High School sailing closely parallels the collegiate sailing format and all teams training at AYC are part of the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA). Specifically, Annapolis-area teams are part of the Central League of the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) District and the Maryland Scholastic Sailing Association (MDISA).
Most high school sailing is done in 420s, FJs, or similar double-handed boats. High school sailing does have a singlehanded National Championship - the Cressy Trophy held each Fall in Lasers and Laser Radials. The focus of the AYC high school program is on doublehanded sailing, but we will support any sailors with experience interested in qualifying for the Cressy.
As well as daily coaching at practices, AYC provides coaching at weekend regattas. JV teams typically travel to local events lasting one day. Varsity teams attend local events and travel to venues requiring overnight stays several times a season. Organization of all local and overnight trips is the responsibility of team captains and parents. Tuition covers all coaching expenses for regattas during the regular season. Additional coaching fees apply for teams participating in the National Championships and other post-season events such as the Atlantic Coast Championship and Great Oaks Regatta. Tuition also covers the use of the 18 club-owned 420s.
Pre-JV, JV and Varsity
Coaches divide high school teams into Varsity and Junior Varsity teams based on observed performance and personal knowledge regarding skill levels This division is somewhat flexible and is for competitions only – JV and Varsity practice together. These planned practice days are tentative and subject to change based on enrollment of each team.
Fall and Spring Seasons
Teams participate in a number of regattas throughout the Fall and Spring seasons. The Fall season runs from September to November and the Spring season from March to May. The end of each season culminates in a District Championship and in the Spring, for those teams that qualify, the National Fleet Racing Championship (Mallory Cup) and National Team Racing Championship (Baker Cup).
For fleet racing, teams are divided into A and B divisions comprised of different skippers and crews for each division. Teams may substitute sailors as long as prescribed substitution rules are followed. Short courses are used, typically windward-leeward with a gate. Course completion times average 18 minutes. Except in rare cases, only one fleet is on the water at a time. Two races are completed and then divisions switch, and the boat being sailed by each team is rotated. This allows for coaching and a break. Boat rotation eliminates the possibility of any team having an advantage because of an inherently faster boat.
In Team Racing events, each team fields three boats to sail against three boats from another team. Teammates work together to outmaneuver the other team so that their combined race scores are better than the other team's combined scores.
For more information, or to see if your high school team can train at AYC, contact the Junior Fleet office via phone at (410) 263-9267 or email at [email protected].