SDYC Junior sailors, parents and coaches are used to a busy year-round schedule. But even with double and triple-header weekends occurring throughout the calendar, nothing compares to July. In addition to being the heart of the Summer Program, July sees 18 regattas right in So Cal, not to mention more distant possibilities! Here’s a quick guide to help you thrive through the biggest month on the water:
The San Diego Yacht Club will host the 47th Dutch Shoe Marathon on July 22nd, a race for Junior Sailors from San Diego Yacht Club to Coronado Yacht Club, all done in a sabot sailboat. This year the Dutch Shoe Marathon partners with Race for Rady as a fundraiser for The Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.
Wounded warriors from all over the country are gathering in San Diego to experience a different type of basic training. They’re setting sail towards improving their lives. The Warrior Sailing program is building relationships and eliminating barriers as wounded, ill and injured service members of all military branches are put to the test and developing new skills.
Congratulations to SDYC's Nevin Snow, winner of back-to-back the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year Award! Snow led the Georgetown University sailing team to the Gill Coed National Championship in San Diego.
Starting Tuesday, May 24, the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) kicks off its National Championship which will continue until Saturday, June 4. All spectators- family, friends, alumni and others- are invited to cheer on over forty-five college teams as they compete in the San Diego Bay off the B Street and Broadway Piers in downtown San Diego.
SDYC hosted the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) Championships in April. Friday and Saturday 11 teams sailed in the 80th Anniversary PCCSC Coed Championship and Sunday 6 teams fought for 2 spots for the Team Race Nationals, also here at the end of May.
Canadians, Guatemalans and Americans descended upon Clearwater Florida for the 2016 Laser Midwinters East Championship. This major regatta attracted the best from North America, with 100 entrees in the radial fleet; racing was going to be tight. The forecast only added to this prediction.
In February I competed in Laser Midwinters East which is a regatta held off the coast of Clearwater, FL. I sailed in the Laser Radial class in yellow. There were two groups in the beginning, blue and yellow, because of the large number of boats. Even with a split in the fleet, there were still at least 50 boats on the line at once.
This past weekend I went to St. Petersburg, Florida for the annual Optimist Dinghy Exchange. We had a clinic on Friday to prepare for the Valentine’s Day Regatta, which was held on Saturday and Sunday. We had a fun weekend of sailing all lined up.
On Christmas night, my crew Tanner and I boarded the plane and flew to Miami for the Orange Bowl Regatta. The flight went as planned arriving on time and leaving as scheduled, making for a smooth flight. By the time we arrived it was already the morning in Florida, so we checked into our hotel and got a few hours of sleep before heading down to the venue to pick up our charter boat.