About the Team

The UBC Thunderbirds Sailing Sport Club provides an opportunity for high-level dinghy racing at the university level. Competing in both the CICSA and ICSA conferences, the team sails against many other universities in Canada and the U.S. such as the University of Washington, University of Victoria, Yale University, University of Hawaii, and Tufts University.

Consistently, UBC has been top five at Canadian Dinghy Nationals and attended US Fleet Racing Nationals for five years running. The team is thrilled to have achieved this much and hopes to keep improving in their Canadian, American, and international competitions.

2021-2022 Sailing Season Information

This year, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to purchase used FJs from AMS Sailing, refurbish them and build permanent long-term storage at our new training venue, Kitsilano Yacht Club. Our ultimate vision is to have a fleet of FJs and storage space that belong exclusively to the team. We would appreciate any support! 

Feel free to email us at sailing.sc@ubc.ca or dm us on Instagram with any questions.

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Our athletes come from various backgrounds. We represent many faculties such as Arts, Science, Forestry, and Engineering. As well, we welcome sailors of different skill levels, ranging from casual sailors looking to gain competitive experience to seasoned racers, and athletes from international backgrounds and on exchange programs. 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.

Eligibility Requirement:

Sailors wanting to try out will require basic knowledge of sailing and racing. While the team has a diverse range of beginners and experienced sailors, it is a competitive and active team representing the University of British Columbia. We require a commitment of two practices a week, including one workout, and attendance to at least one regatta each semester. Team fees will be outlined at the beginning of the year with inclusions outlined below. A wetsuit and appropriate sailing gear will be required for winter practices.

Tryouts: 

The main day of tryouts will be held on September 19th at the Kitsilano Yacht Club.
A makeup day will be held on Monday, September 20th for anyone who is unable to attend tryouts on the 19th.

Team Fees: 

Team fees are currently under review and are subject to change.

Practice Schedule: 

The practice season begins after tryouts with competition season beginning in late September and continuing until June.

Practices will be held at the Kitsilano Yacht Club.

Competition Schedule: 

We share our competition schedule through Google Calendars, please visit that chart on our sailing home page!


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2019-2020 Season Highlights

No races were held due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

2019-2020 Season Highlights

1st at North North Regatta (Seattle, USA)

1st and 3rd Summer Haze (Victoria, BC)

4th at CICSA National Championships (Kingston, Ontario)

2018-2019 Season Highlights

1st Place NWICSA Women’s Singlehanded Championship (The Gorge, OR)

2nd Place NWICSA Match Race Championship (West Vancouver, BC)

3rd Place CICSA Fleet Racing Nationals (Kingston, ON)

2nd Place Western Canada Cup (Victoria, BC)

2017-2018 Season Highlights

1st Place NWICSA Men’s Singlehanded Championship (Seattle, WA)

1st Place NWICSA Match Race Championship (West Vancouver, BC)

5th Place CICSA Fleet Race Canadian Nationals (Kingston, ON)

2nd/3rd Place Sea to Sky Regatta (Vancouver, BC)

2016-2017 Season Highlights

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

1st Place J70 Fleet EDHEC World Sailing Cup (Arzon, France)

2nd Place NWICSA Conference Championships (Seattle, WA)

17th Place Gill Coed Eastern Semifinal (Charleston, SC)

2015-2016 Season Highlights

2nd Place CISCA Fleet Race Canadian Nationals (Ontario)

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

For full and detailed scoring of ICSA conference regattas please visit the official ICSA scores page.

The current edition of the Sailing Team branched from the AMS Sailing Club to provide a more competitive aspect for the sport at UBC in 2011. From this transition, the team’s competitiveness grew throughout the years and by 2015 had successfully gained status as a Thunderbird Sports Club. As a Thunderbird Sports Club, we are now able to officially represent the university and grow within a system designed for student-led teams to flourish.

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
Louise King Travel and Safety Coordinator sailing.sc@ubc.ca
Madeleine DesBrisay Marketing and Communications sailing.sc@ubc.ca
Nicolai Blasdel Club Lead sailing.sc@ubc.ca

Please visit our instagram page for our most current updates for sailors and fans.

Or check out our blog!



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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