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August 28, 2014 College, How to, Sailing

Team Sailing

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DSC00456Two dozen young women who play field hockey for the University of Michigan went on a team-building cruise in the Chesapeake Bay, organized by SailTime of Virginia Beach. They’re ranked 17th nationally in the coaches’ pre-season polls, and their confidence was apparent. They took to sailing instantly by handling a challenging 15 mph wind with the aplomb of seasoned crew. Playing at the highest level of the NCAA requires superior athletic skills, of course, but an added esprit de corps and fearless aggression led them to excel at running big boats in stiff winds. Several sported big blue bruises from getting hit by the hockey ball at their practice camp in Virginia Beach. “I’d rather get hit by a stick,” one woman laughed as we sailed into the sunset.

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