Important Upcoming Dates
14 March - Summer Registration Begins at 9am for JAM Members
7 March - HS Sailing Tryouts Begin (Spring Schedule Link Below)
15 March - Last day to order AYC Jr Fleet Rash Guard (see below)
AYC Team Excels at C420 Midwinters
The c420 Midwinter Championship was held February 18th- 20th. A record high 103 club 420s from all over North America gathered at the US Sailing Center in Martin County, FL for three days of great sailing. Annapolis Yacht Club represented 7 boats at this event.
Day 1, the fleet was split into two groups. The groups were decided by a seeded formula to ensure fair racing for all. With the first flight sailing Outer Loop Trapezoids, and the second flight sailing Inner Trapezoids, the Race Committee was able to fly through 4 races in each flight. The wind was from the southeast and increased as the day went on to a steady 14 knots. On a day where boat speed and commitment to a side paid, AYC sailors were able to break into the top 20 consistently. Sailors did however have a lot to work on with their starting techniques in a larger fleet than they were used to.
Going into day 2 the fleets were split up again evenly and the Race Committee planned on completing 5 races in each flight. This proved to be a lofty goal as winds were not as stable as day 1. Sailors and the Race Committee saw a northwest wind clock right all day inconsistently all the way to a northeast direction. In addition to this, being tucked in close to shore made for tricky and unpredictable wind shifts. At the end of the day the Race Committee was able to complete 4 races in each division giving the sailors a drop race. Despite these tough conditions, Team AYC was able to overcome the challenges and qualified 5 out of the 7 boats into Gold Fleet for the final day of competition.
In order to boost confidence going into the last day, Coaches briefed the duos individually to cater unique game plans for the final day of the regatta. Those at the top of the fleet leaned towards a more disciplined and conservative game plan with focus on fleet management, clean and risk- free starts, and avoiding situations where they could potentially foul. This game plan worked well for Porter Kavle and Caroline McNeil who were able to move from 8th to 7th place overall. Those who were towards the middle or back of the fleet went with a more aggressive and “nothing to lose” game plan. This would include potentially splitting from the leaders in order to potentially make a pass. This also included starting in a highly sought after spot on the line. This paid off immensely for James Golden and Kimberly Leonard who moved up to 14th overall on the final day, and Jordan Bruce and Caroline Bayless who moved up the 24th overall.
AYC 420 sailors are now back up north for the remainder of the winter and spring. High School season starts up March 7th!
Porter Kavle and Caroline McNeil: 7th (gold)
James Golden and Kimberly Leonard: 14th (gold)
Simon Boeger and Michael Lively: 21st (gold)
Jordan Bruce and Caroline Bayless: 24th (gold)
Sam Bruce and Nick Salvesen: 44th (gold)
Will DeLong and Marley Hillman: 19th (silver)
Emma Snead and Johnny Walton: 45th (silver)
AYC Athletes Matt & Nick Budington Head to Palamos, ESP to Compete in International Optimist Regatta
As AYC’s Optimist program is growing at a rapid pace, two of our athlete have risen quickly to the challenge. Thirteen year-olds Matt and Nick Budington are currently en route to Palamos, Spain for the XXVIII Trofeo Vila de Palamos. Also serving as the 12thNations Cup for the International Optimist Dinghy Association, or IODA, this regatta will play host to some of the most aggressive and competitive junior sailors on the planet. The sailors begin racing on February 16thand will compete for four days, commencing racing on the 19th.
Matt Budington gained entry to this event via invitation from Team USA, the Internationally competitive optimist team representing the United States, while twin brother Nick Budington will be competing separately as an independent athlete with the Finnish Team, but also representing the United States. Though this will still be one of the first times the sailors compete internationally, the twins look forward to the event as it is sure to serve as a great learning experience for both of them. Last summer, Matt, Nick, and other AYC Athletes also competed at the CORK International Optimist Regatta in Kingston, Canada, where they were pleased to be joined by fellow AYC Sailor Owen Hennessey. Owen, who also has proven himself on the national and international stages, led by example, winning the prestigious event (Owen will also be representing Team USA later this spring in the IODA South American Championship). Matt and Nick are on the right pathway towards becoming internationally recognized athletes as they continue to follow in the footsteps of those who have paved the way for success before them.
To see results in Palamos live, stay tuned to the event website,www.palamosoptimisttrophy.org. Additionally, we will attempt to share periodic updates from the event on the AYC Junior Sailing Facebook page,here. Finally, while we’re waiting to cheer on our AYC Sailors abroad when they start racing the 16th, check out some of the cool articles and press our star athletes have received here in theBethesda Magazine.
Summer Refresher Course Options for Beginner and Intermediate Sailors
For those sailors who plan on participating in or who have previously participated in the Beginner or Intermediate courses at AYC in the summer season, we have great news! This spring we will be offering two separate, weekend-long refresher courses specifically oriented towards both Beginners and Intermediate level sailors who are looking to get a jump on things before their summer season. These courses are not mandatory, however serve to help those sailors who are registered for a next-level course from what they have participated in in the past.Registration for these course options will open on February 22, 2017, but register quickly as only eight spots are available for each of the two courses.For more information, please check out the Junior Fleet – Optimist page on the AYC website.
New AYC Jr Fleet Rash Guards
Junior and adult sizes available!Cut off date to order is March 15th.Orders will arrive within 3-4 weeks after March 16th, plenty of time before the summer program starts. All orders will be billed through your AYC or JAM member account.
Junior Sizes - $48.00 plus tax and shipping
Adult Sizes - $68.00 plus tax and shipping
Order your AYC Jr Fleet rash guard today! Use the link below to fill out the Google Form.
Click here to order your AYC Jr Fleet Rash Guard today!
2017 AYC Spring c420 Practice
Fridays from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dates: April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
$40 per sailor per day
AYC will be holding c420 practices on Fridays in April and May. These practices are for those sailors looking to get more time on the water and more time in the boat before the summer program begins. Sign up will be available on the AYC website Jr. Fleet calendar. We ask that those planning on attending the practices sign up beforehand on the website so we have an idea of who to expect and how many boats need to be rigged. Sailors may choose to use their own c420 if they have one, or the AYC club boats. Sailors also may come alone, or with a partner.
High School Sailing
Tryouts begin March 7th, 3:30pm at AYC
High School Registration has opened for the Spring Season. You can register by going to the AYC site under High School:
Click here to register for Spring High School Sailing
Tryouts will be March 7-9 at 3:30pm, weather permitting. Drysuits will be Mandatory! There is an attached flyer for more information.
Link to Spring HS Sailing Schedule
If you have any question regarding the High School or C420 program, please contact the Head 420 Coach Katja Sertl email@example.com
Jr Keelboat Program
2017 AYC Spring Keelboat Practice
Fridays from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dates: March 17th, 24th, 31st; April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
$15 per sailor per day
AYC will be holding keelboat practices on Fridays in March, April and May. These practices are for those sailors looking to get more time on the water and more time in the boat. Levels can range from never having sailed a keelboat before, to wanting to race one. Sailors can come in teams or by themselves. Participants will learn to and practice rigging the J22, performing all of the jobs on the boat, drive the boat, fly a spinnaker, and learn some basic keelboat information.
Cost per practice will be $15 per sailor, and we ask that sailors register ahead of time on the AYC Jr. Fleet Calendar on the AYC website. This will give coaches and the dockmasters ample time to have the J22s in the water and ready to go for each practice. Practices will be held from 3:30- 6:30 on Fridays.
Winter Optimist Regatta Schedule:
USODA Sunshine State Championship:March 4th- 5th
USODA Gulf Coast Championship:March 18th- 19th
Please check out the Jr Fleet Calendar for more details about practice days pertaining to regattas.
Spring Opti Information
Optimist Spring Registration is Live!
Our RWB and Green Fleet athletes can now check out our schedule for spring practices and register for the team! Green fleet will have practice on Sundays and Mondays each week, while RWB practices will run Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays each week. For more information on this, please check out the full schedule here. To register for our spring practices, head over to the ayc website and click on Junior Fleet – Optimist tab and follow the instructions from there. If you have any questions for spring practices or training, please contact Coach Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Optimist Schedule Offical
Click here to register for the Spring Opti Season
Please contact Connor Corgard email@example.com 410-263-9267 ext. 109 for more information.
Click here to make a donation to the AYC Jr Fleet
Calling Young Writers, Photographers, and Videographers
Are you (or do you know) a young person in high school or college that would like see their work in print and electronic AYC publications? This is great chance to pursue your interest and gain experience! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Junior Associate Membership (JAM)
Applies to sailors aged 7-18 at AYC except those ONLY in the High School Program. Children of Regular AYC members are NOT required to become JAMs. Regular AYC member pricing discounted 25% from JAM price (except HS). Annual membership fee is $50 (expires Dec. 31). To become a JAM Please click here to submit an application.
Email us at JuniorFleet@annapolisyc.org
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