Summer Sailing Survey

Hello SDYC Summer Sailing Families,

As we close out the final couple weeks of summer, the Junior Program would like your feedback. This summer we had our largest enrollment in Summer Sailing ever! Many sailors worked very hard to develop their skills over the past three months, and we're hoping to continue this momentum into the Fall sailing season. We are offering robust After School and High School Sailing Programs to prepare for a busy race calendar.

Sailing is one of the most complex and challenging sports your family can pursue. Sailing requires a significant amount of time and effort to become proficient, and there are a host of challenges including boat ownership, scheduling, and travel logistics. Our job is to make that pursuit easier and the Junior Activities Committee (JAC) and Junior Sailing office would like your feedback.

We have prepared a simple survey for participants of the 2014 Summer Sailing Program to help us gauge your satisfaction and our progress. The survey is completely anonymous. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with feedback. The survey consists of several multiple choice questions, and a comments field. Like boats, every experience is unique! We will incorporate your feedback into our planning for future sessions.

If you had multiple sailors enrolled this summer, congratulations and thank you! There is no need to complete the survey multiple times. Simply answer each question as it pertains to your family experience, indicate classes attended, and feel free to elaborate as desired.

Please click here to participate in our
Summer 2014 Survey.

Thank you!

Steve Harris
Junior Activities Committee Chairman

John Fretwell
Junior Sailing Director


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

 


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!

Results

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
Commodore
  Matt Dorgan
Laser Captain
Jesse McKnight
Vice Commodore
  Jack Egan
A Fleet Captain
Amanda Majernik
Secretary
  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!

RESULTS

 
SDYC Junior Sailing
1011 Anchorage Lane
San Diego, CA 92106
Junior Director: John Fretwell
619.758.6320
juniors@sdyc.org