About the Team

The UBC Thunderbird Sailing Team has the unique chance to compete in both the CISCA and ICSA conferences within Canada and the U.S. The practice season begins after tryouts on September 10th with competition season beginning in October continuing until June with a break from late November to late January. This past season, our goals as a team were to podium at Canadian Nationals, and qualify for ICSA Nationals again. We are thrilled to share that we met these goals and look forward to higher gains in the upcoming year.

TSC_2016-2017_Sailing_Website_picture boatsThe Sailing Team provides an opportunity for high-level dinghy racing at the university level. The team competes against many other universities such as University of Washington, University of Victoria, Yale University, University of Hawaii, and Tufts University. Skill levels range from casual sailors looking to gain competitive experience to seasoned racers.

Our athletes come from various international backgrounds and encourage students on exchange to try out as well!  We represent many faculties such as Arts, Science, Forestry, and Engineering. As an inclusive group we host various team socials to make sure all members are well adjusted and enjoying the opportunities the sailing team has to offer. Anyone wanting to race competitively, enhance their skills with elite coaching, and join a vibrant team is encouraged to tryout. See you in the fall!

Eligibility Requirement:

Sailors wanting to try out must be open-minded and have a positive, team-driven attitude to transition smoothly to collegiate level racing. We require a commitment of two practices a week, and attendance to at least one regatta each semester. A wetsuit is also required for training in the winter season.

Try Outs: 

Our tryouts will take place in early September at Jericho Sailing Centre. Please follow us on the our Facebook page and at UBC TSC events such as Imagine Day for updates and further details!

Team Fees: 

Team fees are typically paid in one installment of approximately $400 CAD. This year’s team fees will cover Jericho Sailing Centre Membership (at a discounted price), coach’s fees, transportation, and team gear. Team fees are currently under review and are subject to change so please revisit the page closer to tryouts if you are interested!

Practice Schedule: 

Practices are held at Jericho Sailing Centre. Weekly practices will either be both Monday and Friday, or one extended practice that will either be Tuesday or Thursday starting at 3:00pm. We also have fitness specific training at the BirdCoop Gym Sunday evenings.

Competition Schedule: 

  • We share our competition schedule through Google Calendars, please visit that chart on our sailing home page!
  • CISCA Nationals: October 2016
  • ICSA Nationals: June 2017


tsc_2016-17_sailing_blog_november_nats42016-2017 Season Highlights

2nd Place CISCA Fleet Race Canadian Nationals (Kingston, ON)

3rd Place NWICSA Fall Conference Championships (Seattle, WA)

1st Place NWICSA Frosh/Soph Regatta (Bellingham, WA)


2015-2016 Season Highlights

1st Place Western Canada Cup (Victoria, BC)

2nd Place CISCA Fleet Race Canadian Nationals (Ontario)

35th Place ICSA U.S./North American Championships (San Diego, CA)


The Sailing Team branched from the AMS Sailing Club to provide a more competitive aspect for the sport at UBC. From the transition, the team’s competitiveness throughout the years and by 2015 has successfully gained status as a Thunderbird Sports Club. From here on, the Sailing Team is finally able to represent the university in competitions.

Although we are unsure when the AMS Sailing Club first initially originated, it has a lengthy fluctuating history with stories since 1940.

Name Position Email
Ashley-Belle Burns Club Lead sailing.sc@ubc.ca
Catherine Hackwell Finance Executive sailing.sc@ubc.ca
Jane Velghe Marketing and Communications sailing.sc@ubc.ca
Jonah Cadieux-Johnson Travel and Safety Executive sailing.sc@ubc.ca
Marie-Pier Alary Coach sailing.sc@ubc.ca

Please visit our Facebook page for current updates at: https://www.facebook.com/ThunderbirdsSailingSC/

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Sailing
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Centre
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

604-822-3683 sailing.sc@ubc.ca

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