Race Teams

  • Optimist
    • Optimist Race Team

      Online Registration must be completed and all forms on the left must be filled out and returned to the Youth Office for the 2017 Optimist Race Team 2017 Race Team Registration

      Race Team Schedule

      Sunday Practice Signup
      Wednesday Practice Signup
      Regatta Signup (Regatta registration must be completed through each regatta host)

      Helpful Information

      Opti Calendar

      Opti Skills Report form

      Equipment for Opti Sailing

      Opti Green coaching aid 

      **Order SFYC Race Team Gear Here**

      The 2017 Roster - coming soon 2016 Race Team Award Winners

      2017 SFYC Optimist Race Team

      The San Francisco Yacht Club has the largest optimist racing team on the West Coast and one of the biggest in the country. As young Opti sailors progress and become interested in high-level racing, they may be invited to join our Opti Race Team. The Opti Race Team is a yearly commitment of $2400 that can be paid monthly in $200 increments. SFYC will provide coaching at all events on the youth calendar as appropriate. A minimum of 5 sailors must attend each regatta for SFYC support. Team members must use SFYC coaching at SFYC supported events and are not to hire private coaches. The Team events and support are outlined below.

      Your $200 monthly commitment covers:

      Boat Storage – a spot on one of the SFYC racks. SFYC Youth Director will assign the spots. Sailors are expected to customize and add padding to their assigned spot. Only your boat should be stored in its spot, no rigs, sails, blades, or dollies should be stored on the youth dock.

      Bay Area & California Optimist events:

      1. Boat transportation and ‘on the water’ coaching at the following 4 events:
        • Harken #1 at California Yacht Club, SoCal
        • Harken #2 at The San Francisco Yacht Club
        • Harken #3 at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, SoCal
        • Harken #4 at St. Francis Yacht Club (“The Heavy Weather Regatta”)
      2. All Bay Area Opti clinics and practices, prior to regattas, when available.
      3. All practices with coaching at the SFYC on the youth opti calendar.
      4. On the water support and trailer driving to local Opti events (BAYS/Winter Series) when they do not conflict with events listed above.

      Support at the following 7 state & national events:
      *Rotational Regattas/2017 venue/dates below:

      • USODA Team Trials (Summer Team Qualifier) – Brant Beach Yacht Club (May 10-14)
      • USODA Nationals – ODU Sailing Center, VA (July 24-August 03)
      • USODA Northwest Championship – Bellingham Yacht Club, WA (August 19-20)
      • USODA West Coast Championship –TBD (August 06-07)
      • USODA Pacific Coast Championship –The San Francisco Yacht Club (August 26-27)
      • The Spring Team Qualifier (venue varies) (Oct/Nov)
      • Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta – Coral Reef Yacht Club, FL (Dec 27-30)

      Boat transportation and/or charters for these 7 regattas are NOT covered by SFYC, although trailer transportation may be provided at the sailors’ expense. There may be a $25-85/day coaching fee applied to these regattas when additional expenses are incurred.

      Your $200 monthly commitment does NOT cover:

      • Lodging at regattas
      • $25-85/day coaching fee for regattas outside the Bay Area unless otherwise noted.
      • Boat charter fees
      • Transportation of boats outside the Bay Area (Except Harken #1 and #3)
      • Registration fees for regattas
      • Support at additional regattas not listed above or on the youth calendar
      • International regattas, although practices before departure may be arranged
      • Specialty coaching prior to Spring Qualifier, Fall Qualifier and Nationals may have an additional charge.

      The San Francisco Yacht Club encourages Opti sailors to travel and race as much as possible. Expenses for major regattas not listed above need to be covered individually or through financial assistance from outside sources.

      Parent Participation – Fund Raising
      We expect all families to participate in our fundraising efforts. Our biggest fund raising effort this year will be a spring event with an auction. We ask for your participation in soliciting donations for this event.

      Parent Participation – Volunteer Hours
      We need ongoing help from ALL parents of the team. We ask that all team families help at Youth regattas that the SFYC hosts. In addition, we require all families to contribute twenty volunteer hours to help make our program successful. We have detailed descriptions of many of the ways you can help. If you have not signed up for a volunteer task, one will be assigned to you. Here are some of the ways that parents can make a valued contribution:

      • Join the Committee for our Spring Fund Raising event.
      • Be a Parent Volunteer at a SFYC hosted regatta.
      • Drive an Opti trailer or coach boat trailer to an away regatta.
      • Help coordinate travel accommodations for events like Team Trials, Nationals, WCCs, PCCs NWCs, the Spring Team Qualifier, etc.
      • Help develop other methods for better inter-parental communication.

      Class Membership
      SFYC strongly encourages all race team members to join both the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) and US Sailing. These memberships are required at many of the regattas we encourage you to sail in. Membership supports American sailing on many levels.

      Information Sources

      SFYC youth page & calendar: www.sfyc.org/youth
      Belvedere Cove Foundation: www.belvederecovefoundation.com
      BAYS: www.bayarea-youthsailing.com
      US Optimist Dinghy Association: www.usoda.org
      US Sailing: www.ussailing.org

      SFYC Private Practice Policy

      The San Francisco Yacht Club advocates safe and organized practice for its Junior and Race Team members. To ensure these goals, the following policy has been approved and must be followed when practicing out of SFYC. All organized youth practices must be approved by the SFYC Youth Director in advance and in writing (email is ok). This includes all practices involving a guest coach, any youth guests, groups of four or more junior members, and guest teams from visiting clubs. Allowed Exceptions:
      • For kids 14 years or younger, an adult SFYC member may supervise practices of three or fewer youths, provided all the youths are junior  members. Advance notice to the Youth Director is required (email is ok)
      • Youth members 15 years or older may practice on their own. Advance notice to the Youth Director is required (email is ok).
  • Laser
    • 2017 SFYC Laser Race Team

      Online Registration must be completed and all forms on the left must be filled out and returned to the Youth Office for the 2017 Laser Race Team
      Online Registration

      2016 on board video by Caleb Yoslov

      2016 Race Team Schedule
      Check the Race Teams Google Calendar 
      Practice Sign-Up 
      Regatta Sign-Up (Regatta registration must be completed through each regatta host)

      **Order SFYC Race Team Gear Here**

      Helpful Information
      Laser Gear and Rigging Recommendations

      The 2017 Roster - coming soon
      2016 Race Team Award Winners

      2017 SFYC Laser Race Team Information

      The San Francisco Yacht Club has one of the most competitive laser racing teams on the West Coast. As young sailors age out of the Opti they may become interested in the highly competitive laser class. The Laser Race Team is a yearly commitment of $2400 that can be paid in monthly installments of $200. SFYC will provide coaching at all events on the youth calendar as appropriate. A minimum of 3 sailors must attend each regatta for SFYC support. Team members must use SFYC coaching at SFYC supported events and are not to hire private coaches. The Team events and support are outlined below.

      Your $200 monthly commitment covers:
      Boat Storage – A spot at SFYC. The SFYC Youth Director will assign spots and boats must be stored in designated areas (no boats stored on Youth Dock).

      Annual Laser Regattas:

      1. On-the-water coaching at the following events, provided enough sailors attend:
        • Laser Midwinters East (Jan)
        • St. Francis Dinghy events (Mar/May/Oct)
        • Laser Midwinters West (Mar)
        • Laser Nationals – Venue varies (Jun)
        • Laser PCCs – Venue varies (Jul)
        • Laser North Americans – Venue varies (Jul)
        • Ullman/Frost Series (Feb/Mar/Aug/Nov)
      2. All practices with coaching at The SFYC on the youth calendar and prior to above regattas when available and appropriate.
      3. On the water support and trailer driving to local Laser events such as BAYS regattas when they do not conflict with events listed above.

      * There may be a $25-$75/day coaching fee and $100 trailer fee applied to non-Bay Area regattas when additional expenses are incurred.

      Your $200 monthly commitment does NOT cover:

      • Lodging at regattas
      • $25-$75/day coaching fee for regattas outside the Bay Area depending on overall costs
      • $75 fee for occasional Sunday practices for advanced group
      • Boat charter fees
      • $100 for transportation of boats to SoCal
      • Split trailer expense fee to events outside of California
      • Registration fees for regattas
      • Support at additional regattas not listed above or on the youth calendar
      • International regattas, although practices before departure may be arranged
      • Specialty coaching at specialty regattas not listed above

      The San Francisco Yacht Club encourages Laser sailors to travel and race as much as possible. Expenses for major regattas not listed above need to be covered individually or through financial assistance from outside sources.

      The SFYC will not trailer to events not held on the West Coast and can forfeit trailer support to any event at their discretion.

      Parent Participation – Fund Raising
      We expect all families to participate in our fundraising efforts. Our biggest fund raising effort each year is the Belvedere Cove Foundation Auction and Dinner hosted at The SFYC in the spring. Information will be provided as the event nears, we ask all youth families to help solicit donations for the event.

      Parent Participation – Volunteer
      We need ongoing help from ALL parents of the team. Here are some of the ways that parents can make a valued contribution.

      • Join the Committee for our Spring Fund Raising event.
      • Be a Parent Volunteer at a SFYC hosted regatta.
      • Drive a Laser trailer or coach boat trailer to an away regatta.
      • Help coordinate team travel accommodations.
      • Help develop other methods for better inter-parental communication.


      Information Sources

      SFYC youth racing calendar: www.sfyc.org
      Belvedere Cove Foundation: www.belvederecovefoundation.com
      BAYS: www.bayarea-youthsailing.com
      US Sailing: www.ussailing.org

      SFYC Private Practice Policy

      The San Francisco Yacht Club advocates safe and organized practice for its Junior and Race Team members. To ensure these goals, the following policy has been approved and must be followed when practicing out of SFYC. All organized youth practices must be approved by the SFYC Youth Director in advance and in writing (email is ok). This includes all practices involving a guest coach, any youth guests, groups of four or more junior members, and guest teams from visiting clubs. Allowed Exceptions:

      • For kids 14 years or younger, an adult SFYC member may supervise practices of three or fewer youths, provided all the youths are junior members. Advance notice to the Youth Director is required (email is ok)
      • Youth members 15 years or older may practice on their own. Advance notice to the Youth Director is required (email is ok).
  • C420
    • 2017 SFYC C420 Race Team

      Online Registration must be completed and all forms on the left must be filled out and returned to the Youth Office for the 2016 C420 Race Team
      Race Team Registration

      Upcoming Events/Clinics

      BAYS C420 Clinic #1 @ SFYC

      2017 Race Team Schedule
      Check the Race Teams Google Calendar
      Practice Sign-Up
      Regatta Sign-Up (Regatta registration must be completed through each regatta host)

      Helpful Information

      C420 Calendar (COMING SOON)
      Gear List (COMING SOON)
      **Order SFYC Race Team Gear Here**

      The 2016 Roster - coming soon

      2016 Race Team Award Winners

      2017 SFYC C420 Race Team Information

      The San Francisco Yacht Club C420 team consists of, but is not limited to, sailors from SFYC’s other youth racing programs. Ample dinghy racing experience is required to join the team. Our goal is to create a top-level, double-handed sailing team where the sailors – representing The San Francisco Yacht Club – work together in a culture of trust, commitment, continuous self-improvement, and excellence.

      A competitive practice and regatta schedule will be the emphasis. Pairs will be developed to achieve productive practices and competitive regatta results. The regatta schedule may evolve according to team members’ developments, motivations, and achievements.

      We expect members to be fully dedicated and committed to the Team’s practice and regatta schedule. Sailing is a sport full of tradition and the potential to make friends who will last a lifetime through respectable competition.

      The C420 Race Team is a yearly commitment of $2400 that can be paid in monthly installments of $200. SFYC will provide coaching at all events on the youth calendar as appropriate. A minimum of 2 teams must attend each regatta for SFYC support. You must tell the Head Coach of your intention to attend a regatta not listed on the calendar AT LEAST 3 weeks in advance if you want the event to be considered for SFYC support. Team members must use SFYC coaching at SFYC supported events and are not to hire private coaches. The Team events and support are outlined below.

      Your $200 monthly commitment covers:
      Boat Storage – A spot at SFYC. The SFYC Youth Director will assign spots and boats must be stored in designated areas (no boats stored on Youth Dock).

      Annual C420 Regattas:

      1. On-the-water coaching at the following events, provided enough sailors attend:
        • St. Francis Dinghy events (Mar/May/Oct)
        • Perry Series - SoCal (Jan/Feb/Sep/Dec)
        • C420 Midwinters – USSCMC, FL (March)
        • C420 Nationals – Venue varies (Jun)
        • C420 PCCs – Venue varies (Jul)
        • C420 North Americans – Venue varies (Jul)
        • Bemis Qualifier – Venue varies (Jun)
      2. All practices with coaching at The SFYC on the youth calendar and prior to above regattas when available and appropriate.
      3. On the water support and trailer driving to local Laser events such as BAYS regattas when they do not conflict with events listed above.

       * There may be a $25-$75/day coaching fee and $50/sailor trailer fee applied to non-Bay Area regattas when additional expenses are incurred.

      Your $200 monthly commitment does NOT cover:

      • Lodging at regattas
      • $25-$75/day coaching fee for regattas outside the Bay Area depending on overall costs
      • $75 fee for occasional Sunday practices for advanced group
      • Boat charter fees
      • $50/sailor for transportation of boats to SoCal
      • Split trailer expense fee to events outside of California
      • Registration fees for regattas
      • Support at additional regattas not listed above or on the youth calendar
      • International regattas, although practices before departure may be arranged
      • Specialty coaching at specialty regattas not listed above

      The San Francisco Yacht Club encourages 420 sailors to travel and race as much as possible. Expenses for major regattas not listed above need to be covered individually or through financial assistance from outside sources.

      The SFYC will not trailer to events not held on the West Coast and can forfeit trailer support to any event at their discretion.

      Parent Participation – Fund Raising
      We expect all families to participate in our fundraising efforts. Our biggest fund raising effort each year is the Belvedere Cove Foundation Auction and Dinner hosted at The SFYC in the spring. Information will be provided as the event nears, we ask all youth families to help solicit donations for the event.

      Parent Participation – Volunteer
      We need ongoing help from ALL parents of the team. Here are some of the ways that parents can make a valued contribution:

      • Join the Committee for our Spring Fund Raising event.
      • Be a Parent Volunteer at a SFYC hosted regatta.
      • Drive a C420 trailer or coach boat trailer to an away regatta.
      • Help coordinate team travel accommodations.
      • Help develop other methods for better inter-parental communication.

      Information Sources

      SFYC youth racing calendar: www.sfyc.org
      Belvedere Cove Foundation: www.belvederecovefoundation.com
      BAYS: www.bayarea-youthsailing.com
      US Sailing: www.ussailing.org

      SFYC Private Practice Policy The San Francisco Yacht Club advocates safe and organized practice for its Junior and Race Team members. To ensure these goals, the following policy has been approved and must be followed when practicing out of SFYC. All organized youth practices must be approved by the SFYC Youth Director in advance and in writing (email is ok). This includes all practices involving a guest coach, any youth guests, groups of four or more junior members, and guest teams from visiting clubs. Allowed Exceptions:

      • For kids 14 years or younger, an adult SFYC member may supervise practices of three or fewer youths, provided all the youths are junior members. Advance notice to the Youth Director is required (email is ok)
      • Youth members 15 years or older may practice on their own. Advance notice to the Youth Director is required (email is ok).
  • Keelboat
    • The SFYC keelboat team trains for match racing events as well as Sears Cup competition.

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