Junior Race Team
Race Team Vision
SYC is recognized among the leading yacht clubs of the world with a renowned comprehensive junior sailing program, in which the Junior Race Team is an integral part. Our Junior Race Team draws upon a broad base of young sailors (open to the public) primarily from the SYC Summer Sailing School, SYC’s Northwest Interscholastic High School Sailing Team (HS Sailing), and community outreach programs. The SYC Junior Race Team and HS Sailing provides youths, from ages 8 to 18, the opportunity to reach for competitive success at all levels while developing athletic skills, leadership, sportsmanship and a lifelong love for boating. SYC has given rise to numerous generations of successful Pacific Northwest sailors, including multiple Olympic champions. The SYC Race Team continues the Club’s legacy of achievement, representing SYC in local, regional, national and international competitions.
Race Team Mission
· Progress juniors from participation to development to the highest levels of youth racing achievement
- Provide a fun and supportive environment for junior racers of all abilities
- Provide coaches exceptional in their sailing accomplishments and their abilities to train and inspire our racers
- Maintain facilities and equipment equal or superior to leading yacht clubs around the world
- Promote interest and participation in sailing and racing with an active, adaptive outreach program
- Prepare racers for Collegiate Sailing providing an opportunity to leverage individual racers’ sailing skills and racing achievements in the college application process
- Develop a lifelong interest and appreciation of sailing and racing in all Race Team members while promoting SYC junior membership in a family oriented, supportive environment
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Race Team Coach- Cameron Hoard
Cameron grew up racing Lasers, Lightnings, and his family’s Ranger 26 in Upstate New York and all over the Atlantic Coast. After a successful junior sailing career, Cameron pursued his interest in music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He spent his college summers and weekends coaching, racing, and managing races on Boston Harbor for The Courageous Sailing Center.
After graduating college in 2005, he moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area to coach at The San Francisco Yacht Club. Initially hired as the First Year Race Team Coach, Cameron worked into the position of Head Sailing and High School Race Team Coach. As Head Coach, he oversaw the staff of sailing instructors and handled the enrollment and structure of the SFYC summer season program and year-round high school racing program. The high school race teams combined five high schools, about 35 sailors, into a collaborative practice environment and rigorous regatta schedule.
Cameron traveled extensively with both the high school and summer race teams to various regattas throughout California. Every season the high school teams qualified for PCISA Gold Pacific Coast Championships, as well as many sailors being accepted into the CISA advanced racing clinic. At SFYC Cameron also coached the Opti Race Team, taught Adult Sailing and Learn to Sail courses in Optis, Lasers, Keelboats and FJs.
Following his time at SFYC, Cameron went to work for Doyle Sailmakers San Francisco, where he built one design, cruising, and custom racing sails for a variety of boats. While working at Doyle, he raced on many boats, often trimming sails he had built.
In addition, Cameron coached John Pearce to a 5th place standing at the Laser Olympic trials of 2008 and also taught sailing at San Francisco State University.
Aside from sailing, Cameron likes to write and produce music, hike, camp, snowboard, and spend time with friends and family. He’s excited to be a part of the Seattle Yacht Club and is looking forward to lots of fun and hard work on the water!
High School Sailing at SYC
In order to help promote High School Sailing in Seattle and create a place for older graduates of our sailing school to begin participating in the sport, we offer a High School Sailing Program designed to get sailors ready for local and regional regattas.
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Opti Green Fleet Program
Interested in taking the first step to becoming a racer? The Opti Green Fleet is the best place to start for kids ages 8-13. The group meets each summer on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30 at SYC on Portage Bay. Using our club boats, you will learn the basics of racing, advanced rigging, and boat handling. A coach will also be on hand at three local regattas. Once you feel ready to head out to Shilshole and sail with the regular Opti Team, your fee can be forwarded toward the regular Race Team annual fee.
The cost for the Opti Green Fleet Program is $250 for SYC members, $300 for guests. Click here for more information.
For More Information
Please contact Brian Ledbetter or Cameron Hoard at 206-926-1011, or send email to: