​Figure 1. The Burgee

Figure 2. Pinnies

Come sail away with the best sailing team in Kalamazoo!

​Western Michigan Sailing 


Who is able to join?

Any Western Michigan Student who is interested in either learning to sail or growing their current knowledge of sailing can join the team.


A burgee is in the shape of a pannel flag that is a symbol of your home Yacht Club.  For WMU Sailing our home club is WMU or as we like to say (KZYC). That is why the WMU "W" is located on the burgee in figure 1

Do need experience to join the WMU Sailing Team?

No, No experience is necessary to join the team. We will teach you how to sail. many of our board members and current members have taught sailing at some point, so we are well equipped to teach people of all levels of sailing ability.

How can I join?

If you would like to join the team or have more questions you can contact us by email, or reach out to us on social media: Instragram, Twitter, and Facebook: @sailwmu

Do I have to own Sperrys to be on the team?

Sperrys are more than just a fashion trend. They started as a reliable shoe to wear on boats. This being said, you do not need to own a pair of Sperrys to be on the team.

What do I wear to go sailing?

In the summer time or when it is warm a bathing suit is ideal. We do sail when it gets colder so anything that wicks water is preferable. Investing in a pair of neoprene gloves or boots are also very nice to have. We also have team spray gear and dry suits for members to use during the colder weather.

What if I came straight from class and need to change into a suit?

The team has access to the Gull Lake Yacht Club with bathrooms and showers.

Why should I join the Western Michigan Sailing Team?

By joining our team you will meet new friends, be able to network all over the midwest, and be able to learn how to sail and race.

What if I do not have a car? How do I get to practice?

No problem! The team will meet in the back of the Recreation building near the outdoor track to car pool and take as minimum cars as possible.

Where does the team practice?

9725 W Gull Lake Dr, Richland, MI 49083