Allgeier Wins AYC, Amthor Wins Match Race, Become an Instructor!

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The Hampton Roads Race Team traveled to Annapolis Yacht Club for the infamous Halloween Howl Regatta. James Allgeier won the event winning six out of the nine races, finishing only once outside of the top three, where he finished fourth in race 9. Amelon Rule also sailed a great regatta winning race 3 and finishing third overall. Justinas Petkauskas finished fifth and Jackson Martin 23rd in the 32 boat fleet. We are very proud of these young sailors and congratulations to Coach Nathan Smith on coaching the team to success.

Benton Amthor and SUNY Team Win Oakcliff Grade 5 Match Race

Benton Amthor and SUNY Team Win
Past HRRT Opti Coach and HYC/FBYC junior sailing alumni Benton Amthor and his teammates from SUNY Maritime like many college sailors have been exploring new sailing opportunities since their regular season regattas have been cancelled. Amthor went to neighboring Oakcliff for a Grade 5 Match Race with many COVID safety protocols in place, similar to what HYC and other programs have instituted since the start of the pandemic. For their first time match racing the team focused on boat speed and making the correct maneuvers to cover their competition and the team of dinghy sailors pulled off the win against seven other teams. Oakcliff is a national sail training organization located in Oyster Bay, NY. The brain child of Hunt and Betsy Lawrence, Oakcliff is headed by executive director Dawn Riley and has become a premier training location for educational, one-design, offshore, and Olympic development programs.

High School Sailing Lafayette Team Race

High School Sailing Lafayette Team Race 2020

HYC Navigators and the NSA Saints sailed at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club this past weekend in the Lafayette Team Race. Both teams sailed a great event with HRA pushing through on Course 1 finishing fourth out of thirteen teams. NSA dominated Course 2 with a 6-1 record winning Course 2 and finishing sixth overall.


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Level 1 Instructor Courses Available in Hampton Roads Area
US Sailing began offering their Level 1 Sailing Instructor Course in an online format this past summer. Previously Level 1 was a 4-day in person course, now it is a 10-day online course followed by a 2-day in person evaluation, both of which are taught by a US Sailing Level 1 instructor trainer.  
Why become Level 1 certified? This course is designed to provide sailing instructors with information on how to teach more safely, effectively, and creatively. Topics covered in the course include: classroom and on-the-water teaching techniques, risk management, safety issues, lesson planning, creative activities, ethical concerns, and sports physiology and psychology. This course is required for most yacht club instructors who intend to do any on the water teaching. Additionally level 1 instructors are covered under US Sailing umbrella insurance coverage. 
Must turn 16 during calendar year
NASBLA boating certificate
Complete Safesport online
Complete teaching fundamentals online
Have a current US Sailing membership
Have a current CPR/First Aid
There are 2 online courses during the month of November with limited spots available:
Dates: 11/06/2020   –   11/15/2020
11/20/2020   –   11/29/2020   
*Norfolk Yacht and Country Club and or Hampton Yacht Club plans on hosting 2-day in person classes when at least 8 participants from the local area have completed the 10-day online course. 
Target date is December 5-6, 2020 and details will be available shortly.