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ailing Club Provides Recreation

34 Sports in I-M Program

chance to relax and enjoy
e good, healthful fun is what
higan's sailing club offers to
he club not only offers ex-
enced sailors a chance to sail
also teaches the unexperienced
.ce the fundamentals of the
t. And the clubs activities are
ed to suit every sailor, no
ter what his experience.
hie club owns a tract of land
nearby Base Lake equipped
. facilities for launching and
ing boats. In addition to a
, the site has a boathouse,;

beach and sanitary facilities. The
lake is located about 18 miles
northwest of Ann Arbor.
Eight Jet 14's, centerboard boats
sloop rigged with about 100 square
feet of sail, .have recently been
purchased by the club. They are
used both for sailing in meets with
other schools and also for pleasure
sailing. They are usually sailed by
two people, a skipper and his crew
of one.
Holds Meeting
The club usually holds a big or-
ganizational. meeting every fall in
which those interested are invited

to come out and learn about the
club. The meetings are held in the
Union ballroom and the program
includes the showing of slides
taken at the meets. Refreshments
are served after the meeting.
Those novices interested in the
club are quickly given a chance to
sail. They usually serve as crew
so that they can learn the funda-
mentals of maneuvering the boats.
In addition, a "shore school" is
conducted every Thursday night
after the regular business meet-
ing. The school usually meets in
the West Engineering building.
Here students learn the funda-
mentals and theory of sailing, as
well as those things not learned
from actual sailing experience.
To become a skipper and ac-
tually handle a boat several other
skills are required. First, the pro-
spective skipper must be able to
swim and must know the proce-
dure in case the boat should cap-
size. Skippers must also know how
to tie various knots used in sailing
Must Control Boat
The most important thing for a
skipper is for him to be able to
control a boat and know the "rules
of the road." Sailing, like driving
a car has definite rules, and the
violation of some rule while par-
ticipating in a dual meet could
result in the sailor's disqualifica-
tion from the race.
Once one has become a skipper
sailing becomes less complicated
and more enjoyable. Skippers in
the club are privileged to take out
boats at any time without super-
The club has an ingenious sys-
tem for transporting its members
to the lake. At the weekly meeting
each man with a car signs his
name on a board along with the
time he is leaving. Then before he
leaves he drives to the north door
of the Michigan Union and picks;
up anyone else who wants to go.
The club pays the gas money of
those providing the transporta-
During the fall and spring intra-
club races are usually held on.
Sunday mornings at the lake. In

these meets novices and experi-
enced hands alike can appreciate
the enjoyment of a competitive
race. The club also holds crew
races in which novices skipper the
boats themselves.,
Member of Sailing Group
The club is a member of the
Midwest Collegiate Sailing Asso-
ciation, a group comprising about
20 schools, including seven Big
Ten schools. The MCSA holds sail-
ing championships every year and
Michigan, one of the midwest sail-
ing powers, has taken two firsts
and two seconds in the last four
The top two teams in the MCSA
championships qualify for the na-
tional championships, sponsored
by the Intercollegiate Yacht Rac-
ing Association of North America.
In this meet the nation's best col-
legiate sailors are brought to-
gether. Last fall the Michigan
team competed and took fourth
place in a meet usually dominated
by eastern schools. The Wolverines
placed behind champion Harvard,
Boston University and Princeton.
Last fall the club competed in
eight regattas and this year the
club should be very active. Sept.
26-27 the squad will travel to
Notre Dame for an invitational
meet. Wayne State hosts a regatta
which the locals will attend Oct.
3-4. After competing in meets at
Notre Dame and Wisconsin the
team will hold its own invitational
regatta Oct. 24-25.
Participation in invitational
meets at Purdue and Indiana is
also planned. Nov. 24-25 the team
will compete in the eliminations
for the Angston Memorial Regatta
at Wayne State. The Angston
classic will be held in Chicago
Nov. 26-28.
Highlighting the season will be
a trip to Annapolis for the Middle
Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing As..
sociation fall invitational regatta
for the War Memorial Trophy.
Through its active program the
club is offering Michigan students
an excellent chance to participate
in sailing.
The club provides students
weary from exams and studies
with a chance to get out and en-
joy one of America's most popular
outdoor sports.

Associate Sports Editor
Western Conference rules pro-
hibit freshmen from intercollegiate
competition, but first-year men at
Michigan can usually find some
spot in the extensive intramural
sport program to suit their ath-
letic ambitions.
The Michigan I-M program,
hailed as one of the most exten-
sive among the nation's colleges,
offers competition in 34 different
team and individual sports to all
the University's students.
Nerve center for this year-round
activity is the large Intramural
Sports building on Hoover, just
west of the Athletic Administra-
tion building. Constructed in 1928,
the I-M building provides facilities
for all the indoor sports in the
I-M program.
Now in their 48th year, intra-
mural athletics, under the guid-
ance of director Earl Riskey and
assistant Rodney Grambeau, have
grown to the point where existing
I-M facilities are now being uti-
lized to capacity.

Most of the competitive intra-
mural action centers about eight
divisions, or leagues. In each
league teams compete against each
other in a number of sports
throughout the year, and points
are awarded on the basis of how
each team finishes in each sport.
At the end of the year, these
points are totaled, determining
the all-year champion.
Social Fraternities Biggest Group
The largest division consists of
the 42 social fraternities on cam-
pus. After competing in a 23-
sport program ranging from out-
door track and touch football in
the fall to horseshoes and tennis
in the spring, Sigma Alpha Mu
won its first all-year title in 31
years. The determined Sammies
edged out Sigma Phi Epsilon by
a handful of points, and thus
broke Sig Ep's three-year domi-
nation of the all-year award.
Second largest division is com-
posed of the University's 21 un-
dergraduate men's residence halls.
Its teams compete in the same 23

sports as the fraternities. Gom-
berg of South Quad had little
trouble rolling to its fifth all-year
crown in six years.
Two dozen professional frater-
nities compete in one dozen sports
through the school year. Nu Sig-
ma Nu, medical fraternity which
has won 12 all-year titles in 21
years, added its fifth straight with
comparative ease last year.
Independents Compete
Apartment dwellers form the
bulk of the personnel competing
in the 14-sport Independent team
competition. Gomberg Older Ele-
ment was the 1959 champion.
Students living on North Cam-
pus organized a league in 1956.
Last year they participated in a
11-sport program, and within a
few years it will become more ex-
I-M officials and the Interna-
tional Center have cooperated in
providing a 10-sport program for
the campus' international, stu-
dents. Teams are organized on the
basis of countries.

The eighth division, called "all-
campus," consists mainly of tour-
naments in individual sports, open
to all students.
Even the faculty can participate
in I-M activity, in the form of an
18-sport program. Riskey says that
no other collegiate I-M depart-
ment in the country offers such a
program to faculty members.
Student-faculty competition in
various sports over a two-week
span highlights the winter period.
Because of its superiority in vol-
leyball, the faculty has beaten the
students consistently since the
competition was begun in 1952-53.
A weekly feature is the Friday
night co - recreational program.
The I-M year is climaxed in the
spring with the awarding of The
Michigan Daily trophy to the out-
standing intramural athlete of the
year. Last spring Larry Laver-
combe of Sigma Phi Epsilon was
so honored for his degree of par-
ticipation and his skill in the I-M





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WOY SAILING-Sailing Club members enjoy these Jet 14's
irchased only last year by the organization. Easily handled and
ird to swamp, they are an ideal all-round craft.


605 Church Street

NO 5-5607





THEY'RE OFF-Sails filled, boats start in a regatta held at Base Lake by the Sailing Club. The club
sponsors many regattas each year in addition to travelling extensively to other meet.

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The Daily
Sports Staff

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