Welcome to Sarasota Youth Sailing’s Race Team Season! Sarasota Youth Sailing’s Year Round Racing Program runs during the Sarasota and Manatee County school years. Sailors as young as eight who have completed Opti Level 2, or an equivalent, are welcome to join our beginning team called Green Fleet, and all other sailors are welcome to register for within their respective teams with guidance. Please note that registering as a SYS Race Team participant is a commitment to the sport of sailing and a commitment to SYS’s Race Team policies and procedures.
The fall season runs August 22nd – December 12th , and the spring January 16th to May 8th. SYS will set the sponsored regatta calendar, with some fleets traveling out of state when needed.
SYS Race Team participants are expected to maintain current balances for the duration of the entire season. All regatta coaching fees, and any additional fees, must be paid on time in order to remain in good standing.
Optimist Team Green Fleet
While the main focus of Green Fleet is racing, there is also a healthy component of fun involved with a strong emphasis on team building and sportsmanship. Regattas are outlined within the Parent Handbook and the required regattas are highlighted, with all other regattas being optional. A minimum of five sailors is required for SYS to sponsor the regatta with coach support. Some sailors choose to attend all events, others only choose to attend the required regattas.
Cost: $685/season + $150 boat charter fee (if chartering SYS boat). $60 regatta fees are charged to each sailor per day/per regatta for all sponsored regattas.
Optimist Team Red, White, and Blue
Optimist Red, White and Blue (RWB) racing is for those students who are interested in the highest level of competition. This curriculum is geared towards improving racing tactics, boat handling, and knowledge of the rules. Sailors receive intensive, individual coaching, and also learn to work together as a team. On-land chalk talks, and on-the-water drills are a regular part of instruction.
Cost: $785/season; $60 regatta fees are charged to each sailor per day/per regatta for all sponsored regattas.
High School Race Team
The Sarasota Youth Sailing High School Sailing Program is for sailors in grades 8-12 who want to sharpen their sailing skills. Throughout the school year, participants in the program must attend weekly practices at SYS and participate in the SAISA HS competitions.
Cost: $535/season for 9-12 graders; 8th grade sailing only option for $185.
Club 420 Racing
The C420 Racing Program provides sailors the opportunity to develop teamwork skills while competing at the highest level. Building on the skills learned in other racing classes, 420 sailors work on improving their sail trim and boat speed while working on the best ways to make the boat move in different conditions. Sailors receive on-shore chalk talks in preparation for on-the-water drills to show how to improve technique.
Cost: $1060/season + $175 boat charter fee + $100 refundable loss and damage deposit. $60 regatta fees are charged to each sailor per day.
Laser Race Team
The Laser Racing Program gives sailors using all three different size Laser sails (Full Rig, Radial and 4.7) instruction in tactics, boat handling and proper sail trim. Building on the skills learned in other racing classes, laser sailors work on improving their sail trim and boat speed while working on the best ways to make the boat move in different conditions. Sailors receive on-shore chalk talks in preparation for on-the-water drills to show how to improve technique.
Cost: $785/season $60 regatta fees are charged to each sailor per day for all sponsored regattas.
All sailors interested in being on the Multihull team must fill out an application. You must also be active in another race team at SYS(Lasers, 420s or High School).
Cost: $1115 + $285 boat charter + $400 refundable damage deposit. There will be a $60/day per sailor regatta fee for all regattas not at SYS.
New this year the O’Pen Bic Racing Team will balance fun and racing. During practice, the team will continue to work on the basics of sailing and racing while also exploring the bay and having fun. Sailors work on boat control, developing boat speed, maneuvering, and sailing around a course. They practice all the points of sail by tacking, jibing, and rounding marks. They also learn some Bic specific racing strategies such as dry capsizing and standing while racing.
Cost: $450/season + $100 boat charter fee.