Taft offers an Intramural Sailing Club. Students may participate in this program in either the fall or spring. Sailing is not a Taft sponsored team, the students participate in this program independent from the school's athletic department.
Sailors from Taft compete under the auspices of the Litchfield Area High School Sailing Team (LAHSST), a 501c corporation dedicated to teaching high school students in the Litchfield area to sail and race. The premise of the team is to have multiple local high school teams sailing out of the club allowing students to meet other high school sailors and compete with them so that their experience is increased and expenses are shared and lowered. LAHSST sailing coaches, captains, and athletes all unite to build an incredibly close, highly-skilled team within the LAHSST structure.
In the fall, the team practices fleet racing and travels to regattas at both neighboring schools and in Maine, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. In the spring, the team changes its focus and practices team racing. In fleet racing, each boat competes individually against those from a full roster of other schools. In team racing, multiple Taft boats work together in strategic competition against multiple boats from one opponent in a round robin-style format.
The goal of Taft Sailing Club is to build experience and prepare sailors to compete at the college level. Taft Sailing also gives students the opportunity to nourish their passion for the sport, and all that it encompasses. The fleet includes FJs, 420s, larks, IODs, and Sonar Keelboats, all housed at the Bantam Lake Yacht Club. The club was founded in 1938 and is a great venue for dinghy sailing. It is situated on the south bay of Bantam Lake. The facility has a clubhouse with men's and women's rooms and a kitchen. The grounds are grass and slope into the water, allowing for easy launching of boats.
If you have questions, please contact the program director, Dr. Ed Kavle at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Bantam Lake Yacht Club is available by contacting club secretary Denis Williamson at email@example.com.