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Northwest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC)

The Northwest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC) is a racing series put on by local clubs and sailing centers. The NWYRC is dedicated to providing youth with the opportunity to compete against junior sailors from other local programs. Sailors ages 8-19 who live in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia are encouraged to participate. There are typically seven regattas which make up the Summer Series. These regattas are designed to provide a positive regatta experience for novice-advanced racers. Friendly competition, camaraderie, and great hosts/venues make this series a good time for the whole family. Youth sailors participating in the Summer Series need to register with the NWYRC. It's a one time process and it's FREE!

CLICK HERE to join the NWYRC. More details in the 2021 NWYRC Notice of Series


2022 NWYRC Schedule

June 25-26, 2022 NWYRC Summer Kick-Off Regatta (Seattle, WA) ALL (Plus Area L Bemis/Smythe Quals) Event Website Notice of Race Results
July 11-14, 2022 WIND Clinic (Cascade Locks, OR) Lasers and Optis Registration Clinic Info  
July 16-17, 2022 WIND Regatta (Cascade Locks, OR) Lasers/Opti Champ Event Website Notice of Race Results
July 16-17, 2022 WSC Development Regatta (Portland, OR) Opti Green, FJs, Fevas Event Website Notice of Race Results
July 23-24, 2022 Ray Jarecki Youth Regatta (Orcas Island) Lasers, FJs, C420s Event Website  Notice of Race Results
July 30-31, 2022 Bellingham Youth Regatta (Bellingham, WA) All Fleets Event Website Notice of Race Results
Aug. 13-14 Johnny Adams Memorial Regatta - J.A.M (Bainbridge) All Fleets Event Website Notice of Race Results
Aug. 27-28. 2022 US Junior Olympics Festival (Seattle, WA) ALL (FJ= Doublehanded Dev. Class) Event Website Notice of Race Results
Sept. 10-11, 2022 Octoberfest (Seattle, WA) ALL Event Website Notice of Race Results

Click Here for Final 2021 Summer Series Standings 


COVID Impact Statement: We're all hoping for a gradual return to normalcy this summer, including the return of the NWYRC which was cancelled in 2020. The reality is there will likely be COVID-19 implications for the NWYRC. Hosts and series organizers will be working together to ensure that events are safe and comply with all relative guidance. Our return to play plan may modify aspects of the NWYRC from previous years. We are looking forward to seeing you all on the water again soon!

Qualifiers, Championships, and Other Popular Youth Events

Below are several regional and national level events that are historically popular with junior sailors from our region.  Although some of these events are in our own backyard, they are not part of the NWYRC. Some of these regattas require sailors to qualify, while other are open events. Traveling to new places and competing against sailors from other regions is a great way to elevate your game and make new friends!

US Sailing Regional Junior Women's Champs (Leiter/Ida Lewis)

June 25-27 @ Olympia Yacht Club

  • Regional Clinic (2 days)/Regatta (1-day) 
  • Coaching provided by US Sailing w/ support from area female coaches
  • Open to female C420 and Laser Radial sailors ages 13-18
  • No pre-qualification necessary
  • Registration Link: https://theclubspot.com/register/regatta/MMpFBSX0wd/class

ILCA North American Championships

July 14-18, 2021 @ St. Francis Yacht Club (SF Bay)

  • ​Open to Youth and Adults- No Qualification Necessary
  • Open to Laser Full Rig, Laser Radials, and Laser 4.7s 
  • Must be current members of the North American Laser Class Association

US Sailing Chubb Junior Championships

August 10-13, 2021 @ Marblehead, Mass

  • Smythe- Singlehanded discipline sailed in Laser Radials. Must qualify through Area L Qualifier. 
  • Bemis- Doublehanded discipline sailed in C420s. Must qualify through Area L Qualifier.
  • Sears- Nationals sailed by a crew of 4 in RS21. Must qualify through Area L Qualifier. Sears Quals Event Page
  • Eligibility- Sailors must have reached their 13th birthday, but may not turn 19 during the calendar year.

(Area L gets to send one team/sailor in each discipline above)

USODA Optimist Northwest Championships

August 14-15, 2021 @ Cascade Locks, OR

  • Team trials qualifier- top 20% receive invite
  • Sailors must be USODA class members and sail class legal equipment
  • There will be a clinic on Friday, Aug. 13. Racing Saturday and Sunday

*Dates subject to change. Updates will be made periodically. Check with host clubs/organizations for most up to date info