Laser Starting Clinic April 25-26 @ TCYC

Hey Texas Lasers!

GCYSA Laser Starting Clinic 4-25-26 2015.pdf
GCYSA is hosting a starting clinic April 25-26, the weekend before the GCC’s at TCYC May 2-3.  Please consider joining coaches Ryan Minth and Brendan Casey for a weekend focused on the technique, tactics, and strategy of starting a Laser.  The clinic is open to Lasers and Radials, and all sailors are welcome to leave their boats at TCYC in advance of the regatta the next weekend.

Please forward this out to your sailors and pass along to anyone you think would be interested!

Sarah Lihan
Executive Director
Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association
954 600 0775 (m)

GBCA Spring 2015 Upcoming Events: March 21-22 Performance Cup and more . . . .

GBCA Performance Cup Regatta
Mar 21-22
Two days of great racing on multiple lines.
Will include a J-24 circuit stop.

NOR, Registration and participants now on GBCA website.

Also coming up:

Apr. 18 The Conundrum
A double-handed race around fixed and floating marks.
The order of rounding is skippers’ choice.

May 2: Womens’ Regatta.
Only a female on the helm. Mixed crew if desired.

May 22-25 GBCA & TMCA Spring Fling and Offshore Race.
From Galveston to Port Arthur. 1st Navy Cup race.
Two different marinas to stay at. Big parties. Lots of fun.

2015 US Sailing Area F’s Chubb Junior Championship Qualifier Events Schedule

The 2015 US Sailing Area F’s Chubb Junior Championship qualifier events are planned to be held as follows:

Smythe single-handed qualifier (on BYOB Laser Radials):  April 4-5, 2015 at Austin Yacht Club during Easter Laser Regatta UPDATED: May 2-3, 2015 at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club

Bemis double-handed qualifier (on BYOB C420’s – some borrowed boats will be available):  May 16-17, 2015 at Rush Creek Yacht Club during TSA’s Chocopalooza Regatta

Sears quadruple-handed qualifier (on borrowed boats):  May, 2015 (date is TBD) at Houston Yacht Club

Please check the calendar on the US Sailing website at for further information.  NORs will be posted soon.  There will be no on-site registration!

The top teams from the qualifiers at each of the 12 US Sailing areas will be selected to compete against each other at the Championship finals in Massachusetts for the prestigious Bemis, Smythe, and Sears trophies.  Each team represents a club (the skipper determines the club).  So, the qualifiers are races between clubs in Area F! Area F will be able to send at least one sailor/team from the single-handed (Smythe) qualifier, the double-handed (Bemis) qualifier, and the quadruple-handed (Sears) qualifier to the Championship finals.  There will be great competition at the Championship finals, and a clinic, where the top junior sailors will get an opportunity to display their skills to get on the Olympic pathway!

Competitors must have reached their 13th birthday, but not their 19th birthday in 2015.  So, don’t delay.  Please spread the word and get your club’s teams ready for the qualifiers!

The 2015 US Sailing Chubb Junior Championship finals will be held at the Wianno Yacht Club in Wianno, Massachusetts on August 2-6, 2015.  The single-handed finals for the Smythe Trophy will be held on Byte CII’s, the double-handed finals for the Bemis Trophy will be held on C420’s, and the quadruple-handed finals for the Sears Cup will be held on Wianno Seniors.  More information about the Jr. Championship finals can also be found on the US sailing website.

Thank you in advance for forwarding this email to any interested junior sailors or their parents and promoting these US Sailing events within your club.  Please post the dates on your club and personal websites and also look for future emails from me about these qualifier events as they develop.  I will send you another email with the date for the Sears qualifier when that has been determined.  If you would rather not receive my email, please let me know and I will certainly remove you from this list.  If you have any questions, I invite you to contact me!

Best wishes,
Yolanda Cortes Mares
US Sailing’s Jr. Championships Committee Area F Representative

US Sailing Training Events in January 2015

United States Sailing Association Training and Courses
Small Boat Level 1 Instructor Trainer Course
Saturday –Tuesday, January 17-20 8:00am-6:00pm @ Pontchatrain Yacht Club. By Application only
The US Sailing Smallboat Sailing Level 1 Instructor Trainer Course certifies qualified US Sailing instructors to train Small boat Level 1 sailing instructor candidates to teach beginning sailing. The Level 1 Instructor Trainer Course is conducted by Master Instructor Trainers who are experts in the field of sail training. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Application Deadline is October 31st, 2014. Application can be found here

One-Day Team Race-focused Umpire Seminar
Wednesday, January 21, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. @ Southern Yacht Club. A test will be offered.
The Team Race Umpires seminar is tailored to high school, college and team race coaches and others who are interested in learning how to umpire at team race events. Completion of the course and the test meets one of the requirements for certification as a US Sailing Umpire. More Information Here

Club Race Management Seminar
Wednesday, January 21, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM @ Southern Yacht Club
The One Day Race Management Seminar is for people who want to learn more about best practices in running races at the local level, including high school and college events. Topics include organizing the event, writing sailing instructions, course management, starting, finishing and scoring. More Information Here

Galveston Bay Laser Radial Christmas Clinic December 20-21, 2014

The First Annual GBL (Galveston Bay Laser) Radial Christmas Clinic will be on December 20-21 in Upper Galveston Bay! The head coach will be Ryan Minth. All youth Laser Radial sailors are invited! (Sorry, no 4.7’s and no Full Rig!) This will be a great practice opportunity for those planning to race in the Miami Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta. It’s a BYOB (bring your own boat) Laser event.

For planning purposes, please contact Yolanda Cortes Mares ( if you are interested. More details will be forthcoming….


Big Regatta Laser Starting Clinic April 27-28, 2013

Big Regatta Laser Starting Clinic
April 27 – 28, 2013

All Laser Sailors Welcome

This is a great chance to practice big regatta starts over two days coached by two of the top national laser coaches.

The Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association and the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club will host a Laser Starting Clinic on April 27 and 28.  The goal is to give Laser sailors an opportunity to  practice starts in a large participant group…At an incredibly reasonable price. 
Andrew Campbell, 2008 Laser Olympian
Ryan Minth, 2X World Radial Champion Coach
Cost: $30… and it includes lunch on both Saturday and Sunday.Thank you to the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club and the Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association!).  Payment can be made at the door.
Boats: Lasers: Full Rig and Radial.  Sailors of 4.7 rigs are encouraged to come in a Radial. A limited supply of boat charters are available from  Please call early.
Where: The Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (TCYC),
Address: 104 Park Circle, Kemah,TX 77565
Dates and Time: Aprill 27 and April 28.  Rigged and Ready by 10A on both days.
How to get there:
Drivers: plug the address in to your GPS! 🙂
Flyers:  Southwest Airlines  is offerening good fares as it is currently over a month away. Low cost weekend car rentals can currently be found for under $15 per day ( Note: Houston has two large airports.  The massive IAH which is a hub for United and HOU which is a hub for Southwest.  HOU (southwest)  is 25 minutes from TCYC and IAH (United) is an hour from TCYC.
How to Sign Up: Send an email to Mike Guerreiro with your name, email address, cell phone (for any “day of” emergency texts), address and home club info.  Pay when you get here.
Key contact: