REVISED US Sailing Area F Junior Championship qualifier schedule – New Smythe qualifier date!

Registration for all the qualifiers is now online! Please note the links below that you can cut and paste onto your browser:
 Smythe single-handed qualifier (on BYOB Laser Radials): April 30-May 1, 2016 at Rush Creek Yacht Club during Dinghyfest, also an ILCA-NA District 15 regatta!

  Deadline for Registration: April 27 at midnight

  Event website:

  Note: Competitors must also register in the Dinghyfest!
 Sears triple-handed qualifier (on borrowed Lightnings): May 8, 2016 at Houston Yacht Club

  Deadline for Registration: May 4 at midnight

  Event website:
 Bemis double-handed qualifier (on BYOB C420’s – some borrowed boats will be available): May 14-15, 2016 at Grapevine Sailing Club during TSA’s Silly String Regatta and TSA Girl’s Championship

  Deadline for Registration: May 9 at midnight

  Event website:

  Note: Competitors must also register in the TSA Silly String Regatta!
NEW this year: $250 cash prize for each top scoring competitor (skipper and crew) who also registers for the National Championship finals by June 15 – please read the NORs for details!

2015 Rocky Mountain Junior Olympic Festival

2015 JOsThe 2015 Rocky Mountain Junior Olympic Festival will be held in the Denver, Colorado this July 24-26.

Join us for a weekend of sailing, games, and action on the water at 5,280 feet above sea level.

Community Sailing of Colorado and Denver Sailing Association is excited to host the 2015 Rocky Mountain Junior Olympic Festival at the Cherry Creek Reservoir on July 24-26.  We invite all junior sailors to participate as this will be Colorado’s largest junior sailing regatta of the season! Please contact Brandon (303) 757-7718 with questions.

FOR WHO: ALL Junior Sailors 18 years and younger!

WHEN: July 24-26, 2015

WHERE: The Cherry Creek Marina & Yacht Club

HOW MUCH: $85 a boat ($45 extra for double handed boats) which includes all meals, snacks, goody bag, regatta shirt & more!

Hope to see you in Denver this summer!



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….