About Sharon Sailing

The purpose of the SHS website is to facilitate communication among those interested in Sharon High Sailing. It provides an introduction to the team as well as information needed by team members, other league participants, and those considering joining the team. On the About Us page, we describe the program and its membership (including a picture of the team), and we provide team history, fundraising information, and something about our venue as well as how to contact the coaches (and Website Manager). Our important requirements section can help students interested in joining the team and their parents know about prerequisites and what may be required for ongoing participation on the team.

From the requirements section below or via the tab above, one can navigate to the Gear page which provides details to assist sailors on dressing for safety and performance during different times of the year. Directions to our beach and a map appear on the Directions page. On the Schedule pages, the schedule of practices, meets, and regattas is provided for the current season. The results of competitions will be presented on the Results page, and a photo gallery is available on the Photos page.

The Program

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We are open to all Sharon high school students, male and female, novices to experienced sailors. We can accommodate about twenty to twenty–five sailors and customarily have almost that number. High School Sailing is a truly co–ed sport, where girls and boys compete equally against each other and have interchangeable roles as skippers and crews. Similarly, all grade levels sail together.

Although we occasionally sail other similar boats, the boats we most frequently sail are 420's. A 420 is a 13 foot, two person boat with a mainsail and jib and a retractable centerboard.

For SHS sailing team, sailing is a two season sport – fall and spring. The fall season is primarily instructional and intramural. This is the time when novices can get “learn to sail” instruction, and it is the time when the primary focus is for each sailor to improve. We have one regional fleet race regatta and an intramural fleet race regatta.

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The spring season is focused on competition with other schools, and it is about seventy five percent team racing and twenty five percent fleet racing. We compete in the greater Boston based Mass Bay League, as well as in the regional New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA). We sail against teams of various skill levels and compete at both varsity and junior varsity levels.

We sail after school Monday through Thursday and occasionally on Friday. In the fall, we sail at home except for one or two weekend events. In the spring, we mix practice and meets and home and away events. We have about twenty head–to–head team race meets and five to seven additional regattas. We also have events on about half of the weekends in the spring. During the week, those who are not traveling to away meets may have a home meet or practice.

Learn more about the unique experience of being a member of the Sharon high school sailing team.

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Requirements and Guidelines

A swimming test will be administered at the beginning of the season for safety reasons. All school Athletic forms, including Medical forms, are also required to sail. For a detailed description of clothing and other gear that will be required for sailing, especially when the water and/or weather is cold, check out our Gear Page.

If you are interested in joining the team, learn to sail in the years before high school. Here's how!

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Team History

The genesis of the Sharon High School sailing team was a proposal by a sophomore student, Sam Koval, to start a sailing club in 2002. The idea caught on and over the next several years, the organization grew exponentially.

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Venue

The team sails from Memorial Beach on Lake Massapoag in Sharon, across the street from the high school. The lake is a mile long and three quarters of a mile wide, and provides typical shifty–wind lake sailing. Our boats are sixteen 420’s that we have acquired (used) over the years. We have the use of a Boston Whaler rescue boat from the Massapoag Yacht Club as well as Coach Werden's own power boat which are helmed by the two coaches. With these resources, we are able to run two team races concurrently, allowing us to have simultaneous varsity and junior varsity races, or three and four way team race events. We can also host good sized fleet race regattas. Ample parking is available on site.

For Directions and a map to Sharon High Sailing, Click Here

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Team Fundraising

Starting with borrowed boats, the Sharon High Sailing program has been built by the extraordinary fundraising efforts of the students and coaches as well as by the outstanding generosity of the community. We continue to rely on fundraising for the maintenance and improvement of the equipment. Besides selling Harbor Sweets chocolates, we produce our annual “Racing the Wind” calendar which generates revenue from the sale of advertisements as well as the calendar itself. Some years, we are also able to conduct elementary sailing clinics for middle schoolers. We are grateful to all of those who have helped us in the past including Eastern Bank which funded some new sails for us with a large grant to the Boosters Club in early 2008.

To make a contribution to the Sharon sailing team, please contact one of the coaches.

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Sharon high school Sailors

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The 2015 Fall SHS Sailors

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Contact Information

Team Coaches

Gary Werden
781-784-9269
gary4619@msn.com

Lisa Downey

lrd1344@aol.com

Gary and Lisa

Website Manager

Anne Pennington
Annie@SharonSailing

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