Chris Cyr '16, Co-Captain
BS Neuroscience and Physics minor
Chris grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI, sailing in Bayview Yacht Club's junior sailing program for ten years. After that, he moved into sailing for Grosse Pointe North, and was co-captain during his junior and senior years. Beginning at age 13, he also began sailing in keelboats. He has completed 5 Port Huron to Mackinac Races, along with many shorter distance races, and competes in numerous match racing events each year. During his time at Michigan, he hopes to improve his skills as a bowman, and to become an accomplished skipper in dinghies.
Thomas Etheridge '16, Co-Captain
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Tom is from Norfolk, Virginia and is currently at U of M to study Naval Architecture. He grew up sailing optis but as soon as he could switched to FJs because he struggled to fit inside the smaller boats. He sailed on his high school team all through middle and high school. Joining the Michigan Sailing Team has pushed him into racing Lasers, keelboats, and match racing in addition to 420s and FJs, and he can't wait to help get the team to the next level of college sailing.
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.
Ryan Davidson '15, Long-Term Fundraising Chair
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. In the Summer of 2013, Ryan was the Head Jr. Sailing Instructor at the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, Ct.
Kendall Witmer '15, Short-Term Fundraising Chair
Political Science and Applied Statistics
Kendall Witmer is from Greenwich, CT, but started sailing in Chicago, IL. At Michigan, she is studying Political Science and Applied Statistics. She became involved in racing A and E Class Scows at an early age through crewing races on lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has expanded her sailing and boat knowledge through coaching at many camps in the Midwest as well as has become a creative genius when it comes to fixing nearly any dinghy. Kendall is looking forward to leading the team in the next year and as always, sailing as much as possible.
Braden Engstrom '16, Rec Sports Liaison
Classical Languages and Literature
Braden grew up in Marblehead, MA where he first sailed at Pleon Yacht Club. After quickly outgrowing optis, he chose to spend his summers casually sailing to make more time for baseball. He has become the director of the Children's Island Sailing Camp after working as a counselor there for three years. Braden has fallen in love with the team, whether it be sailing on the lake or driving all night to Annapolis. he hopes to improve as a dinghy sailor while also getting more involved with big boat racing.
Alexander Ramos '15, Regatta Chair/MCSA Liason
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Alex is from Annapolis, Maryland and started racing Optimists at age seven. He began sailing 420s in high school and helped lead his team to two nationals. He's raced both nationally and internationally and sailed for the Naval Academy as the A boat skipper both his freshman and sophomore year before transferring to the University of Michigan his junior year. He looks forward to helping his new team become more competitive on the east coast.
Katie Ried '15, Social Chair
BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics
After being on the team for a year and half, Katie has gained so much more knowledge about the sport of sailing than she could have ever imagined possible. She has fallen in love with the sport and the team and as social chair she loves organizing ways for everyone to hang out on and off the water. She is eagerly looking forward to the coming calendar year of sailing and the chances it will afford to grow as a sailor.
Alison Bradley '16, Secretary
Biology and Spanish minor
Alison Bradley is from Rockford, Illinois, a city not very familiar to the sport of sailing. She picked up sailing the summer before her freshman year of college and was really excited to join the team and start racing in the fall. Alison enjoys traveling to dinghy and big boat events across the country during the season and has recently stopped pretending to have a life outside of the sailing team. She hopes to continue improving her skills as a sailor and to help the team grow even more in the future!
Sarah Sloan '16, Media Chair
Program in the Environment and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology minor
Sarah grew up in Petoskey, Michigan and learned how to casually sail on sunfish, butterflies, and JYs on Walloon Lake. While working on the sailing staff at Camp Daggett the past four summers, Sarah's love and interest in sailing grew and she decided to join the team when she came to Michigan as a freshman. She has greatly enjoyed learning how to sail competitively as well as how to be comfortable while squeezed between two other people in the backseat of a car for endless hours during car rides to regattas. Sarah looks forward to helping the team develop and grow into the Harvard (sailing program) of the west.
Kate van Loveren