Race Team Course Descriptions
For decades, the Erie Yacht Club has provided young sailors with the opportunity to participate in one of the most competitive racing programs on the Great Lakes. Acceptance
into the program is based upon prior sailing experience and merit. Sailors must have participated in the “420 Learn to Sail” program and have proven skills necessary to race. Our 2017 program will feature both travel and local racing opportunities. Each venue will provide an exciting racing experience. This season we have developed a more extensive local racing protocol which will include awards as well as other incentives for those not participating in an out of town event.
Opti Race Team
The 8 week Opti racing program is designed to build upon the basic sailing and rudimentary racing skills learned in our day classes. The focus of the Opti curriculum is to improve sailors’ boat-handling skills and racing rules knowledge. Throughout the summer our Opti sailors will learn about small boat racing, including tactics during a race. These sailors will be exposed to a strong team atmosphere in which sportsmanship is emphasized in all activities. The Opti team members are strongly encouraged to sail in the annual Eriegatta at the Erie Yacht Club and are also encouraged to travel to any I-LYA regattas that the team is participating in, should the coach deem them ready to race.
Wednesday Evening 6:15PM- Sundown & All Day Friday 9AM-4PM
Class size is limited to 10
Local Race Team
Sailors that have participated in the 420 “Learn to Sail” day program and have achieved the “skipper” rating are permitted to sail in the 9 week local race team program on the 420. The focus of this program is to build sailing knowledge in a progressive racing curriculum. All members of the local Reyburn Race Team will have the opportunity to compete in weekly local races. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of each race week. The season will conclude with the winning team presented with a trophy and each a $500.00 scholarship. Local Race Team sailors also have the opportunity to demonstrate their sailing skills to the coaches and to potentially qualify for the Travel Team. All Local Race Team members are encouraged to participate in the annual Eriegatta held at EYC in August of each year.
Tues/ Thurs 4:30PM-Sundown
Local Race Team is limited to 20 Students
Travel Race Team
Sailors must have raced on the Local Race Team and been recommended to participate in the Travel Race Team by their coaches. The 420 Travel Race team will practice during the week and travel on weekends. Formed in 1998, the I-LYA Junior Traveler Series is a summer-long series of regattas hosted by I-LYA member clubs throughout our region. The intent of the Traveler Series is to offer increased opportunities to sail and improve the competiveness of our junior sailors throughout the I-LYA. One-day regattas are held weekly throughout the season. The summer race schedule will consist of no less than 8 regattas, each venue will provide an exciting and competitive racing experience. Included in the schedule is the Annual I-LYA Bay Week Regatta at Put-In-Bay, Ohio. Boats are provided for the sailors by our Club or the sailors own boat. Sailors interested in racing Lasers must provide their own boats. Parental chaperones and additional expenses for travel to regattas will apply.
Travel Race Team is Limited to 12 Students
Lasers limited to 5 students