about our team
|mission | history | meetings and practices | meet the team|
"The University of St. Thomas Sailing Team is a proactive association organized to enhance studentís sailing knowledge through individual and collective efforts brought forward to represent St. Thomas in a sportsmanlike manner. The team exists to promote and expand the sport of sailing in a competitive, yet fun environment bringing all levels of sailors together. As a team, we aspire to benefit each other and the surrounding communities by building a strong, lasting program, interacting with other colleges, providing service to the local community, encouraging mutual advancement and social activity, and by lending a helping hand to fellow sailors in need."
Although a St. Thomas sailing club was in existence for some years in the 80s, our team in its current form began in the fall of 2001 and was officially recognized in January 2002. We are a regular member of the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA), and we plan to further our status within the organization. After practicing in the past at Lake Minnetonka Yacht Club and Calhoun Yacht Club, last spring we made making a significant change by moving our practices to Wayzata Sailing School where we are now able to be on the water with the University of Minnesota sailing team. We are excited for a great semester and hope to recruit more members while improving everyone's sailing ability, no matter what level they are currently at!
Meetings and Practices
Our team practices Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Wayzata Sailing School on Lake Minnetonka. Our coaches Cappy Capper and Ben Burgum are at every practice as well as our fellow sailors from the University of Minnesota. We carpool to practice, usually leaving at 2:40 from under the skyway and arriving home around 6:30, but we are almost always able to have a car that comes a little late or leaves a little early to accommodate people who have class at those times.
Meet the Team
THIS COULD BE YOU!!
|Joseph Couture, '07
Joseph Michael Sebastian "Seabass" Couture is a retired chef who is currently serving as our team's commodore.
|Medora Sletten, '10|
Medora is from North Dakota and probably inappropriately proud of it. It makes sense, as she is named after a major North Dakota tourist attraction. Ask her to sing you the theme song sometime.
|Rachel Piotraschke, '09
Rachel is making this website and doesn't know what to say about herself that wouldn't be really awkward.
|Warren N. Gall, '10|
In his hometown, Warren actually goes by his middle name, which is Nick. Team consensus is that Warren is also exceptionally good with the ladies.
|Brandon Wilson, '10
Brandon is from North Dakota and, appropriately, not that proud of it. Once when we were cleaning up for a regatta he said, "I think I'm going to try the Oreck... I hear it's only eight pounds," and Medora and Rachel kept repeating it to each other and laughing for at least the next 24 hours.
|Jake McDonald, '10Past Member|
Jake doesn't usually wear hats like this. I don't actually know where this came from.
|Liz Jobe, '09Past Member
Sometimes Liz acts like she is in a bad mood, but we all know she actually can't get enough of the sailing team.
Our now deceased mascot, Chester is well loved by not only St. Thomas but many other teams throughout the MCSA, and he is the life of any party.
|Sean Barker, '10||Matthew Weishan, '11|
|Megan Zweber, '08||Karen Hansen, '11|
|Eric Miller, '13||John Kirkman, '12|
|Megan Zweber, '08||Sarah Goosens, '10|
|Ann||Charlie Igo, '10|