Junior Invitational Regatta


Hosted by the Junior Board, the Junior Invitational Regatta is one of SDYC’s strongest and longest-running traditions. While the 2015 edition may not go on the books as the most exciting ever, Junior Commodore Jesse McKnight and his team did an excellent job working with some patently atypical conditions, getting just enough racing achieved to comprise a regatta, and making sure plenty of good food and fun was on hand to complete the experience.

This year's Junior Invite saw 89 competitors, sailing in seven different divisions. While keeping the tradition of a singlehanded competition, over the past few years Senior Sabots have been added to the mix for La Playa, and more recently, Lasers and Radials on a Bay course. This year’s Senior turnout was moderate, but it’s a testament to both the Naples Sabot, and our sport in general, that sailors of all ages can enjoy racing together. In fact, this year Seniors and Jr. B Fleeters shared a start!


Jesse McKnight Named SDAYC Paul Hartley Memorial Junior Yachtsman of the Year

The good news just keeps coming! Congratulations to Junior Vice Commodore Jesse Dalton McKnight who was just named the SDAYC Paul Hartley Memorial Junior Yachtsman of the Year! Jesse joins a laudable list of the finest city's most accomplished young leaders and competitors, truly a deserving member of that roster, and a fine ambassador for SDYC!


Keelboat 101 Clinic - Entry Form

January 2nd 2015,  SDYC Juniors is hosting a Keelboat 101 Clinic in an effort to introduce junior sailors to keelboat racing.  The aim is to get juniors more involved in match racing and keelboat fleet racing.  Target events following completion of the clinic include: SODA Match Race Regattas, Dave Perry's Match Race Clinigatta, the Sears Cup, Governors Cup and more.


  • General overview of keelboat sailing. How it differs from dinghy sailing.
  • Crew roles
  • Communication
  • Spinnaker work


  • Enrollment in 7th grade or higher


  • $40/SDYC members
  • $53/non SDYC members


  • Nick Kaschak, SDYC Head Coach
  • Nevin Snow, 2x ICSA Match Race National Champ, World University Match Race Champ
  • AJ Reiter, 2x ICSA Match Race National Champ, World University Match Race Champ


  • 10:00 AM Arrival
  • 10:00-11:30 AM Chalk Talk
  • 11:30-12:00 PM Rigging
  • 12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 PM Sailing
  • 3:30-4:00 PM Derigging
  • 4:00-5:00 PM Video Debrief

*Sailors may sign up as a complete team of (4) or sign up solo and teams will be constructed at the beginning of the Clinic*

Happy Thanksgiving from SDYC Junior Sailing!

I hope everyone is savoring food, fun, friends, and family time! And getting on the water too!

Team SDYC's Junior Trophy Dinner will be held next Friday, December 5th. All active racers and their families won't want to miss this annual favorite, and Beginning/Intermediate Sabot sailors are cordially invited for a preview of their sailing future. Please make your reservations online today!

Afterschool Sailing has a short break, with no classes on Friday after Thanksgiving, or on December 5th, due to the Trophy Dinner. However, well get right back in the swing of things with practice resuming on Dec. 12th , including C420 practice for the Perry Series, and Sabot training for our flagship Junior Invitational Regatta in January. Then, on December 19th, we’ll hold our famous Winter Solstice night sailing session, with light sticks, hot chocolate, and Christmas fun!

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


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