BYC Race Team

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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.

Advanced Team Boats

Boats

Opti Team Boats

Opti

Sailors

All sailors are welcome to be on 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.

Cost

The team fee is $300. Included with the team fee is coaching, a youth BYC membership, and free use of BYC boats on Tuesday night races.

Scholarships

We realize that sailing is not the cheapest sport. 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

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. westcoastsailing.com offers high school students 15% off gear, and free shipping. Please ask us or your fellow sailors what gear we recommend if you have any questions. For more information on what gear to get, visit our Gear Page.

Gear

Advanced Race Team Practices

Practices are 2 times per week during the summer from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Practices start the first week after school ends and end the week before school begins. Practices are held at the Bellingham Yacht Club on Bellingham Bay. The Advanced Team will practice in 29ers, FJs, Lasers, J24s, and Etchells

First Practice – June 20, 2016

Last Practice – Aug 18, 2016

Opti Race Team Practices

Practices are 2 times per week during the summer from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Sailors need to arrive at 4:00 to rig boats & warm up. The BYC Opti race team will sail out of Zuanich Pt. park in our fleet of 16 Optimist sailboats. Practices will be composed of two fleets, green and gold. Green fleet is for sailors who can single hand an Optimist sailboat but are just getting into racing for the first time. Gold fleet is for sailors who have at least one year of racing experience in the youth circuit. Sailors between the ages of 7 and 15 are welcome! Racing starts June 22nd and runs through the end of August.

First Practice – June 20, 2016

Last Practice – TBD

Typical Opti Team Practice:

Sailors are expected to show up at 4:00 dressed and ready to sail. We will rig boats and at 4:30 there will be an on-land chalk talk and then we will head out on the water for practice. We will return to the dock at 6:40 to debrief and de-rigg, with practice ending at 7:00. Sailors are expected to bring their own gear/PFDs for practice. Wet suits are required. Please make sure sailors are fed before practice and that they have a water bottle available during sailing. Please check the weather before practice to insure proper clothing.

Regattas

Being a part of either the Advanced Race Team or Opti Race Team includes traveling to different regional and national regattas for racing. Advanced Team Regattas will occasionally take place in Canada which will require a passport or enhanced drivers license for border crossing. Opti Regattas usually involve an overnight at each location as a team. We will offer coaching at regattas as well as coordination of sailing equipment for travel. Parent help is welcome for coordinating sailor transportation, chaperoning and housing.

Advanced Team Regatta Schedule

Steve Williams- Portland, OR (June 25-26)

WIND- Cascade locks, OR (July 9-10)

Orcas- Orcas, WA (July 30-31)

Bellingham Youth- Bellingham, WA (August 5-6)

Junior Olympics- Seattle, WA (August 20-21)

Opti Team Regatta Schedule

Steve Williams- Portland, OR (June 25-26)

WAVES- Vancouver BC (July 1-3)

WIND- Cascade locks, OR (July 9-10)

Orcas- Orcas, WA (July 30-31)

Bellingham Youth- Bellingham, WA (August 5-6)

Junior Olympics- Seattle, WA (August 20-21)

JAM- Bainbridge, WA (September 10-11)

Octoberfest- Seattle, WA (September 24-25)

Opti team: please fill out the regatta sign up located HERE

NOTE: All entry fees, lodging, and travel costs are NOT included in team fees.