'U' Sailing Club provides public access to
By Doug Rett
Daily Staff Reporter
While the accelerated pace of spring term
classes can sometime feel overwhelming, a group of
students and faculty have found a way to dissolve
those stresses by taking to the water.
The University of Michigan Sailing Club attracts
boaters to its home waters of Baseline Lake, about
20 minutes northwest of Ann Arbor.
In addition to offering access to all types of
watercraft, the UMSC aims to teach sailing
Although the club currently has 113 members,
Commodore Kevin Bosley, president of the UMSC, said
he expects that number to rise to about 220 members
by the end of the season.
"Anyone is welcome to be a member," Bosley said.
"We have people from all walks of life here,
including students, faculty, and alumni from U of
M, Eastern Michigan University and even Concordia
The UMSC has property rights on Baseline Lake, a
wide spot of the Huron River which was donated to
the UMSC by the University's zoology department in
Bosley said the University does not give funding
to the UMSC, but the group has built a clubhouse,
along with a storehouse, and maintains and updates
their equipment using membership dues.
Shoreside lectures and individual sailing
lessons involving the club's 24 sailboats and seven
sailboards are offered every Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
Although the first two lessons are free,
membership can be attained when dues are paid on
the third visit.
University alumna Tamar Charney, a broadcast
producer at WUOM radio, has been a member of the
club since 1997 and came to the lake Saturday with
her family for a picnic and an afternoon of
"I love it out here. I don't think enough
students know about this," Charney said.
UMSC also has an intercollegiate racing team for
undergraduates during the fall, which competes
mainly against other teams from the Midwest.
In the fall, the club holds picnics for students
and occasionally brings sailboats onto the Diag to
generate student interest.
Business graduate student Sibel Koyluoglu, a
club member since 1986, said she learned how to
sail from UMSC and wonders why more students don't
"With so many lakes around, how could you not
sail?" she asked.
To become a member or to just check out the
club, Bosley suggests coming to one of the club's
weekly Thursday meeting, held at 7:45 p.m. in Room
120 of the Dennison Building, or simply showing up
at Baseline Lake.
Twenty-five to 35 lessons are taught each
Saturday and Sunday, Bosley said. "But there's
always room for more."
For directions to Baseline Lake or for more
information, contact the club at 426-0920.
The Michigan Daily