Privateer Sailing Education Foundation
4713 Privateer Road
P.O. Box 1041
Hixson TN 37343  

                                   

 

ABOUT PYC JUNIOR RACE TEAM 

PURPOSE: To give young sailors interest in improving their skills a chance to get on the water and have fun doing so. Race Team members will be encouraged to become Sail Camp Counselors and Instructors. The reason Racing is used for continued education is the process of getting from point A to B as fast as possible involves total understanding of good sailing practices.

SOURCE OF RACERS:  Sail camp is the obvious place to solicit sailors to continue sailing education through racing.  We need to mention the race team in emails to parents and especially promote this opportunity during the Friday awards ceremony.  

COMMUNICATIONS:  It is very important that we keep frequent contact and news sent to the Race Team families.  We should at least for a time include all sail camp participants in hopes of picking up new members.  Facebook, a website as well as email.  Link to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/136547076947963/permalink/197847224151281/

INCLUSIVE:  The race team will be open to any sailor, regardless of ability.  Movement from beginner to advanced, or what is sometimes called the traveling team, will be based on ability. Some sailors may be encouraged to become 420 crew where they can learn from seasoned skippers.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP / PARENT INVOLVEMENT: At a bare minimum we will need a coordinator and a coach for the traveling team and the beginners.  Every effort should be made to get parents involved with boat rigging and even out on the water during practices.  The beginners will need 2 motor boats on the water while the traveling team can function with 1. Parents should not be encouraged to be members of PYC unless they truly have a desire to sail themselves. Team members are encouraged to become Junior members of PYC.

PRACTICES: We want to give the sailors as much opportunity to sail as possible. 

DURING SAIL CAMP: Tuesday evening there will be practice that campers can attend if interested. This will run for about 6 Tuesday sessions. We expect only those who really enjoy the sport will continue. The travelling team will be present and practice but separate from the beginners as the beginners will be basically learning to sail to windward. This beginning group will use the Optimists and Fusions depending on their physical size. There will be no charge for this introduction to racing.

FALL AND SPRING There will be a series of practices in preparation to attend regattas and other races.

OPPORTUNITY TO RACE: PYC has an underutilized Wed, Sat. Sunday race program.  With planning this can be another opportunity for youth to get out and sail as crew.

BOATS TO BE USED:  While the sail camp sailors are using the Opti’s and Fusions, the regattas they might attend will most likely include Opti’s, Lasers and 420’s. 

HAVING FUN: It is suggested that every practice include some sort of gathering after coming off the water. Pizza party, grilled hotdogs, a movie with popcorn, etc.  

TEAM FEES: There will be a small annual fee to help defray use of equipment, paying of coaches, etc. This fee will be assessed annually on September 1. Sail Camp Tuesday practices are free.

TEAM NAME:  The team will be under the umbrella of PSEF but the name could be PYC RACE TEAM.  

WHERE TO FIND IDEAS: A folder has been set up under our Drive “Youth Race Team” Its name is “Setting Up A Race Program” Spencer has filled this with useful information.

The following are the websites of successful race programs with spin off from summer camps.
Pewaukee Lake sailing school https://www.plss.org/,
Lake Geneva Sailing School http://www.glss.org/ ,  
Lake Forest Sailing lfrec@cityoflakeforest.com

For More information about the race team contact:

Samantha Travis: Samantha.Travis@live.com, 423 298 7147
Steve Sherman: Steve@optistuff.com, 423 432 6501

 

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