Are you competitive? Do you want to learn advanced boat handling skills, build confidence or just know how to get every last tenth of a knot out of your boat’s speed? Does your sailor have dreams of sailing in high school, college, or one day train for the Olympics? Don’t be afraid to dream big when you join our race teams! Racing builds camaraderie, promotes travel to fun and new destinations with friends, and can establish a passion for a lifelong sport.
All of our sailors learn and practice sailboat racing skills. However, junior sailors can further develop their racing skills by joining a race team and competing in regattas around the Chesapeake Bay and around the country. Opti Green Fleet & c420 sailors do not need to own their own boats 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 Green Fleet
Every great racing sailor, including Jimmy Spithill, started out their sailing career in the number one junior fleet in the world, the Optimist. The Green Fleet program (Opti 2) is the foundational class to what could become a lifetime sport and days filled with adventure! The Opti 2 class is a developmental program for the sailors to explore what the sailing lifestyle has to offer: lots of fun while being on the water with friends and exploring new places! Being a part of a sailing team teaches life skills such as confidence, independence, critical thinking, and work ethic. At HYC we understand that our future is GREEN! That means they will still get the same expert coaching as the Opti Race Team. We do not ask our Green Team sailors to travel far, but we do encourage local regattas as far as Annapolis. However, there is no pressure at the Green Fleet regattas, all are focused on a safe learning environment. Once the sailors have bridged the gap from Green Fleet racing they will be ready and welcomed to join the RWB Opti Race Team.
RWB Opti Race Team
After sailors have gained some experience in the Green Fleet, those sailors can advance onto our RWB Opti Race Team and compete in Red, White, and Blue fleet events locally or nationally depending on the desires of the family The RWB Team competes in fleet and team racing events. Hampton Yacht Club is dedicated to the education and training of these young athletes and sought out the best coaching for this program. Juan Manuel Briones was previously the Argentine National Team Coach and is also a coach for LISOT. Better known as Paton, this coach will provide excellent coaching to help develop your sailor to reach their goals. The 2021 Summer under Paton’s leadership led to winning the 2021 USODA Fleet Race National Championship and under coach Santiago “Tino” Galan winning the Orange Bowl International Regatta in Miami, FL.
The Opti Class in the US is organized by the USODA and HYC is honored to host the 2021 Optimist Team Race National Championship.
Once the Opti Racers have reached the age of 15, over 140 lbs and/or over 5ft 5in these sailors typically move onto the club 420 or the Laser 4.7/Radial.
2022 Elite Laser & Laser Radial Race Team Training Program
Laser Radial/4.7 Travel Team: Ages 13-18
*Additional Regatta and Travel Fees May Apply
The Laser Radial Race Team was formed in 2020. The fleet quickly expanded at the club under Head Coach Vir Menon. The team had great success competing throughout the Chesapeake Bay in 2021 and beyond including the West Marine US Open Sailing Series and winning the CBYRA ILCA High Point Championship. For the Summer of 2022, the HYC Team has partnered with Big Blue Sailing Academy, LLC. again to develop a regional laser program that can provide an elite level coaching. The team will train and compete at Hampton Yacht Club and Big Blue based out of the Old Dominion University Sailing Center. The partnership with Big Blue allows for three top-level coaches to oversee the program.
The Program Director will be Mitch Brindley, head coach at Old Dominion University with over 27 years coaching experience at the youth, collegiate, national, and international level in a variety of one design class dinghies with extensive experience in Laser and Laser Radials including Anna Tunnicliffe (2008 Olympic Gold Medal Laser Radial).
The Elite Laser Program will divide training time at both venues over the summer.
Purpose: Provide professional instruction, race training, and coaching in Laser Radials (4.7 or Laser Standard also suitable) for dedicated and experienced youth sailors in the Chesapeake Bay region utilizing the facilities and expertise of Hampton Yacht Club and Old Dominion University Sailing program. The program will be conducted and managed by Big Blue Sailing Academy, LLC in partnership with Hampton Yacht Club, for alternating sessions.
Entrants should purchase session hosted by HYC through HYC’s Club Spot account and sessions hosted by Big Blue at http://www.bigbluesailingacademy.com/elitelaserracingprogram.html
ILCA 4/6 (Laser) Travel Team: Ages 13-18
*Additional Regatta and Travel Fees May Apply
Session 1 ODU June 13-26
Session 2 HYC June 27-July 8
Session 3 ODU July 11-22
Session 4 HYC July 25-Aug 12
Purpose: Provide professional instruction, race training, and coaching in ILCA (4, 6, or 7) for dedicated and experienced youth sailors in the Chesapeake Bay region utilizing the facilities and expertise of Hampton Yacht Club and Old Dominion University Sailing Team. The joint program will be conducted and managed by Big Blue Sailing Academy, LLC in partnership with Hampton Yacht Club, for alternating sessions.
Entrants should purchase session hosted by HYC through HYC’s Club Spot account and sessions hosted by Big Blue at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/a641a01f/GPhI_nPDz0m85x7kWGTbsw?u=http://www.bigbluesailingacademy.com/elitelaserracingprogram.html
Session 1, June 20-July 1 EVENTS: Fishing Bay Yacht Club June 25-26, Hampton Yacht Club June 28-29, *Norfolk Yacht and Country Club July 1
ILCA North American Championship CORK/Sail Kingston, Ontario June 30-July 4
Session 2, July 5-15 EVENTS: Annapolis Yacht Club July 6, Severn Sailing Association July 7
ILCA Atlantic Coast Championship, Larchmont Yacht Club July 8-10
Maryland Yacht Club July 12, BCSC July 13, Gibson Island Yacht Club, July 15
Session 3, July 18-29 EVENTS: US Champs Brant Beach Yacht Club, July 15-17
Session 4, August 1-12 EVENTS: Rock Hall Yacht Club August 8-9, Miles River Yacht Club August 11
Oxford Regatta at Tred Avon Yacht Club Aug. 13-14
The ILCA 4/6 Program at HYC is a bring your own boat program. If you are interested but do not own a boat please contact email@example.com and I will be happy to assist you in finding a good boat. Big Blue Sailing Academy does have a limited amount of charter boats available.
The 4/6 team plans to travel and there may be costs (regatta fees, lodging, etc.) that are not accounted for in the weekly program fees. Any questions regarding the regatta schedule may be directed to the Sailing Director.
Prerequisite: Opti Travel Team or Dinghy 2 DDT or High School Sailing Experience
-Enthusiasm and passion for the sport
-Will travel (sometimes far) with the team and represent HYC at away regattas
-Is confident at upwind and downwind
-Can roll tack/gybe each time making the maneuver
-Is comfortable in windy conditions
-Is on time and focused during practice
-Takes notes and is focused at team meetings
-Is respectful to teammates and coaches
Summer Team, the Laser is the single-handed Olympic dinghy in the United States. The team will compete through out the country and are expected to work towards competing at the highest level with integrity and sportsmanship. The travel team will work on honing finely developed skills for ultimate performance in a multitude of areas. Sailors participating on the team will be expected to travel.
Objectives: ILCA 4/6 Travel Team
-Prepare sailors for sailing at the travel team level or in high school, college racing, and other high performance sailing opportunities
-Develop strong habits that are conducive to improving and being prepared for racing
-Fine tune boat handling
-Have an understanding of tuning and sail shape
-Improve tactical and strategic knowledge
-Develop communication skills between skipper and crew
-Prepare sailors for/Preparation for big events including tune up regattas, practice days, and conditions based regatta prep
Chesapeake 420 Race Team
The c420 program is a great place to hone those high school sailing skills or continue on your path out of the 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. HYC provides exceptional coaching and has a long term plan that will help your sailor advance in his or her sailing career.
It is preferable that you sign up as a team (skipper and crew) but we do accept individuals. 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 but is always encouraged.
1 United 420 Race Team
The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) organizes most junior regattas by region to alleviate repetitive travel to the same regions over the summer. Some events are scheduled for the weekend but it is not uncommon for weekday events as well.
Parental involvement is expected and lots of fun for out-of-town regattas. Parental duties include: help loading and unloading of boats, towing boat trailers and driving sailors and boats to and from regattas. The cost of gas for trailering, coach meals and lodging during the regatta is covered by a varying fee based on the location of the event, number of coaches, and number of participating team members.
HYC is hosting two very premier junior events this summer:
- 2022 Virginia Commonwealth Cup & US Sailing Area C Qualifier June 28-30, this event is open to ILCA, c420s, all Opti Fleets, and provided Sonars for the Sears Qualifier on June 30.
- 2022 USODA Optimist Team Race National Championship August 18-21, HYC is very excited and honored to host the team race portion of the Nationals for the Optimist Class for the second year in a row.
Note: We believe that in order to train successful sailors, junior sailors should train in an Optimist as long as 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.
2022 Race Team Schedules
2022 Racing Schedule
|Date||Regatta||Host Yacht Club||Location|
|6/25-26/22||FBYC Jr. Annual||Fishing Bay Yacht Club||Deltaville, VA|
|6/28-30/22||Commonwealth Cup & Area C Qualifier Regattas||Hampton Yacht Club||Hampton, VA|
|7/1/22||NYCC Junior Annual||Norfolk Yacht & Country Club||Norfolk, VA|
|7/6/22||AYC Junior Annual||Annapolis Yacht Club||Annapolis, MD|
|7/7/22||Sandy MacVicker||Severn Sailing Association||Annapolis, MD|
|7/15/22||Maryland Yacht Club Regatta||MD Yacht Club||Pasadena, MD|
|7/14/22||Baltimore County Sailing Club||BCSC||Baltimore, MD|
|7/15/22||Gibson Island||Gibson Island Yacht Club||Gibson Island, MD|
|7/26/22||West River Jr. Regatta||West River Sailing Club||Galesville, MD|
|8/3||Lewes Jr. Regatta||Lewes Yacht Club||Lewes, DE|
|8/8-9/22||MD State Championship||Rock Hall Yacht Club||Rock Hall, MD|
|8/11/22||Miles River Jr. Regatta||Miles River Yacht Club||Saint Micheals, MD|
|8/13-14/22||Oxford Regatta||Tred Avon Yacht Club||Oxford, MD|