Students from Mercy and University of Detroit Jesuit compete as a combined team under the name MUDJ Sailing (Mercy U Of D Jesuit).
Our team of courageous sailors is unofficially referred to as the MUDJies (or sometimes MUDJkins).
Students from Mercy and UDJ formed the combined team as a member of the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) and compete against other high school teams from across Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
There are no gender distinctions for most regattas with exception of the women's national championship held in the fall which the Mercy girls competed in 2018 and 2019.
While team members compete as students of their respective schools, the MUDJ Sailing team itself is formed as an independent student-run group.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING & RACING
The program runs in two seasons, fall and spring and consists of competing in regattas on weekends and training during the week.
For training, MUDJ participates with the Community Sailing School at Pontiac Yacht Club which provides professional coaches and all the requisite equipment. Practices are two days a week after school on Cass Lake and regattas are generally on the weekends, mostly Saturdays, but sometimes travel for the weekend is required.
There is no requirement to attend every regatta or every practice. You can go at your own speed, but once you get the hang of it you'll likely be begging for more chances to get on the water.
SAFE & FUN FIRST
Make no mistake, when we race, we race to win. But there's more to sailing than racing. The majority of the sailors on our team (and really most high school teams) join with little or no prior experience. Through the program at the Community Sailing School at Pontiac Yacht Club, students are taught everything they need to know to safely sail and compete.
People learn through our weekday practices on the water, where members develop the skills and confidence needed to enjoy themselves and handle the boat with confidence. Plus you'll be with friends and meet a ton of new folks from other schools. It becomes a kind of family - a MUDJkin family.
MUDJ trains out of Pontiac Yacht Club (PYC) which is on the banks of Cass Lake in Keego Harbor, Michigan. Check out the footage of a past race at PYC.
MUDJ Sailing partners with Community Sailing School at Pontiac Yacht Club to bring a comprehensive approach to sailing development
MUDJ Parent Volunteer at Community Sailing School
Bill is a member of the MUDJ coaching team and also a UDJ parent (Liam '24). Bill is water safety certified and also has volunteered as a coach for the Community Sailing School at PYC.
Head Coach Eric Ellison
Program Director and Head Coach at Pontiac Yacht Club Youth Sailing
Eric is the Director of youth sailing programs at Pontiac Yacht Club and the Community Sailing Center of SE Michigan. Coach Eric is a US Sailing Certified Level I & II sailing instructor and U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Licensed Captain. Coach Eric is also PYC’s Waterfront Director and runs the club's summer junior sailing program.
The MUDJ Sailing team is an independent student run group and not an official organization of either Mercy or University of Detroit Jesuit. MUDJ Sailing is open to students currently enrolled and in good standing at Mercy High School or University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy.