Texas Youth Race Week is a United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) and US SAILING (USSA) Junior Olympic event.

Regatta Information

July 10-12, 2020

The 2020 Texas Youth Race Week will be a three day regatta. All Optimist fleets will compete at Houston Yacht Club, and all Laser and double handed classes will compete at Lakewood Yacht Club.

Of course, this event will not be like those we have known in the past. We are carefully following guidance from our state and local governments as well as implementing changes based on US Sailing’s Guidance for Return to Competition. Social distancing and sanitizing measures will be a part of every aspect from rigging to outdoor or phone-in briefings. Through careful planning, we are excited about getting back to racing!

Regatta Documents

NOR – coming week of May 25, 2020


Optimist registration link coming soon
Laser and double handed registration link coming soon


Texas Youth Race Week began in 1991 as the Galveston Bay Tri-Club Regatta, but it traces its origins back to the first invitational Ragnot Regatta of 1961. TYRW was designated a US SAILING Junior Olympic event in 1997. The 2017 Texas Youth Race Week marked 20 years as a US SAILING Junior Olympic event.

Listen to an oral history interview with John and Catherine Focke (hosted online by Rice University’s Woodson Research Center) for more about the long tradition of Texas Youth Race Week.