ABYC's Fall Junior Invitational

Team SDYC continued its run at the fall Sabot schedule with an impressive showing at ABYC’s Fall Junior Invitational. Here’s my traditional review of the stats:

  • Team SDYC Roster size: 19 (2 fewer than 2013, but we unfortunately had several regulars out)
  • Team SDYC's percentage of the Overall Regatta attendance: 28% (19/69)
  • Team SDYC’s share of Bullets (race wins): 62% (23/37)
  • Team SDYC’s share of Overall Fleet Wins: 80% (4/5: B, C1, C2, C3)
  • Team SDYC's Final Positions by quintile. This is how our sailors fared collectively against their competition.
    • Top Quintile (47%)
    • Second Quintile (32%)
    • Mid Quintile (5%)
    • Fourth Quintile (16%)
    • Lowest Quintile (0%)

Gotta love this stuff! Nearly half of our racers finished in the top fifth of their division, and for the second consecutive major Sabot regatta, every single racer sailed clear of the lowest fifth. Congratulations to Taisei Hatter who started off with a bullet and stayed consistent to finish 4th overall as Team SDYC's top A Fleeter with a strong start to the SCYYRA North Series. Cole Harris also trophied in A Fleet with 5th overall. B Fleet was rock solid with John Majernik taking 4th, Sean Caulfield in 3rd, and way to go Jack Plavan with the 1st overall and move up to A Fleet! In C1, Schuyler Capita and Cameron Cage owned the top of the leaderboard, activating a tiebreaker to settle at 1st and 2nd respectively. In C2 it was Shaye Wattson with 1st overall, followed closely by Katie Olsen in 2nd, Burke Kanemasu in 4th, and Timmy Fraher in 5th. And in C3, where we watch our future begin, congratulations to Sammy Gardner, Dylan Gardner in 5th, Marcus Hall in 3rd, new team member Annabelle Huyard in 4th, and Calvin Schmid rockin' the vintage Sobstad to 1st Overall and the move up to C2!

Way to go sailors, towing volunteers the Joslins, Majerniks, Gardners, Caulfields, Hatters, Frahers, and Kanemasus (wow!), and coaches Roger O'Connor, Brennen Clark, Johannes McElvain, Andy Reiter, and Head Coach Nick Kaschak!

Full Results

Fall Gold Cup / SCYYRA Shadden Series #1 - Event Info

Team SDYC got the season off to a great start this past weekend at Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Fall Gold Cup/SCYYRA Shadden Series #1. As always, I try to look at the big picture, as well as the individual story lines. Here’s a quick look at the key stats:

  • Team SDYC's percentage of the Overall Regatta: 15% (23/157)
  • Team SDYC's share of Overall Fleet Wins: 33% (2/6, B and C3)
  • Team SDYC's share of Bullets (race wins): 48% (22/46)
  • Breakdown of Team SDYC's Final Positions by quintile. This is how our sailors fared collectively against their competition.
    • Top Quintile (39%)
    • Second Quintile (35%)
    • Mid Quintile (13%)
    • Fourth Quintile (13%)
    • Lowest Quintile (0%)

Wow, that's pretty solid indeed! Big congratulations go out to new Team SDYC member Peter Joslin who underlined his name on the roster with a first-appearance win and trip to the A Fleet! Jack Plavan also sailed consistently and trophied with 5th overall in B. In C1, Schuyler Capita and Petey Busch sailed well for 3rd and 4th respectively. In C2, every one of our sailors won a race, or several! Congrats to trophy winners Katie Olsen (5th), Burke Kanemasu (3rd), and Shaye Wattson with 2nd overall! And the biggest congrats of all are for C3, where our sailors dominated the top third. Way to go Jimmy Dealy (8th), Marcus Hall (3rd), Calvin Schmid (2nd), and Ryan Hogue with 1st Overall and a move to C2!

Well done sailors, parents (especially our towing volunteers!) and coaches Roger O'Connor, Brennen Clark, Jesse McKnight and Head Coach Nick Kaschak!

With over 35 sailors attending the kick-off of Afterschool Sailing last Friday, I know we have more great results like this ahead!

SCYYRA Campaigns - More Details

At the heart of junior sailboat racing in Southern California is the SCYYRA Series of regattas. These events taking place from late August to mid-April have trained champions as the years have gone by. There is no better training opportunity for competing at the national level then these easily accessible, local events. SDYC Juniors has had a much storied history competing at these regattas and this year we look to extend this run. This year Team SDYC looks to be the foremost leaders at the SCYYRA regattas in: attendance, performance and sportsmanship. Implementing this vision will take a number of variables that we seek to work harder at than ever before. That is the purpose of our SCYYRA Campaign Team to establish early communication between sailors, coaches and parents to better the overall experience at these events. Please find the fleet/series you intend on racing in below and the attached information specific to your fleet.

Statement of Purpose:

  • To continue Team SDYC's history as the top junior racing program in the Southern California area
  • To prepare our sailors of competition at the national and international level
  • To ease the flow of information and communication between sailors, coaches and parents
  • To organize and train our sailors for success
  • To better our transportation of equipment and sailors to/from events

The Team:

Participation on any one of the SCYYRA Series Teams will mean commitment to the Team's vision and your personal goals.

The following mandates will apply:

  • Participation in Friday practice before each event
  • Racing in all (four) series specific events
  • Understanding that you will need to tow to one or more event

What the Team guarantees you:

  • A SDYC boat chartered to you for the length of the series
  • Coaching at every event and lead-up practice
  • SDYC support

Team SDYC SCYYRA Campaigns Sign Up

2015 Junior Board of Directors Announced

Commodore Jesse McKnight
Vice Commodore Cole Harris
Secretary Millie Dorgan
CFJ Fleet Captain Daisy Holthus
Laser Fleet Captain Amanda Majernik
Sabot A Fleet Captain Piper Holthus
Sabot B Fleet Captain John Majernik
Sabot C Fleet Captain Mackenzie Harris
O'pen Bic Fleet Captain Kelly Holthus
C420 Fleet Captain Taisei Hatter


Team SDYC Heads to Junior Sabot Nationals at NHYC!

Follow the final two days of the Championship Results!


Courtesy of Team SDYC sailor and producer, Timmy Fraher

Point Loma Pointers Prevail!


Besides honoring the most important women in the world, SDYC observed another Mother's Day tradition in May by hosting the High School Doublehanded National Championship. The top twenty teams from around the country assembled to vie for ISSA's coveted Mallory Trophy, setting the stage for a dramatic weekend. Utilizing SDYC's regionally unrivaled fleet of 24 CFJ dinghies and the ultra-spectator-friendly Cityfront venue; sailors, coaches, and fans were treated to breezy conditions and a nail-biter finish. Congratulation to the Point Loma High School Pointers, who rallied on Sunday to win by one point, capturing their sixth National title!

Competitors arrived on Friday, and were greeted to typically excellent conditions for practice at the downtown venue, and an evening Competitor's Meeting to get ahead of the game. For those not familiar with scholastic sailing, teams field two divisions called A and B. Divisions alternate sailing two races at a time, while the division on shore confers with coaches, etc. At each rotation, teams change boats, in an attempt to level that aspect of the competition. Teams also often field heavy and light crews, as conditions dictate. With no throw-outs, every race counts and a team's score is the sum of their divisional scores. Consistency is key.

Saturday began as planned with a tow downtown, but Mother Nature still had her surprises in store. A normal-enough seeming southwesterly began toggling wildly from south to west, calling for many course changes and a couple abandoned races and starts; especially frustrating since pressure was great at about 10 kts the whole time. PRO Jeff Johnson and his team put up a valiant effort, and were able to put six very high quality races on the books for both A and B Divisions. As the sun set on day one, The Branson School from San Francisco held the lead, with Corona del Mar in second, and Point Loma and Shorecrest (FL) tied for third, illustrating the depth of talent from the Pacific Coast Conference.

Sunday provided much better racing with breeze veering smoothly from west to northwest and building from 12-17 kts! Getting starts off was easy, but the new challenge was keeping up with various breakdowns as sailors pushed boats and themselves to the edge in the escalating conditions. As the 4pm time limit approached, just one more race would be held for each division. PLHS A Division sailors Scott Sinks and Johannes McElvain posted a 6, drawing their team into a tie for the lead with St. George's, with Shorecrest just one point back! PLHS B Division, Will La Dow and Jennifer Johnson hit the water. A finish of 5th place may not seem as exciting as the five bullets Will racked up to win his division, but with St. George's crossing 6th, it was just what the doctor ordered to seal the Mallory Championship for Point Loma High School!

Hosting the Mallory was no simple feat. Literally a year of preparation went into making this event a success and a wide variety of members were involved. Not insignificantly, SDYC also hosted the Pacific Coast Championship just two weeks before the Mallory, which proved to be a great warm-up. Big thanks to Regatta Chair Danielle Richards for all of her many efforts. John and Lisa Reiter also took on many critical tasks, with John spearheading the complex logistics of staging from the B Street Pier, and Lisa leading registration. Carrie Schluter handled trophies, and Bob Vincent led the daunting effort of getting the floating rotation dock installed after its trip from Shelter Island. S/C Bill Campbell and his team did an amazing job with on the water judging and protests, which is not to be taken lightly in this highly-pressurized championship. A long list of additional volunteers were present daily to turn this vision into reality.

Big thanks to everyone at SDYC who made this impressive regatta a success and congratulations to Coach Steve Hunt and the entire PLHS Sailing Team on a hard-fought victory.

Team SDYC at the Orange Bowl Regatta

It was a quick turnaround for SDYC Juniors following Christmas day as our top competitors headed to Miami, FL for the annual Orange Bowl Regatta! This event is a traditional pilgrimage for junior sailors across the country and features over 700 sailors racing a variety of classes! SDYC had sailors competing in the C420, Laser Full, Laser Radial, 29er and Optimist fleets. The regatta saw a variety of conditions with the constant passing of storm fronts throughout the four days of completion. The final day (Dec. 30th) was canceled due to a lack of breeze, so results were intact after Dec. 29th. San Diego Juniors finished up with some fantastic results including Scott Sinks/Rebecca McElvain (2nd of 102 C420) narrowly missing the overall C420 victory in what was a battle with the eventual winner. Richard Didham battled hard and remained consistent to take (2nd of 20 Laser Full Rigs). Other stand out results include: Andy Reiter/Charlie Miller (7th of 102 C420), Will La Dow/Holley Toppa (12th of 102, C420), Max Brill/Zach Malcolm (6th of 21, 29er)! Awesome job to all who went and competed, you guys rock!

SDYC Junior Invitational Tune-Up Sabot Clinic - Thursday/Friday, January 2-3

  • In addition to/in allude of Afterschool Practice we will be hosting a Tune-Up Clinic in preparation for the Jr. Invite!
  • The clinic will run from noon-4:00ish each day
  • Returning guest alumni coaches
  • Come on down either both or one day!
  • The schedule should look something like this:
    • Clinic Schedule:
    • Noon-12:45: Arrive and rig
    • 12:45-1:00: Briefing
    • 1:00-3:30: on the water
    • 3:30-4:00: Derig
    • 4:00-4:30: Debrief

2014 Junior Board Election Results

Congratulations to the newly elected 2014 Junior Board of Directors! This is a wonderful group of young leaders, so I think we can all expect big things next year!

Clayton Schluter
  Matt Dorgan
Laser Captain
Jesse McKnight
Vice Commodore
  Jack Egan
A Fleet Captain
Amanda Majernik
  Millie Dorgan
B Fleet Captain
Cole Harris
C420 Captain
  Piper Holthus
C Fleet Captain


Dutch Shoe Marathon

Results are posted! Congratulations to the 160+ finishers.

A Fleet Winner: Max Brill, MBYC
B Fleet Winners: David Wood, BYC
C Fleet Winner: Joshua Means, BCYC
Senior Fleet Winner: Hans Henken, CYC

Point Loma High School Sailing Team Does It Again!

SDYC-based Point Loma High School Sailing Team defended its title as ISSA Team Race National Champions this past weekend in Davis Island, Florida. Twelve high schools from around the country competed over Memorial Day weekend for the coveted Baker trophy. Point Loma finished Saturday's qualifying round-robin undefeated with a record of 11-0. Sunday's final round robin left the door open for competition as the top 4 teams sailed each other twice with scores carrying over. The final race pitted Point Loma against the Antilles school from the US Virgin Islands in a race which if Antilles won would force a tie-breaker round to determine the overall victor. Point Loma persisted to win this race with a 1,2,4 combination taking home the crown of 2013 Team Race National Champions! A huge congratulations to the PLHS Sailing Team and Coach Steve Hunt on their win!


SDYC Junior Sailing
1011 Anchorage Lane
San Diego, CA 92106
Junior Director: John Fretwell