Junior Racing

Junior Racing

Race Teams

Does your sailor have a passion for racing, advancing their sailing skills to a whole new level or want to see themselves on a college sailing team or even the Olympics? Well then your child should join our race team! 

All of our sailors learn and practice sailboat racing skills. However, junior sailors can further develop their racing skills by joining HRRT (Hampton Roads Race Team) and competing in regattas around the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. Opti Green Fleet & c420 sailors do not need to own their own boat to participate. Make sure your child joins the CBRYA Junior Membership and US Sailing to get discounts on regatta fees and other various discounts at retail stores. Sailors must join USODA, Laser or c420 Class memberships to participate in Junior Olympics and National level events. 

Hampton Yacht Club is committed to the health and safety of our sailors and staff. Unfortunately, the 2020 summer regatta landscape is forever changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We want the absolute best competition for our race teams and the Sailing Director and Coaches are working with US Sailing, CBYRA, and other colleagues around the country to develop schedules to provide safe competition.  Each day brings new hurdles of events being postponed or cancelled.  The amount of travel regattas have drastically been reduced and more emphasis has been placed on collaboration with other local Southern Bay clubs.   Schedule changes are updated frequently and a master schedule of events can be viewed here There is hope that as restrictions ease each class will be able to develop the set schedule by June 1.  Our apologies for any inconvenience that this lack of structure may cause but we are still looking forward to a great summer of racing!

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Opti Race Team

After sailors have gained some experience in the Intro to Opti Racing course, those sailors can advance onto our Opti Race Team and compete in the Green, White, Red and Blue fleets (Click Here for breakdown of fleet assignments).   A minimum of one season of Opti Level 1 training and Intro to Opti Racing is required. Team selection will be at the discretion of the Optimist Race Coach or Sailing Director. The use of the club’s Optimists are free for first year Green Fleeter; after completing one season on the team, you can charter an Opti from the club (if available) for a fee or purchase an Optimist.

The Green Fleet program is a developmental race team program for the sailors or for parents that only want their sailors to travel locally. That means they will still get the same expert coaching as the Opti Race Team, but the sailors will only travel to local smaller regattas to represent HRRT. Once the sailors have bridged the gap from Intro to Opti Racing and Green Fleet racing, they will be ready to compete in the national level and join the RWB Opti Race Team.

Once the Opti Racers have reached the age of 15, over 140 lbs and/or over 5ft 5in these sailors now qualify to move onto the club 420. They can either take a Intro to c420 Racing course or just jump right into the c420 Race Team.

USODA Parent Guide

420 Race Team

The c420 program requires Intro to Double Handed Racing course, high school sailing experience or prior Optimist Racing Team experience. The team focuses on serious racing skills and techniques including starting, strategy, tactics, spinnaker trim, trapezing and light and heavy weather sailing. HRRT provides exceptional coaching and has a long term plan that will help your sailor advance in his or her sailing career. 

You may sign up as a team (skipper and crew) or individually. If you sign up as an individual, we will pair you up with someone that meets the competitive crew weight (260-270 pounds) and your skill set. We do have 4 new Zim c420s. Boat ownership is not required.

Regattas

Most regattas are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays or during the week of July 4th and do require travel.   Parental involvement is expected for out-of-town regattas including: help getting boats loaded and unloaded, towing boat trailers and driving sailors and boats to and from regattas. Cost of gas for trailering, hotels for the race team, food during the regatta and regatta registration cost is not covered by the yacht club. If you are not able to help with towing or chaperoning, there will be an extra cost to help the parents that are towing boats, etc.

HYC Annual Jr. Regatta is open to Radials, c420s, RS Fevas all Opti Fleets.


Note: We believe that in order to train successful sailors, junior sailors should train in an Optimist as long possible. Please help us with that goal by encouraging your child to sail an Optimist.  The Optimist is not only the largest sailing class in the world; it is the most competitive class for age 15 and below.

2020 Racing Schedule

DateRegattaHost Yacht ClubLocation
6/27/20FBYC Jr. Regatta Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
7/10/20Gibson IslandGibson Island Yacht ClubGibson Island, MD
7/11-12/20Hampton Junior OlympicsHampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/13/20Maryland Yacht Club RegattaMD Yacht ClubPasadena, MD
7/17-18/20Commonwealth CupNorfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7/28/20West River Jr. RegattaWest River Sailing ClubGalesville, MD
7/30/20Indian Landing Jr. RegattaIndian Landing Boat ClubMillersville, MD
8/4/20Rock Hall Jr. RegattaRock Hall Yacht ClubRock Hall, MD
8/6/20Miles River Jr. RegattaMiles River Yacht ClubSaint Micheals, MD
8/1-2/20Oxford RegattaTred Avon Yacht ClubOxford, MD
8/11AYC Jr. AnnualAnnapolis Yacht ClubAnnapolis, MD
8/12/20Sandy McVickerSevern Sailing AssociationAnnapolis, MD
6/25-26/20SRBT Clinic #1Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
6/27/20FBYC Jr. Regatta (Likely Moving)Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
7/9-10/20SRBT Clinic #2Hampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/11-12/20Hampton Jr. OlympicsHampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/17/20Indian Creek RegattaIndian Creek Yacht and Country ClubKilmarnock, VA
7/15-16/20SRBT Clinic #3Norfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7/18-19/20Commonwealth CupNorfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7-25 8/2/20Opti EventODU/NYCCNorfolk, VA
8/1/20Ware River Jr. RegattaWare River Yacht ClubGloucester, VA
8/11AYC Jr. AnnualAnnapolis Yacht ClubAnnapolis, MD
8/12McVickerSSAAnnapolis, MD
DateRegattaHost Yacht ClubLocation
6/25-26/20SRBT Clinic #1Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
6/27-28/20FBYC Jr. Regatta Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
7/9-10/20SRBT Clinic #2Hampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/11-12/20Hampton Jr. OlympicsHampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/15-16/20SRBT Clinic #3Norfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7/17-18/20Commonwealth CupNorfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7/25-8/2/20Opti EventODU/NYCCNorfolk, VA
8/1-2/20Oxford RegattaTred Avon Yacht ClubOxford, MD
8/11/2020AYC Jr. AnnualAnnapolis Yacht ClubAnnapolis, MD
8/12/20Sandy McVickerSevern Sailing AssociationAnnapolis, MD
DateRegattaHost Yacht ClubLocation
5/23Laser Radial Clinic with VirHampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
5/30-31Laser RegattaNorfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
6/25-26/20SRBT Clinic #1Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
6/27-28/20FBYC Jr. Regatta Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
7/9-10/20SRBT Clinic #2Hampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/11-12/20Hampton Jr. OlympicsHampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/15-16/20SRBT Clinic #3Norfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7/17-18/20Commonwealth CupNorfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
8/1-2/20Oxford RegattaTred Avon Yacht ClubOxford, MD
8/11/2020AYC Jr. AnnualAnnapolis Yacht ClubAnnapolis, MD
8/12/20Sandy McVickerSevern Sailing AssociationAnnapolis, MD
    
9/19-20/20Laser ACCsNorfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
DateRegattaHost Yacht ClubLocation
7/11-12/20Hampton Junior OlympicsHampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
DateRegattaHost Yacht ClubLocation
6/25-26/20SRBT Clinic #1Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
6/27-28/20FBYC Jr. Regatta Fishing Bay Yacht ClubDeltaville, VA
7/9-10/20SRBT Clinic #2Hampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/11-12/20Hampton Jr. OlympicsHampton Yacht ClubHampton, VA
7/14-17/20c420 North AmericansGrosse Point Yacht CLubGrosse Point, MI
7/15-16/20SRBT Clinic #3Norfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7/17-18/20Commonwealth CupNorfolk Yacht and Country ClubNorfolk, VA
7/22-24/20c420 Nationals Brant Beach Yacht ClubLong Beach Township, NJ
7/31-8/2/20i420 Mid Atlantic ChampionshipSSA or Hampton?TBD
8/1-2/20Oxford RegattaTred Avon Yacht ClubOxford, MD
8/11/2020AYC Jr. AnnualAnnapolis Yacht ClubAnnapolis, MD
8/12/20Sandy McVickerSevern Sailing AssociationAnnapolis, MD
    
9/12-13/20Regional ClinicTBATBD
10/24-25/20i420  Atlantic Coast ChampionshipIndian Harbor Yacht ClubIndian Harbor, CT
DateRegattaHostCBYRAGreeniesRWBLaserFeva420
6/25-26/20SRBT Clinic #1FBYC xxx x
6/27-28/20FBYC Jr. RegattaFBYCxxxx x
7/9-10/20SRBT Clinic #2HYC xxx x
7/10/20Gibson IslandGIYCx     
7/11-12/20Hampton Jr. OlympicsHYCxxxxxx
7/13/20Maryland Yacht Club RegattaMDYCx     
7/15-16/20SRBT Clinic #3NYCC xxx x
7/17-18/20Commonwealth CupNYCCxxxx x
7/17/20Indian Creek RegattaICYC x    
7-25 8/2/20Opti EventODU/NYCC xx   
7/28/20West River Jr. RegattaWRYCx     
7/30/20Indian Landing Jr. RegattaILBCx     
8/1/20Ware River Jr. RegattaWRYC x    
8/4/20Rock Hall Jr. RegattaRHYCx     
8/6/20Miles River Jr. RegattaMRYCx     
8/1-2/20Oxford RegattaTAYCx xx x
8/11/2020AYC Jr. AnnualAYCxxxx x
8/12/20Sandy McVickerSSAxxxx x
         
9/19-20/20Laser ACCsNYCC   x  
9/12-13/20Regional ClinicTBA     x
10/24-25/20i420  Atlantic Coast ChampionshipIHYC     x