Yes, Brother Rice does have a sailing team! In fact, it is co-ed and teamed up with our sister school Mother McAuley. Columbia Yacht Club, the sponsor for the Brother Rice – Mother McAuley Sailing team, will begin its summer sailing program June 11 with sessions running through August 17th. Because we are sponsored team, Columbia offers to Rice-McAuley students (including incoming freshmen) member rates for the sailing programs.
Columbia offers a wide range of programs including beginning through advanced sailing education. Students learn basic sailing/seamanship and safety through advanced levels of sailing and racing depending on skills and experience. Time is split between classroom theory and on-the-water practice. The program is run in 2 to 3 week sessions and, as well, an entire summer program is available at a deeply discounted rate. Sailing begins at 9 AM and runs through 5 PM Monday through Friday. Depending on skill level, students may be able to compete in summer regattas (racing events) on the weekends.
Four of our team members took advantage of the full summer program last year and the progress that they achieved with this intensive program in their sailing abilities was incredible
Although in its beginning years, our Crusaders have moved up into the middle of the pack in Midwestern Interscholastic High School Sailing (MISSA) and have already competed in the Junior 420 Nationals, the Great Oaks National High School Regatta, and in 3 Junior Olympics competitions. We have traveled throughout the Midwest and ‘out of our zone’ to Miami and New Orleans to represent our schools. We are growing as a team and would love to see the team continue to become more competitive in this rapidly growing sport. (The growth of MISSA has been a blockbuster now including over 55 teams including Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius Prep from our conference.)
The summer sailing program offers students who may have an interest in sailing or considering becoming part of the sailing team a chance to experience what this sport is all about.
Information about the Brother Rice – Mother McAuley sailing team is available on the Brother Rice web page at: www.athletics.brotherrice.org under ‘sailing’.
Kate Mullane, BR parent advisor for the sailing team, is available to answer questions regarding the Rice – McAuley program at katee.mullane [at] gmail [dot] com.
Information and registration forms for the Columbia summer sailing program are available on the Columbia website under ‘sailing school’ at: www.columbiayachtclub.org.