Junior Sailing News

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  • 22 Sep 2019 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Go Girls! On September 21 and 22, CYC’s high school team sent 4 sailors to the NWISA San Diego Girls Invitational Qualifier, hosted by Olympia Yacht Club. Sailors Catie Vandervort, Caroline Lochner, Meimei Johnson (Ballard HS) and Isabelle McNabb (King’s HS) made an impressive showing, placing 2nd overall. Well done, girls!

  • 21 Oct 2018 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle is hiring Instructors for our 2019 summer camp season! Our program teaches students of all skill levels, from beginning sailors to novice racers, and runs from the middle of June to the end of August. Our ideal candidate is hard-working, creative, enthusiastic, and works well with others. We offer competitive pay as well as a merit bonus due upon completion of the season. All candidates must have US Sailing Level I Certification, U.S. Powerboat Safe Handling Certification, along with current First Aid and CPR training. 

    Contact juniors@cycseattle.org to apply.

  • 9 Oct 2018 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A big THANK YOU to CYC for hosting the 2018 USODA Optimist NW Championship this last weekend!

    48 youth sailors between the ages of 8 and 15 from USA East Coast/West Coast, and Canada East Coast/West Coast competed in the 2-day regatta.  CYC’s excellent race committee held 3 races on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.

    A special thank you to the regatta chair Erin Timms, and to Matt Wood, Charley Rathkopf and his entire race committee, the on the water judges, the CYC Office, Karen, and all CYC staff, and all volunteers who made this event run so smoothly - many hands made for light work.

    The list of the top 25% sailors that qualified at this event for the 2019 USODA Team Trials to be held in the spring at Californian Yacht Club can be viewed here.

    Photos from the event can be viewed here.

    First and second place went to CYC’s very own sailors Dieter Creitz and Jacob Posner! Congratulations!

  • 10 Jul 2018 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Seattle, WA – Sometimes an event occurs where everyone realizes something special or magical occurred.  Such was the case the weekend of June 29 – July 1 when six, unaware, 11-13 year old boys joined with two (hesitant) adults to form the nucleus of a first ever 3-day clinic at Corinthian Yacht Club - Seattle.

    Using the venerable Hobie 16 as the main platform (and one Hobie Wave), the intrepid sailors would head out of Shilshole Marina every day on the three 16s and Wave.  Conditions could not have been better.

    Friday started out so light that several of the kids flipped the Wave on to its side and used the upward hull as a jumping/diving platform into the Puget Sound waters.  When the wind filled in they got a shot at some light air sailing.   Saturday saw a nice medium breeze on flat waters, which gave everyone the opportunity to practice trapezing out over the water on their way to West Point for a picnic on the beach.  Sunday came with even stronger breeze and lumpy waters which really tested the new Hobie sailors with double trapezing and flying of hulls as they raced around a mock race course.   Each of the Hobie 16s had a youth mentor on board who has already graduated to the experienced level and is actively racing.

    CYC was fantastic!  In addition to the use of the downstairs for classroom instruction, boats were stored in the evening on their floating dock.  The students got a LOT of sailing time in varied conditions.  Hobie Division 4 sponsored the regatta, in conjunction with the Multihull Youth SAIL Foundation – a newly formed non-profit foundation dedicated to getting more kids out on multis.  Additional clinics have been requested for both youth and women. 

    Big thanks to US Sailing instructor Tim Webb, who was ably assisted by Peter Nelson, Laura Sullivan, Bob Combie, Will Nelson, Jaedon Bott, Jennifer Hoag and a slew of other volunteers.

    Photos at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vdtDkreoxbt6LKwC6

  • 10 Jun 2018 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Saturday, June 9th, five members of CYC's Junior Race Team gave free sailboat lessons and rides to over 40 kids. Rain had been predicted all day but the sun actually came out and everyone had a great time.

  • 12 May 2018 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Saturday, May 12, the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association, the Sailing Foundation, and surrounding sailing clubs help put on regattas all over the Northwest including Canada and Portland. The regattas require a team of four students, an A team made of a helmsman and crew, and a B team, also made up of a helmsman and crew. The A team completes two races, and then the B team complete as two races. Both teams rotate two different boats throughout the regatta.

    This is Ballard High School Race Team's first season. Since this was our first season creating the Ballard High School Race Team, we participated in the silver fleet. We learned a lot at every regatta where our team was competing against 15-20 other teams. In the last regatta of the season in Port Townsend, our team placed second. Erik Anderson helmed on the A team with Nate Walgren as crew and Catie Vandervort helmed on the B team with Seth Aldrich as crew.


  • 23 Apr 2018 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Seattle Sailing Foundation has done a lot to expand youth sailing and racing in the Northwest, but they have identified that there is a need to connect dinghy sailing/racing to keelboat sailing/racing. Many boat owners would welcome youth on their boat, but even the most experienced youth would prefer to sail with other kids, not with a boatful of adults. So Bob Ross, owner of the Seattle Sailing Club, stepped forward and offered the Youth Racing Team at Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) the use of a J105, Puff, to use for the first Monday night Ballard Cup Series put on by the Sloop Tavern YC.

    These kids are experienced dinghy racers and some have been on a keelboat, but they had never raced one before. Some were intimidated, but all were excited. The goal of Al Hughes and Shauna Walgren, their coaches, was to have the kids learn to do everything, including helming, focus on team building and have fun.

    Most of these kids had started sailing in Optis and graduated to 2-person dinghies, FJs (Flying Juniors) and V15s (Vanguard 15s). They were used to racing, jockeying for a good start, and understanding the course. The basic explanation given to them by head coach Al Hughes “the J105 is basically an oversized Vanguard, you know how to sail it. We’re just adding winches and a spinnaker into the mix.” Erik, a freshman at Ballard was the main helmsman. Erik appreciated the opportunity to learn about sail trim, boat speed, currents, winds, and starting tactics, "this was a valuable experience for my sailing career!” Felix our youngest member at 12, kept encouraging the team to beat his dad who was sailing on another boat, and they did!

  • 16 Mar 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday, March 16, CYC held its first ever fundraiser for the Junior Program. Thanks to all 45 people who attended, we raised over $9,000!! Seth Aldrich, the co-captain of the Ballard High School Race Team was the guest speaker and was so nervous, he couldn't eat. Including ALL the wonderful desserts made by Margaret Gallimore. A total of seven team members volunteered as servers, and twelve year old Sam Airhart had put together the slide show.  The kids had to get up early the next day to race at Vashon Island. It was a great learning experience for all of us and many of the guests were eagerly encouraging us to put on another fundraiser next year.

    What do we plan to do with the funds that were raised? The kids want to purchase Flying Juniors (FJs). These boats are used by other racing teams in the Northwest. We have been lucky to be able to borrow these from other teams but this is hard to do in the summer months. Because a new FJ cost $7500, we are looking at purchasing used FJs.

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