Jacksonville University Sailing
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With its home waters on the beautiful St. Johns River, the Jacksonville University Sailing Team is a rapidly growing, competitive organization. Operating under the Division of Student Life, the JU Sailing Team is made up of both new and experienced sailors and acts as a competitive racing team and as a recreational club. In fall 2012, it became the first collegiate varsity sailing team in Northeast Florida.
The team sails for the full academic year, traveling throughout the United States to compete with colleges and universities in weekend regattas (follow its progress during the season here). At home, the team practices on the river three times a week and works out together in the on-campus gym, the Tank, twice a week.
Members learn teamwork, patience and discipline, and they enhance their cognitive talents and build their athleticism. Sailing requires physicality -- Head Varsity Sailing Coach Jon Faudree likes to joke that “you can pick out sailors because they’re tan and they’re bruised.”
The sport requires an ability to adapt to changes quickly, to be flexible and to be opportunistic. The small size of the JU team offers students unique opportunities to compete at all experience levels, to get on the water and to take part in regattas.
Who Can Join
The JU Sailing Team welcomes and trains any and all students interested in trying out the sport. There is no sailing experience required, and no tryouts. However, students must pass a swim test.
Travel, Competitions and Achievements
Competitive regattas take place every weekend of the academic year, giving JU sailors plentiful opportunities to travel with the team throughout the nation. Regatta participation is flexible around schedules, and all student travel expenses are paid for by the organization.
JU is a member of both the national Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association and the South Atlantic Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.
Jacksonville University ranks in the top 5 out of the 27 teams in the SAISA. In Spring 2014, the team qualified to compete in the College Sailing National Championship Semifinals with a team of six freshmen sailors. This not only marked the first time that JU qualified for semi-nationals, but also the first time in national collegiate sailing history that a team of all freshmen competed in the national competition. They sailed as one of the top 36 of the 250 college sailing teams in the nation, competing with teams from institutions such as Stanford University, the U.S. Naval and Coast Guard academies, the College of Charleston and Harvard University. This accomplishment was featured in a June 2, 2014, article in The Florida Times-Union.
The team uses a fleet of 12 new Z420 sailboats, christened in January 2014. More than 200 donors raised nearly $100,000 to purchase one of the first fleets of these vessels designed and manufactured specifically for college sailing.
The JU Sailing Team is also the only team in the nation to be sponsored by Musto, one of the world’s leading producers of sailing gear and apparel.
Head Varsity Sailing Coach Jon Faudree brought his lifelong love of the sport to Jacksonville University when he came to the school in fall 2012.
Before coaching, he was a competitive sailor. He started racing at age 9 and was skippering his family’s J/24 at 15, winning several club championships and local regattas along the way. He became New York State’s Laser champion in 1997 after winning the gold medal at the Empire State Games.
In the past 20 years, Faudree has dedicated himself to teaching and coaching sailing. His students have gone on to be Collegiate All-Americans, Collegiate Sailing Coaches, National Champions and U.S. Olympic team members.
Under his coaching, the team burst into the national spotlight. In fall 2013, it ranked 20th out of the 27 teams in SAISA, and less than a year later, at the end of spring 2014, JU ranked 4th and qualified for the College Sailing National Championship Semifinals.
For more information on the Jacksonville University Sailing Team, contact Varsity Sailing Head Coach Jon Faudree at firstname.lastname@example.org, or view the JU Sailing Facebook page at JacksonvilleUniversitySailingTeam.