Leighton Sailing Center

The Bowdoin team sails out of the Leighton Sailing Center located at the Schiller Bowdoin Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island.  The sailing venue is on Harpswell Sound. The team has a fleet of 18 FJs, 18 Turbo 420s, and three motorboats.  Typically there is an 8 to 12 knot seabreeze, which gets shifty near sunset. The area has nine to ten foot tides, so Bowdoin sailors learn to respond to shifting current on the racecourse. Unlike most other Northern New England teams, large tides prevent Harpswell Sound from freezing in the winter which allows the team to begin practicing early in the spring.

The facility, which opened in the spring of 2014, spans 1,500 square feet and features a meeting space, a coach's office, team changing rooms, new restrooms and showers, and a deck. The existing 155-foot pier at the Coastal Studies Center will be available for spectators, but will now include a new take-off landing, an 80-foot ADA accessible gangway connecting the pier to the float system, and new docks that accommodate berthing for three support boats and dry storage for 36 sailboats.  There are also five moorings for the motorboats during inclement weather. There are currently significant upgrades and additions to the buildings at the Coastal Studies which will make hosting large regattas much easier.

Few sites rival for its sheer beauty. The rocky shorelines are wooded, and often the team observes seals, ospreys, egrets, and bald eagles. The only other boats on the water are occasional lobster boats. Sailors on the team love the mini-escape from campus life that heading to the site gives them each day.