420 & Laser Racing

An advanced program focused on performance development and competitive tactics sailors ages 12-18. The perfect place for any hungry sailor who has taken camps or adventures and wants to go faster and compete in local races/regattas.

2week or 8 week sessions – Starting July 6, 2020

Schedule: 1pm – 4pm Monday through Friday

Program Cost: $350/student to $600/boat

Who should take this course?
This course is for sailors who have completed 6th-12th grade (12-17 years old), with some sailing experience that have expressed an interest in learning more advanced sailing skills like refining upwind technique, hiking, spinnaker, trapeze, and Laser sailing. Completing 420 Adventure, Optimist Racing, or a HS Sailing season are recommended before registering for these courses. C420 Skippers are encouraged to sign-up with a designated crew but sailors can also register as individual and be paired up with another student in the course.

How are the classes structured?
Racers will train under the racing rules of sailing for practice and will learn to compete in events with other sailors of their talent level in low key learning races. Advanced students will train in either Lasers or C420 sailboats (reserved by registration) and may switch for certain events. This course will hone each sailors individual talents through a focused look at techniques, tuning, racing rules, and strategy.

Where are the races?
Sailors are urged to participate in Western Michigan Youth Sailing Association(WMYSA) regattas held on Fridays at the various lakes throughout the summer. For qualified sailors, travel to out of state regattas is also available and encouraged. Tuition fees cover training at the sailing center and coaching at regattas. Fees for registration, travel, and additional regattas expenses are not included.

The WMYSA Championship Series schedule for 2020 will be as follows:

  • Friday, June 26 @ Macatawa Bay Yacht Club
  • Friday, July 10 @ Spring Lake Yacht Club
  • Friday, July 24 @ Muskegon Yacht Club
  • Friday, July 31 @ White Lake Yacht Club
  • Friday, Aug 9 at Muskegon Yacht Club

Do we need a boat?

All C420s will be provided for our courses, however Laser sailors need to register for the correct course to receive a boat. Boats will be provided for Laser sailors if registering for the (MBJA boat) option. If you have your own laser, please register for the (BYO boat) option and contact MBJA for storage fees. Again, C420 Skippers are encouraged to sign-up with a designated crew but sailors can also register as individual and be paired up with another student in the course.

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