NCF Sailing: The only Intercollegiate Sport at New College
The Sailing Team has evolved over the years from just a group of several students with a passion for sailing to a competitive intercollegiate racing team. As New College’s only intercollegiate sport, the team allows students to supplement their education with an activity that embodies teamwork, commitment, and responsibility. The school has recently hired a racing coach whose aligned philosophies and vast amount of sailing experience has allowed the team to reach these new heights and continue to grow.
Unlike most intercollegiate sports, the NCF Sailing Team believes in giving each and every sailor, regardless of their abilities, the opportunity to compete and become an important part of the team. This philosophy of inclusion has made the sailing team a unique opportunity where the students can become teachers, and learn through experience the skills necessary to be a well-rounded sailor and individual.
New College consistently brings the most sailors to regattas, giving each one a chance to sail, while still keeping a competitive standing in the fleet. The team’s largest attendance this season was at the USF Southpoints regatta in St. Petersburg, where 12 team members attended and 12 team members sailed. This is something that most teams cannot boast.
The team’s largest priority is to become more competitive as a racing team while still maintaining the fun atmosphere that all students love. However, there are countless other benefits that make the team attractive to students. Students have expressed these qualities as important reasons for why they joined the team: friendship, stress relief, physical fitness, balanced lifestyles, educational benefits, and becoming a part of the community of sailing.
These things are what makes the New College Sailing Team “brilliantly [u]nique.” On and off the water, from the coach to the sailors, and the practices to the regattas, all of these things contribute to a college experience unlike no other.