Junior Racing

HYC 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 the HYC Race Teams and competing in regattas at HYC, other yacht clubs around the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. You do not have to own your own boat to join our teams. 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.

Chesapeake Optimist Race Team  & Optimist Race Team (Red, White, and Blue Fleets)

The Into to Opti Racing Summer sailors start out in the Opti Green Fleet.  In that program, they start out in the basics of racing and compete in 2 regattas during the summer. During those 2 regattas, the sailors will receive coaching from one of our experienced instructors. After they have gained some experience, they can advance onto our Opti Race team and compete in the White, Red, and Blue fleets (their age determines which fleet they go into).   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 Chesapeake Race Team is a developmental race team 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 HYC. Once the sailors have bridged the gap from Intro to Opti Racing and the Opti Race Team, they will be ready to compete in the national level and join the Opti Race Team.

Chesapeake c420 Race Team & c420 Race Team
HYC sponsors a club 420 Race team for the teenage members of our junior program.  The program requires some experience at regattas in the Summer Intro to 420 Racing class or Optimist Racing Team. The team focuses on serious racing skills and techniques including starting, strategy, tactics, spinnaker trim, trapezing and light and heavy weather sailing. HYC provides exceptional coaching and has a long term plan that will help your sailor advance in his or her sailing career. The Race team will have guest coaching appearances by Gary Bodie and Tyler Moore.

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. These boats, with new sails, will only be used for regattas in order to meet quality race standards.

The Chesapeake Race Team is a developmental race team 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 c420 Race Team, but the sailors will only travel to local smaller regattas to represent HYC. Once the sailors have bridged the gap from Intro to c420 Racing and the c420 Race Team, they will be ready to compete in the national level and join the c420 Race Team.

 

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. The yacht club covers the cost of the Race Coach and powerboat gas during the regattas. Big regattas we travel to: Nationals, Junior Olympics, Orange Bowl, Buzzards Bay and Hyannis. The breakdown of costs of each regatta

HYC will be hosting our Annual Jr. Regatta on June 29th, 2017. Registration and Results will be online through Regatta Network.

HYC Annual Jr. Regatta is open to Radials, c420s and all Opti Fleets. Gary Bodie will be running the Radial and c420 circle. Tyler Moore will be running the Opti (Red, White, Blue Fleet) circle. Chris Pfrang will be running the Opti Green Fleet circle. To view 2016’s NOR, click here. To register for 2017 and view NOR, click here.


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.

2017 Racing Schedule

Opti Race Schedule

c420 Race Schedule 

HYC Junior Regatta –  June 29th, 2017. This event is open to Optimists, Laser Radials and c420s. Registration/NOR.

Race Results

 

Resources for Race Teams

US Sailing the Racing Rules 2013-2016                   US Sailing Team Racing Rulebook
Jr. CBYRA                                                                       Clever Pig
c420 Class Website and Calendar                              Opti Class Website and Calendar
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course                         c420 Zim Tuning Guide
c420 North Sails Tuning Guide                                  Opti Tuning Guide