Traveling to race or to attend a clinic is a great way to make yourself a better sailor. You improve by measuring yourself against, and getting tips from, top competition from other yacht clubs, and top coaches. Read on to learn more about 2014 travel racing and clinic opportunities for EYC Flying Scot sailors and junior sailors.
Flying Scot Midwest District Championship Regatta, June 27-29, Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Wilmette, IL www.sheridanshoreyachtclub.com/2014/04/24/flying-scot-midwest-districts-2014
Flying Scot North American Championship Regatta, July 19-25, Toms River Yacht Club, New Jersey www.fssa.com/Calendar%20Event/14957
Egyptian Cup, Carlyle Sailing Association, Carlyle, IL, August 29-31 www.csa-sailing.org
Glow in the Dark Regatta, Clinton Lake Sailing Association, September 26-28, Clinton, IL www.clsasailing.org
Remember, there is a new Flying Scot Midwest Travel Series Trophy. You must sail at least three of these events to be eligible: Eagle Creek Mayor’s Cup, Flying Scot Midwest District Championship, Ephraim Regatta, Egyptian Cup, Glow in the Dark. For more information about the Travel Series, see http://midwestflyingscot.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-midwest-district-launches-its-own.html
There are a lot of opportunities for EYC youth sailors to travel to compete or learn in 2014, in Optimists, Laser Radials, or Club 420s. At some regattas, charter boats may be available, or the regatta may be sailed in the host club’s fleet; but most of these regattas are BYOB. Some of these events are geared to beginner racers; others are for advanced juniors who are proficient with a Club 420 equipped with a trapeze and spinnaker. Your junior sailor might not yet be at a level to compete in some of these events, but even top-level events are something to aspire to for future years:
Neill Advanced 420 Clinic, June 12-14, Chicago Yacht Club. An advanced clinic for sailors who plan to compete at the college level, featuring top college coaches. Admission by application only. http://neilladvancedsailingclinic.com/
Area K qualification regatta for the US Sailing Junior triplehanded championship, June 28-29, Grand Traverse Yacht Club, Traverse City, Michigan. To be raced in Interlakes. This event probably will offer participants an Interlake to use as part of the regatta entry fee. Contact David Gerber firstname.lastname@example.org
Kazsube Cup, South Shore Yacht Club (Milwaukee), July 7-9. http://www.ssyc.org/
Area K Qualification Regatta for the US Sailing Junior singlehanded and doublehanded championships, July 9-12, Milwaukee Yacht Club. Laser Radials and Club 420s. http://championships.ussailing.org/Assets/Championships/USJrChamps/2014/Area+NOR/Area+K+single+doublehanded.pdf
Optimist Great Lakes Championship, Sheboygan Yacht Club, July 12-13 http://www.sailsheboygan.org/
No Guns, No Tears, No Protests Optimist Racing Clinic, Lake Beulah Yacht Club (Milwaukee), July 21. http://ilya.org/notice-of-race/optimist-no-tears-east-2014.html. An excellent clinic for beginner Optimist racers.
ILYA Optimist Dinghy Championship, July 27-29, Cedar Lake Yacht Club (Milwaukee). http://ilya.org/notice-of-race/optimist-dinghy-championship-2014.html. This regatta includes a “Green Fleet” for novice sailors.
US Sailing’s Chubb U.S. Junior Championships (regional qualification required): August 4 – 8, Grand Traverse Yacht Club, Traverse City, Michigan http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/ChubbJrChampionships.htm