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 2019 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

(Advanced Opti Sailors, ages 10-13)
Acceptance to the program is based upon prior sailing experience and merit. Sailors must have participated in the Opti day class.

MANDATORY Race Program Parent Orientation.

Wednesday evenings 6:15PM-sundown|Fridays 9AM-4PM
June 5-August 2

The 9-week Opti racing program is designed to build upon basic sailing and rudimentary racing skills learned in our day classes. The focus of the Opti racing curriculum improves sailors’ boat-handling skills and racing rules knowledge. Team members will learn racing course tactics and strategies in a collaborative environment in which sportsmanship is emphasized. Opti team members are strongly encouraged to sail in the annual Eriegatta at the Erie Yacht Club and to travel to I-LYA regattas in which the team is participating, should the coach deem them ready to race.

Cost: *$400
Class Size: 10 racers
(includes race team t-shirt and banquet admission for enrolled students)
Important Dates
MANDATORY Race Program Parent Orientation: Tuesday May 14th 6:30PM at Rickloff Community Boathouse
Eriegatta Regatta: Saturday June 15th
Junior Sailing Banquet: Tuesday August 6th 6PM

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420 / Laser Race Team

(Advanced 420 Sailors, ages 13-18)
Acceptance to the program is based upon prior sailing experience and merit. Sailors must have participated in the 420 day class.

MANDATORY Race Program Parent Orientation.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:30PM-sundown
May 24- August 1

The 9-week local 420/Laser 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 Junior Traveler Series is to offer increased opportunities to sail and improve competition among junior sailors. One-day regattas are held weekly throughout the season. The summer race schedule will consist of no less than eight regattas with each venue providing an exciting and competitive racing experience. Included in the schedule is the annual I-LYA Bay Week Regatta in Put-In-Bay, Ohio. Boats are provided for the sailors by our club or sailors may use their own boats. Additional expenses for travel to regattas will apply.

Parent participation is required. Parent participation including chaperoning at regattas is required for sailors to be a part of the travel race team. Prior to the start of the season, a mandatory parent orientation session will explain the details of the race team. Sailors of parents that do not attend will not be permitted to participate in the travel race team program.

Cost: $775
Class Size: 12
(includes race team t-shirt and banquet admission for enrolled students)
Important Dates
MANDATORY Race Program Parent Orientation: Thursday May 14th 6:30PM at Rickloff Community Boathouse
Eriegatta: Saturday June 15
Bay Week: Monday July 14-Thursday July 18 (no classes for 420 Travel Race Team held this week due to absence of coaches)
Junior Sailing Banquet: Tuesday August 6th 6PM

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Questions? Call Stacey Pfarr, Reyburn Committee Contact (814) 566-0199