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Race Team Practice
The Seattle Yacht Club will hold Race Team practices at Shilshole. Coaching is also available on an individual or small group basis in order to get specific groups up to speed. Please refer to season schedules on the website for more details on the dates and times for these practices.
Site: Dinghy dock, North end of Shilshole Bay Marina, W Dock. MAP
Boats: 420, 29er, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Opti
When conditions do not permit sailing we will use the practice time to workout. (Sailors should bring running shoes and workout clothes to every practice.) The focus for these will be teaching good workout technique for sailing.
Northwest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC.org)
The local organizing body of regattas is the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit. This circuit is comprised of regattas hosted by local clubs in Washington and British Columbia. These regattas are open to sailors of all skill levels. The series runs from the early spring through the fall.
Event Dates Location
Kitten Cup April 27 - 28 Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Lake June 29 - 30 Vancouver, WA
WIND Regatta (no Opti) July 20 - 21 Cascade Locks, OR
Gorge Opti July 26 - 28 Cascade Locks, OR
Bellingham Ski to Sea August 10 - 11 Bellingham, WA
*McCurdy Trophy/NW Team Race Champs August 17 - 18 Sail Sand Point, WA
NW Junior Olympics August 24 - 25 Shilshole, WA
Johnny Adams Memorial (JAM) September 7 - 8 Port Madison, WA
Octoberfest September 28 - 29 Sail Sand Point, WA
More information about this circuit and individual regattas is available online at: NWYRC.org
*McCurdy is not scored as part of the NWYRC
Northwest Interscholastic Sailing (aka High School Sailing)
This year we will be supporting high school sailing by providing practices at SYC twice a week during the spring season from March till late May. This will also include coaching at many local events, check www.nwisa.org for the most up-to-date schedule. This program is open to all kids from 7th- 12th grade and does not require that your school to form a team. We will mix and match sailors from all schools. Opti sailors are welcome to practice, but may not meet the grade requirement to race.
Other Coach Supported Regattas in 2013
These events, which are outside the NWYRC, will also have the coach present to support SYC Race Team Sailors.
Event Dates Location
Laser or 29er MidWinters West March 22 - 24 Southern California
Opti Heavy Weather June 21 - 23 San Francisco, CA
Laser PCCs July 12 - 14 Cascade Locks, OR
29er PCCs July 19 - 21 Cascade Locks, OR
Pumpkin Bowl October 19 - 20 West Vancouver, BC
Other events can be added to this schedule if the sailors share cost of coaching expenses: travel, lodging, boats.
Tuesday Night (Family Night) Race Series - Introduction to Race Team
All sailor and parents are encouraged to attend this weekly event, which is also open to members of the Race Team. This is a great place for those new to racing to gain confidence, time on the water, and transition to Race Team sailing. Younger sailors are encouraged to pair up with parents, or older Race Team members!!
Site: SYC, Portage Bay
Dates: Tuesdays, June 18th – August 27th
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Boats: Laser, Opti, V15
CYC Shilshole Thursday Night Race Series
We encourage all race team sailors to participate in weeknight racing at Corinthian YC. This is run at Shilshole on Thursday evenings from April 8th through September 9th first start at 6pm. This event is open to most fleets, CYC will provide a start for a class with five or more boats. You must register with CYC to race this series.
More information about this race series is available online at: http://www.cycseattle.org
US Sailing Junior Events
In addition to regattas held in the Northwest, members of the racing team often travel across the country to other competitions sponsored by US Sailing. These regattas tend to include national championships such as US Junior Championships and US Youth Championships. The US Youth Championships is a selective regatta with entry determined by resume’. Each spring sailors submit applications in hopes of attending this prestigious event. SYC has consistently sent Race Team Members to this event. The US Junior Championships are made up of five regattas and categorized by the number of sailors per boat. Triple Handed (Sears), Double Handed (Bemis), Single Handed (Smythe), Women Double Handed (Ida Lewis), Women Single Handed (Leiter) More information about these events can be found online at: http://www.ussailing.org/youth/index.asp