Setting sail with Canisius High School

Posted at 2:49 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 14:49:16-04

Have you ever driven down I-190 and noticed small sailboats near the Peace Bridge?

If you have, there is a pretty good chance those boats are filled with high school students from schools scattered around Western New York. 

"It's a tough sport to get into but once you're into it, the community is awesome and there are coaches here that just love to teach the sport," Canisius Varsity sailing Co-Director Katie Braungart said. "Sailing uses your memory, your brain, different muscles, it's a great sport to get into if you want a challenge mentally and physically." 

Canisius competes against Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Buffalo Seminary, and Nichols, along with other schools from across the country. Students from a handful of public schools can also learn to sail and practice with Canisius. 

"It's taught me a lot about being a leader and even self-control, in situations where I'm just really having a tough time, it's helped me a lot to learn how to difficult situations," senior captain Max Balanevsky said. "Buffalo is really a special place to sail and there is a lot of history here."

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