions our venue provides. The team practices Tuesday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:00. Most team members are able to sail 3 or 4 days a week if they schedule their classes carefully. We typically have 12 to 18 boats on the line at practice.  Our goal is to provide a fun but challenging racing atmosphere for a wide variety of sailors.
 Our fleet consists of 20 420s, 12 Fjs and 5 lasers which we replace every 5 years. The new sailing center houses locker rooms, repair and maintenance facilities, coaches offices, a large team room/classroom and an apartment with a kitchen for visiting sailors and our summer program manager. The sailing conditions on Long Island Sound in the spring and fall are second to none. 505 and 420 World Champion Steve Taylor once described Yale's sailing facility as the finest training facility in the US. Indeed, many of our top sailors take advantage of the fantastic waves and open water sailing conditions to improve their one design-sailing in addition to their college racing. Many Yale sailors aspire to Olympic sailing and bring 470s, lasers, 49ers or other high performance boats to school where they can train in their spare time.



2009 Fowle Trophy Winners                                        Jane Macky Sailor of the Year

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