2021 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.
This year we are focusing on two boats, the Opti for younger racers and the FJ, which is a double-handed dinghy. However, we will also have Lasers available for single handed racing.
Opti Race Team
The Opti Race Team is a great way expand the knowledge of your young sailor. The Optimist is a one person dinghy that your child will learn to command on their own. Our coaches will teach the basics of racing and strategy setting our sailors up to compete in regattas. The Opti team will practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. First practice is Monday June 28th! We will try to attend as many regattas as possible this summer, dependent on which clubs are open and running summer programs.
FJ Race Team
The FJ Race Team is a great way for your high schooler to practice their racing skills, or take a first dive into competitive sailing. Flying Junior’s are two person dinghies that are raced at the high school and collegiate level. FJ race team will practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. First practice will be Monday June 28th! Lasers will be available to those who want to give them a try. Boats will be available free of charge for race team members to take out for Tuesday night racing. We will try to attend as many regattas as possible this summer, dependent on which clubs are open and running summer programs.
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.
Race team registration costs $450 per sailor and covers all summer practices, coaching during regattas, and boat rentals for Tuesday night sailing. Regatta registration and personal travel expenses are the responsibility of the sailor.
Scholarships are available through The Sailing Foundation. Visit the link below to apply.
Helpful information for registering for scholarships:
- Program Name: Bellingham Yacht Club Youth Race Team
- Program address: 2625 Harbor Loop Dr Bellingham WA 98225
- Program email: youthsailing@BYC.org
We 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.