1 — Pere Marquette, Marquette University
Nick Hovland, Director of the Macatawa Bay Junior Sailing Association
Coach Hovland has a degree in Commercial Recreation from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He spent more than six years as Waterfront Director at the White Bear Sailing School in Minnesota and has had years of successful racing experience.
Address 2157 S Shore Dr, Holland, MI, 49423
Phone (616) 335-5815
Directions Take 17th Street west (toward Lake Michigan). 17th turns onto South Shore Drive. Continue on South Shore for about eight miles. Macatawa Bay Yacht Club will be on the right.
The Hope Sailing team practices at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club on Lake Macatawa. The team is a full member of the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association.
The sailing season is from late August to November. The sailing team is one of the few clubs that travels to other schools such as Wisconsin-Madison, University Michigan and Western Michigan University to compete. There are, on average five to eight regattas per season, and that number changes from season to season. Attending regattas is a great way to become a better sailor. Going to regattas is also a way to foster relationships with other team members, as well as with sailors from other schools.
The sailing team owns and practices on a fleet of seven new 420s, purchased in the fall of 2015. 420s are the 2-person boats pictured on this site.
Practices are held Mondays through Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. (weather permitting). Sailors meet at The Anchor and carpool to Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. Similar to other club sports, attending every practice isn't required for each sailor, but individuals and the team as a whole benefit greatly from consistent attendance.
The team will consider attendance when it comes time to compete in regattas, however previous racing experience is not required to join the team and participate in regattas! We have a great program that benefits from experienced student sailors and a coach from MBYC so that, no matter what your sailing experience or skill level is, you have the opportunity to become better!
All supplies are provided; from the boats and lifejackets to drysuits and boots, we've got you covered! Essentially, Hope Sailing club serves to provide a fun environment to introduce novices to the sport of sailing and to also allow more experienced sailors to hone their racing skills.