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Spring Season 2017

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Hello Sailors, Friends and Family,

It’s almost that time! The spring season kickoff is only a few short days away. To catch you up on our activities, we’ve spent the offseason training together in the gym and socializing at team dinners. We also participated in a high school outreach event at our home club with several other teams from the area. Despite all the fun we’ve had this winter, everyone is itching to get back on the water! Our boats are set to be put in during the first week of the spring quarter. We have a full season ahead of us, including our first women’s regatta since the Princeton Women’s Regatta in 2010. We’ve gained some new team members and are looking forward to having everyone at practice soon. We’re also excited to reconnect with our alumni this spring at our annual Alumni Banquet and Friends and Family Regatta. Be sure to RSVP!

Fair Winds!

Drexel Sailing

The Next Chapter for Drexel Sailing

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With the retirement of our head coach Doug Brown, the team has taken time to reminisce about our previous seasons, and look into the future to envision what we will be. With a summer filled with planning and an extensive search for the right coach, we are ready for a very successful fall season.

We want to give a very warm welcome to our new coach Craig Prinski. He has a wealth of sailing experience to teach to our team and is a very connected sailor in the Philadelphia area. We will add a more extensive profile to the website. As our new coach, he is ready to bring the team to a new level of competitiveness. This coming weekend the team is hosting its annual Alumni Regatta which will be an excellent way for the team to introduce new sailors to old and the new coach to the workings of the team. Following the week we begin our first week of practice at the Corinthian Yacht club.

We have a very exciting season ahead of us with a lot of local regattas, and good competition. With another year of improvement, fun, and new friends ahead of us, we are ready.

 

Sail Fast,

Drexel Sailing Team

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Searching for a New Coach

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Hello everyone!

below is a job description for the Drexel sailing coach. If you are interested, email our president, Barrett Adams at president@drexelsailing.com
or if you know anyone that would be interested, please share!

Thank You!

 

Drexel University’s Club Sailing Team is currently looking for a head coach.  Drexel University is located in the City of Philadelphia.  The Sailing Team sails out of Corinthian Yacht Club which is located on the Delaware River in Essington, Pennsylvania. Currently the team has about 20 members and its own fleet of eight FJ’s.

We seek an experienced sailor who is not only knowledgeable in the fundamentals of racing, but who also has a great passion and enthusiasm for the sport.  Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the running of 2 or possibly 3 weekly practices, teaching fundamentals of racing, attending 2 regattas per season, attending annual CPR and First Aid training as well as Drexel athletics meetings, ensuring a safe practice environment, and complying with the Drexel Athletic Department requirements.

Requirements for the head coach is that they be a US Sailing Level 1 certified instructor as well as certified in CPR and First Aid. We also ask that they be able to:

  •   Communicate and convey their skills and knowledge effectively.
  •   Teach the fundamentals of sailboat racing effectively.
  •   Develop team members as sailors at all skill levels.
  •   Prepare individuals and the team as a whole for high level competition.
  •   Set goals and expectations for individual team members to strive for and achieve throughout their career on the team.
  •   Set goals and expectations for the entire Drexel sailing program.
  •   Be able to motivate individual team members as well as the whole team.

The Drexel sailing program strives for excellence, and expects the head sailing coach to create a competitive club team in MAISA, while developing and perpetuating a well organized, skilled, and fun sailing team.

The Drexel Sailing Team is a student run club sport, leaving the major decisions to the officers of the team, which includes scheduling of events, regattas, practices, fundraising, and recruiting new sailors. As a coach of the team, we do not require that you be a part of these decisions but would highly value your opinion on many of the matters that arise each year.

 

We look forward to an exciting and competitive Fall 2016 season. Please email your resume or questions to our President, Barrett Adams at president@drexelsailing.com.

 

Sincerely,

The Drexel Sailing Team

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Coach Doug Brown Retires

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Hello everyone,

We bring the unfortunate news that coach Doug Brown has decided to retire from his position as head coach. It was a tough decision but in the end was the best for him. His work helping and guiding the team will never be forgotten as we move forward into the next seasons. Coach Brown has pledged to help the team if need be, so Drexel sailors may see him again in the future. We are still figuring out how we are going to get the motor boat to run without Coach Brown’s expertise, and will be thinking of him whenever she decides not to run.

Jokes aside, as a team we will sincerely miss our coach and thank him dearly for his teachings.

Godspeed coach, and thank you.

 

The Drexel Sailing Team

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End Of The Season

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Sadly, the spring season has come to a close, but with the end of spring, comes the amazing weather of summer. The spring gave a lot of our younger members a chance to train and compete, improving their skills for the coming fall. Our very own Drexel Open was one of the more memorable regattas, with a light wind day on Saturday to winds sustaining 25 knots on Sunday. Our crash boat worked very hard that Sunday to keep the fleet upright. With Drexel coming out on top of that regatta, it was a success all around. To finish the season, the team had our annual alumni banquet and friends and family regatta. The alumni banquet brought many of our old team members back into the fold for a night of good food and good memories. The friends and family regatta started out cold in the morning but the sun pushed through the clouds for an amazing day of sailing. Overall, the season was a good one for all, with many improvements to the team (website!), and plenty of memories to keep.

LOOKING FORWARD

The team plans to work on a range of things for the summer. Near the top of the list is an overhaul of our coach boats, including a new paint jobs and naming ceremonies. In the near future the team is going to order embroidered Patagonia’s for warmth and to increase exposure. With lots happening in the off season, we plan to keep in touch with all.

(P.S. We have updated our burgee!)

 

“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”— Kenneth Grahame

Nick Piasecki

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A Letter To Our Alumni – 5/6/16

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Dear Alumni,

We hope you are all doing well and are excited for the warm weather ahead. We have some new updates regarding the technology aspect of the team.

We don’t know when the last time the website was running, but we have taken the initiative to restore it to modern web standards and get it running again.

Drexel students Nick Piasecki, College of Engineering ’19, and James Lewis, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design ’18, arrived at Drexel a little over a year ago from The Shipley School. Nick, an avid sailor since a young age, immediately joined the sailing team, where he soon became the equipment manager. The two living together in the beloved Kelly Hall took quick notice to the lack of a Drexel Sailing website. James knew a thing or two about websites already and the two decided to tackle the problem. With that said, here is a message from Nick and James,

Nick and I are proud to introduce this new website for the Drexel Sailing team. Admittedly, it took longer than we would like to admit due to our heavy workload in school, but it is finally here. Our main goal for this website is to introduce ease of communication for the President to the Alumni. Additionally, the website should act as a face to this Club and offer a better means of information delivery to not only the team but also prospective members. Its been carefully constructed for easy browsing, intuitive use, and will continue to be developed and improved as needed.

We both expect this to be a new beginning for Drexel Sailing and are not going to stop with just this website. This sort of change and effort will continue into the management and appearance of our boats, our gear, and social media presence. Nick and I are working on developing a series of entertaining videos that we know will raise the awareness of the club. We are excited about the new changes coming and will be updating you regularly on our progress.

All the best,

Nick Piasecki ’19
James Lewis ’18