Thanks for your interest in Tufts Sailing. You may have many questions about sailing at Tufts. Here are some answers to the most common questions:
- How do I contact coach Ken Legler?
- Who gets in to Tufts?
- Are there any scholarships for sailing?
- What does Tufts do best academically?
- How much do we practice and compete?
- What makes Tufts and Tufts Sailing so special?
- You can reach coach Ken Legler at the Tufts Sailing office most weekday mornings directly on the phone, 617-627-5150. To contact Ken Legler directly, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and to contact the captains for any Tufts Sailing related questions, email email@example.com
- Admission to Tufts is very competitive. The number of applicants climbs dramatically every year; last year there were nearly 15,000 applicants for only 1200 seats. Here are some rough guidelines: Tufts is looking for A and A- students that crack 700 on one or more SAT I’s and II’s. That said, there is a considerable amount of variability in accepted scores and grades. Sailors can and do get a little bit of preference within Admissions, though not a lot. All sailors are on an athletes list and Tufts considers athletics an important part of your education. A very limited number of athletes, those past champions that will make a clear contribution to the success of their respective programs right away can get a little more preference but again, it is limited. For the most part, candidates are admitted on academic merit, just like any other top academic institution. There are some strategies for Admissions that you can discuss with the coach, such as Early Decision and getting the most from your high school curriculum.
- Sorry, there are no athlete scholarships at Tufts, nor any sailing scholarships at any school. The college sailing rules do not allow them. There are plenty of academic scholarships available, especially for candidates with need. Contact the Tufts Financial Aid office directly…and, search the web for countless local and regional scholarships for any geographic area or field of study.
- About Tufts academics, Tufts is one of the best universities in the country for many academic fields. International Relations, for instance, is about the best there is. Tufts Engineering is also top notch. Tufts excels in many programs throughout it’s arts and science college. About the only thing Tufts does not offer is business. Tufts students interested in business usually get a degree in another discipline, be it economics, civil engineering or whatever, before going on to graduate business school elsewhere.
- Practice time: During the fall and spring, the Tufts boathouse is open every afternoon for practice. Academic conflicts are such that most students practice two, three or four days per week. A typical routine is morning class, lunch, afternoon practice, dinner, library or evening class. Regattas or Saturday, Sunday or both days. No one sails seven days per week, it’s not allowed. A few students are not able to keep up with class, studies and practice but most do. In fact, most are happy to be so involved without time to waste. There is time for social activities, even for the busiest sailors competing both weekend days because most of the regattas are so close by, students waste little time traveling. Cambridge and Boston are very close by and very accessible.
- What makes Tufts and Tufts Sailing so special: Many things. The academics at Tufts are among the best. The sailing is arguably the best for scheduling, boats, coaching, wind and practice competition. Our schedule is the biggest in all of college athletics; over 110 college regattas per year.
- Our location is right near Boston, the mecca of college sailing. Our lake is in the suberbs and completely surrounded by beautiful trees, yet we are only a short trip for the Charles River, host of MIT, Harvard and BU Sailing regattas. Other sites with two hours include Mass Mritime, Roger Williams, Salve Regina, Brown, URI, Connecticut College and Coast Guard to the south; UNH and Southern Maine to the north. Dartmouth, Bowdoin and Yale are less than three hours away while Vermont and Maine Maritime are a bit further.
- Our boats do represent a departure from the rest of college sailing. We sail Larks. We do so because they are more fun to sail; more rewarding than 420s and FJs for the really good sailors while less forgiving for those sailors on the steeper part of the learning curve. In short, they stall more easily but they point higher, plane faster and tack and gybe more quickly that their counterparts. They are also beautiful to see sailing and they feel great whether you are steering or just trimming and hiking. Check them out in the photo gallery. We also have Lasers but almost everyone prefers the Larks; they’re really cool boats.
- Competition at practice everyday is better than the best racing clinics you have ever attended. Everyone is fast and everyone knows each other. Race management is efficient and includes equal parts of fleet racing and team racing with a few drills mixed in.
The excellence of Tufts University academic programs and Tufts Sailing combines the best of both. If you like fun and challenge, keeping your mind and body busy, and you can get in; Tufts might be the perfect fit for you. Feel free to contact Coach Ken Legler with more questions.