David Oliver '14, Co-Captain
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
David is from southwestern Connecticut and grew up racing and cruising the Northeast. He has been racing on Long Island Sound since he was 8, competing in a variety of dinghies from Optis to Lasers and 420s, now focusing on his F-18. Aside from dinghies, David also enjoys buoy and distance racing in big boats. He skippered for the successful Norwalk Yacht Club junior big boat team for 3 years, but is now found regularly doing bow on a J105 and any other boat he can get a ride on.
Ryan Davidson '15, Co-Captain
Ryan comes from Rye, NY and started sailing with the Rye Country Day Sailing Team during high school. Although he got a late start into the world of sailing (he's never sailed an opti), Ryan grew up on the water and has cruised extensively on the East Coast with his family in powerboats. When he is not sailing with the team, he sails at American Yacht Club in a range of boats including lasers, C420s and sport-boats.
Liz Wallace '14, Treasurer
Business and Spanish
Elizabeth hails from the city of Port Huron, MI; the self-proclaimed “Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes” famed for its annual Port Huron to Mackinac Race and culturally stimulating boat night.As a small child, she got involved with sailing with her father Matthew Wallace on his J24 and Junior Sailing in Sarnia, Canada. After taking quite a few years off of sailing she has returned to the sport within the last few years. Although sailing on the small boats at UofM is quite a change of pace, she could not be more excited to be a part of the team and to improve her sailing skills.
Ansley Semack '14, Long-Term Fundraising Chair
Ansley grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and learned sailing basics from her dad on their Hobie 16. Ansley quickly became an avid fan of racing although never having raced before college. She has taught sailing for a few summers and now races regularly with her dad on a Melges 24. She has thoroughly loved spending her college years with this awesome group of people and enjoys being a leader of the team. As a second year board member she enjoys reaching out to a larger sailing community and bringing more attention to a team she loves.
Jean Rafaelian '16, Short-Term Fundraising Chair
Jean is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and was only a recreational sailor prior to joining the team. She started sailing at a summer camp in northern Michigan where she is now a counselor who helps teach sailing. Jean is hoping to learn more about sailing and spend more time on the water year-round. Jean joined the Michigan Sailing Team fall of her freshman year and already she has learned so much and fallen in love with the team. She can’t wait to spend the next four years learning and sailing with such a wonderful group of people.
Liz Smith '14, Rec Sports Liaison
Liz grew up casually sailing in Harbor Springs, MI, she joined the Michigan Sailing Team during her freshman year and loves it! She feels so lucky to be a part of such a great group of people and loves being able to travel and sail in new places. She loves big boats but just enjoys being out on the water. She thinks the sailing team has really made her college experience great.
Will Cyr '14, Regatta Chair/MCSA Liason
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Will grew up on the shores of Lake St. Clair racing for Bayview Yacht Club, a place known to be Chicago Yacht Club's much more accomplished big brother and the Midwest's "Shrine to Nautical Culture." After accumulating a few DRYA season championships in his 7 years of junior sailing he is excited for what he can contribute to the Michigan Sailing Team. He has sailed Bayview Mackinac five times and the Chicago Mackinac thrice, including one class win. His favorite boats to sail are 29ers, Moths, Ultimate 20s, SC 70s, and 420s when he has to. His favorite type of sailing is match racing.
Connor Shope '15, Social ChairComputer Science and Math
Connor was born in San Diego, California and has since moved six times. A verifiable nomad, Connor could claim Pittsburgh, PA; Ann Arbor, MI; Chesapeake, VA; or Newport, RI as home on any given day. He grew up very familiar with the sight of a centerboard sticking straight up in the air as a sail school kid at Sail Newport. Since joining the Michigan Sailing Team, Connor has developed as both a dinghy and a big boat sailor, but he still has a tendency to get wet no matter the conditions.
Katie Ried '15, Secretary
BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Katie is very new to the sport of sailing. After being introduced to the team at the beginning of this year, she immediately fell in love with the community and the sport. She sailed in as many regattas as she could in the fall, and is looking forward to continuing to develop as a sailor through the team in the upcoming season. She joined the board to get more involved and give back to a team that she is already sure will be a defining aspect of her college experience.
Ryan Seago '14, Media Chair