Student Perspective


"I think that the sailing program has definitely been one of the most influential parts of my time in the UW NROTC program. I think that it gives Midshipmen to pick up some valuable skills that can’t be gained anywhere else. The experience of taking the helm of one of the boats and having to manage the crew while also keeping track of weather, currents and other ships is something that many officers will never experience until they step onto the bridge of their first ship. Having a chance to practice that as a Midshipman, and learning from experienced sailing coaches who are also retired Naval Officers has definitely given me insights into leadership and seamanship that I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else. It has definitely been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had."

MIDN 1/C Westmoreland
Sail Team CO – Fall 2014