University of Miami Sailing Team
About the Team
The sailing team at the University of Miami was formed in 2004 and immediately gained momentum to become one of the most competitive sailing programs in the country. The team qualified for its first ICSA Coed National Championship Semifinal in 2009, made it to its first Coed National Championship Final in 2011 and broke into Sailing World’s top ten coed ranking in 2011. The team also made it to the National Semifinals in 2010 and 2011, and won the Western National Semifinal in 2012. That semifinal win qualified the team to its second consecutive National Championship Final (2012) and cemented the program as a major contender on the college scene.
In recent years, the team made strides to build on its founding success. In 2016 the team raised money to purchase a new fleet of FJs, and in 2017 the team returned to the ICSA Co-ed National Championship for the first time in five years. For its efforts, the team was awarded the University of Miami Club Sport of the Year for both 2016 and 2017 out of more than 50 club teams at UM.
Continuing to build on that success, the team returned to the ICSA Co-ed National Championship in the spring of 2019 and the spring of 2022. The team has also made significant strides in team racing climbing to second in the SAISA team racing championships in the spring of 2022.
College Sailing has its own governing body, the ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association), and our team is part of the South Atlantic District (SAISA) which includes some of the most competitive sailing programs in the country. Our team also travels to many interconference events each semester
Our Fleet of FJs
In addition to our fleet of eight Zim Flying Juniors (FJ’s) the team also practices in a fleet of twenty C420s, giving the program access to the two major fleets in college sailing. We are currently working to expand our fleet of FJs to accommodate our growing team and host larger regattas.
With ideal sailing conditions in Miami and Biscayne Bay, the University of Miami is the perfect place for a collegiate sailing team. The team currently practices from the United States Olympic Sailing Center in Coconut Grove on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.