2018 BYC Race Team – Information



About the Team

The BYC Race Team is for sailors looking to take that next step into competitive racing. The Race Team consists of the Opti Race Team and the Advanced Race Team. The race team practices and races during the summer out of the Bellingham Yacht Club on Bellingham Bay. The team travels to regattas around the northwest and country competing in high performance races.

One of the goals of the Advanced Race Team will be to encourage competitive sailors to race multiple types of sailboats. The BYC is committed to this goal by providing FJs, Lasers, 29ers, J24s, and Etchells for Advanced Race Team Practices.

Practice Days

Summer practice is a six-week program starting June 18th. Practice dates and times vary by boat type as follows:

  • Opti – Two 3-hour practice days a week held on Wednesday and Friday from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m (be there at 12:30 p.m. to rig boats and warm up)
  • FJ – Two 3-hour practice days a week held on Monday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m (be there at 3:30 p.m. to rig boats and warm up)
  • Laser – Two 3-hour practice days a week held on Monday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m Monday and Thursday (be there at 12:00 p.m. to rig boats and warm up)

Advanced Team Boats


Opti Team Boats



All sailors are welcome to join the BYC Race Team provided they have completed at least two weeks of Learn-to-Sail class at either the WWU Lakewood Facility or Bellingham Yacht Club and space is available.


We have restructured our team memberships this year to provide a variety of levels of membership. Click here to view the different levels and pricing options.


We realize that sailing is not the least expensive sport in which to participate. Scholarships are available to those who qualify by being on the Free-Reduced Lunch Program through the schools. Please contact us if you qualify and pass this information to anyone who may be interested. We don’t want to turn anyone away from the sport because of financial burdens, so please let us know if you need help financially.

Required Gear

GearWe require all race team sailors (Opti Team and Advanced Team) to have a Type III Coastguard approved lifejacket, a whistle on their life jacket and a wetsuit. There will be days when we will require a wetsuit or you won’t be able to sail. We strongly encourage proper gear, such as gloves, booties, and no cotton. West Coast Sailing offers high school students 15% off gear, and free shipping. If you are unsure as which style/type or brands of gear to chose, please ask us what gear we recommend. For more information on what gear to get, visit our Gear Page.