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Email ysd@thesailingfoundation.org to join the email list about the winter youth sailing conferences and about youth sailing in the summer and/ or to join the email list to learn about Spring/ Fall youth sailing.


Pre Regatta Coach Meeting

For coaches that are on their first or second summer traveling to NWYRC events, we will be having a zoom meeting before each regatta. 
Tuesday, June 18th at 3pm FJ Frenzy on the Freshwater
Wednesday, June 26th at 3pm for Bellingham Youth Regatta
Tuesday, July 9th at 8pm for WIND and Ray Jarecki
Tuesday, August 6th at 3pm for J.A.M.
Wednesday, August 21st at 3pm for J.O.
Wednesday, September 4th at 3pm for Octoberfest

Going to a Regatta 101

Packing List:
  • Spare Parts
    • Tiller extension
    • Sail ties and preventer lines (for opti coaches)
    • Ring dings and pins
    • Spinnaker pole and spinnaker (for 420 coaches)
    • Bailer
    • Tow line
    • Dolly bolts
    • Sail Tape
  • Tools
    • Wrench
    • Knife
    • Lighter/ torch
    • Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
    • Plyers
    • Scissors
  • VHF Radio
  • Medical forms
  • Water refill solution
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Anchor & Line (in case of boat breakdown)
To-do Before leaving:
  • Send an email to sailors and parents
    • Where to go
    • Schedule, including arrival time to unload trailer and when and where the morning briefing will take place
    • What to do if they are sick or lost and aren’t arriving when they are expected to
    • When parents are needed to pick up sailors/ or how they will know the time
    • Chaperone expectations (parents on site or within X minutes of dock) - especially important for new sailors who might not make it the entire day
  • Gas up coach boat
  • Charge radio(s)
Before Racing:
  • Check the notice board for updates.
  • Attend the coaches meeting or safety briefing. 
  • Make sure the boats are rigged properly and have all the required safety equipment.
  • Make sure sailors have layers, water, and food.
  • Give sailors a few things to focus on.
  • Assess the racing conditions for each sailor’s level and decide if it is safe for them to be on the race course (this is different from sailing in class).
  • Provide a clear plan for your sailors to retire early (who will meet them on the dock and where & not to go back out without specific permission from a coach).
  • Communicate expectations between races to your sailors (meet with the coach boat, stay within X distance from the start line, etc).
After Racing:
  • Work with all coaches to get all boats ashore, assist in towing as necessary.
  • Make sure all your sailors are safely onshore before going on shore.
  • Check the notice board for updates and protest filings.
  • Debrief 1-3 points, unless they have questions and want to continue (but at some point release the group).
  • Ensure equipment is appropriately stowed in designated spaces.
  • Make sure sailors are rehydrating and eating.
  • Remind them of report time the next day.
  • Release sailors to their responsible adult.