University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus was established f fifty years. The sailing program is not quite as old, but there is still a lot of history in those sails and even more in the surrounding waterfront.
The USFSP Sailing program has been around for approximately 25 years; the sailors have made a name for USF over time are recognized as a nationally ranked team. USF St. Petersburg has a unique campus, located the on Bayboro Harbor waterfront. The sailing program houses over 30 boats, making it easy for the students to get out of the classroom and right onto the water.
Team members say that a major reason they joined this sailing team was because of Coach Allison Jolley, an Olympic Gold Medalist in sailing. They are currently ranked tenth in the nation, with 45 members of the team.
“It’s really a lot of fun,” team member Alison Knowles said. “I have met my best friends on the team and we will be friends for the rest of our lives.”
The stomping grounds of the sailing team marks an earlier chapter of the campus’ history. In November 1939, much of the area became the US Maritime Service Training Station, where more than 120,000 members of the U.S. Army Corps, now the U.S. Airforce, trained during World War II.
This coastal campus holds a lot of history, and the sailing team plans to keep competing to make some history of their own.