2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 19, 2004
'Small athlete? Try Michigan Sailing'
Despite frozen lakes and inexperience, Blue navigates way toward top of Midwest
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Elise Ray Sport Women's gymnastics
Hometown: Columbia, Md. Year: senior/junior (elig).
Why: The Michigan All-American scored an almost-perfect 9.975 on the
uneven bars on Saturday to claim the third national championship of her
career. Ray tied for third on the balance beam with a score of 9.9. The
Wolverines finished eighth overall at the NCAA Championships. Ray
MONDAY, APRIL 19
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By Ellen McGarrity
Daily Sports Writer
You may have seen him at the last
No, it wasn't the guy with the
Michigan crew shirt on, holding up a
huge oar and a sign saying, "Big,
strong athletes wanted here."
It was the other guy. The one with
the 5-foot sailing boom - quite a
bit smaller than a crew oar - and a
sign reading, "Small athlete? Try
This was the tactic of fifth-year
senior Craig Capilla, along with
other members of the Michigan sail-
ing team, used last September to reel
in new recruits.
"We've noticed (the crew team)
out there for years," Capilla said.
"And (their message) is great, but
we're looking for the exact opposite
end of the spectrum."
The two-person boats that the
team races can only hold up to 330
pounds, so "big, strong athletes"
would likely just tip them over.
Capilla remembers following the
crew members around with his sign
and serving interested students from
the team's "keg-o-root beer."
"We go out on the Diag and are
just dumb," Capilla said. "But we
recruited 140 people."
Of those 140, Capilla admitted
that they only retained about 15 of
them, but that's pretty good consid-
ering the team has, and can only rea-
sonably accommodate, about 30
But don't get the wrong idea. You
won't find this group goofing off all
the time. The team races competi-
tively throughout the country, and
was ranked No. 3 out of more than
30 teams in the Midwest District
Sailing in Michigan is trying
because the team's season is broken
in half by the cold winters. Baseline
Lake - where the team practices -
is located near Dexter and always
freezes from December through
"Ours is a tough sport because we
sail from the minute we get back in
the fall right until Thanksgiving,"
Capilla said. "And then as soon as
the ice thaws, we're back out there."
To keep members in contact dur-
ing the off season, the team plans
many group activities - everything
from inner-tube water polo to bowl-
ing nights to its recent craze over
During the season, between six
and 12 members are sent about
every other weekend to regattas
across the country. Members race in
either dinghies or J-24s against both
club and varsity teams.
That may sound intimidating, but
Capilla stressed that because the
team is not varsity, it has the luxury
of welcoming anybody who wants
"We're not all from sailing back-
grounds," Capilla said. "There are a
number of people on the team who
had never been out on a sailboat
before they came out with us."
If a perspective member it, the
team can send you to beginner
races. If you get better, you'll start
racing intermediately and eventually
may be competing at the top colle-
"They're going to be knowledge-
able sailors by the time they leave
the program," said Capilla about
first-timers. "They're going to be
able to make their way around the
race course and be moderately com-
For the more experienced team
members, this spring's focus is on
getting to the Inter-collegiate Sail-
ing Association (ICSA) Nationals,
which are being held in Oregon in
June. If the team ranks No. 1 or
No. 2 in the district, it will qualify
for a spot.
But sailing at that level is tough,
even though to bystanders the sport
may just look like a relaxing time on
"Sailing is a very mental sport," co-
captain Matt Vanderpool said. "You're
multitasking a lot. You have to worry
about making sure your sails are up
correctly, your weight is placed in the
correct spot in the boat ... then you
have to worry about what's going on
around the course - your position in
relation to other boats."
Currently, two Michigan graduate
students - who as undergrads were
three-time All-American sailors at
Tufts University - are coaching the
team to help it improve.
In just three weeks - on May 8
and 9 - Michigan hosts the Michi-
gan Collegiate Sailing Association
For Capilla, this will be one of his
last races as a Wolverine, but
according to this fifth-year senior,
his love for sailing will remain.
"I've never, ever seen someone get
sailing removed from their life once
they've started doing it," Catilla said.
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Series tied 3-3
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