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

(Advanced Opti Sailors, ages 10-13)

Wednesday evenings 6:15PM-sundown  |  Fridays 9AM-4PM  |  June 5-August 3

Acceptance to the program is based upon prior sailing experience and merit. Sailors must have participated in the Opti day class.

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.

Class size is limited to 10 racers.

Cost: *$400  (includes race team t-shirt and banquet admission for enrolled students)

Important Dates

MANDATORY Race Program Parent Orientation: Thursday May 31st 6:30PM at Rickloff Community Boathouse
Eriegatta Regatta: Saturday June 16th
Junior Sailing Banquet: Tuesday August 7th 6PM

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420 Program


420 Local Race Team

(Advanced 420 Sailors, ages 13-18)

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:30PM-sundown  |  June 5-August 2

Acceptance to the program is based upon prior sailing experience and merit. Sailors must have participated in the 420 day class.

The 9-week 420 local race team program is designed for sailors that have participated in the 420 day class and have achieved the rating of “skipper.” The focus of the 420 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.

Participants will compete in weekly local races with award flags presented at the conclusion of each race week. The season will conclude with presentation of a trophy and a $250 scholarship to the winning local race team members.

420 local race team sailors have the opportunity to demonstrate their sailing skills to the coaches and to potentially qualify for the 420 travel race team. Members are strongly encouraged to sail in the annual Eriegatta at the Erie Yacht Club.

Class size is limited to 20 racers.

Cost: *$575 (includes race team t-shirt and banquet admission for enrolled students)

Important Dates

Mandatory Race Program Parent Orientation: Thursday May 31 6:30PM at the Rickloff Commuity Boathouse
Eriegatta Regatta: Saturday June 16
Junior Sailing Banquet: Tuesday August 7 6PM

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420/Laser Travel Race Team

(Advanced 420 Sailors, ages 13-18)

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:30PM-sundown  |  June 5-August 2

Acceptance to the program is based upon prior sailing experience and merit. Sailors must have participated in the local 420 race team and be recommended for the travel race team by the sailing coaches.

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.

Travel race team size is limited to 12 racers.

Cost: *$575  (includes race team t-shirt and banquet admission for enrolled students)

Important Dates

MANDATORY Race Program Parent Orientation: Thursday May 31st 6:30PM at Rickloff Community Boathouse
Eriegatta: Saturday June 16
Bay Week: Monday July 16-Thursday July 19 (no classes for 420 Travel Race Team held this week due to absence of coaches)
Junior Sailing Banquet: Tuesday August 7th 6PM

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