Junior Fleet News

Gibson Island Regatta

The Laser, 420, and Opti Race Teams competed in the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron's Junior Regatta last week. We had a beautiful sea breeze that built throughout the day, allowing our sailors to work hard toward nice finishes.

12 Metre Worlds Champion Includes Past AYC Jr. Sailor

With a spectacular array of vintage and modern versions of this classic yacht, the 12 Metre Worlds wrapped up in Newport this weekend, with long time junior program participant Porter Kavle on board contributing to the strategy team.

Sandy McVicker and AYC Junior Annual

This year's Annapolis Junior Annual Regatta came with steady surprises, important lessons, and unseasonably great wind. SSA's Sandy McVicker Regatta saw strong Easterly clocking with steady oscillations and slight chop.


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    • Gibson Island Regatta 

      Laser Team
      Cole Canuel and Alex Adams had a great day sailing Lasers at Gibson Island on Wednesday!  The AYC lasers towed up to Gibson Island on Wednesday morning for a gorgeous ride up the bay.  We had a beautiful sea breeze that built throughout the day, allowing our sailors to work hard toward nice finishes.  Both Alex and Cole did a nice job of hiking their boats flat and keeping their strategies simple in an oscillating wind.  They also managed to stay fast through some current and chop on the upwinds, and used it to their advantage on the downwinds.   Alex excelled in his starts and his fleet management, and he was able to win two races.  Cole, who is newer to the laser, has been improving his starts and boat speed.  He is starting to consistently finish among the top boats!  Alex placed 2nd, and Cole placed 9th in a fleet of 20. 

      420 Race Team
      Gibson Island was a great experience for the sailors who attended. Chase Conway and Zoe Hoctor came away with the win, nearly a picket fence save for one race. Beckett Kumler and Orion Adelman has a strong showing with and second place finish. Ava Cornell and Madeline Amthor had their best regatta of the summer, including nearly winning race four! A great experience all around with a challenging tow home to end the day.

      420 Chesapeake Race Team

      This past week, The Chessy 420 team competed in Gibson Island Yacht Squadron Junior Regatta. The team had 11 boats sailing the event out of a 26 boat fleet. Conditions were excellent with a strong breeze from the south all day starting off around 10 knots and continuing to build up to 15 knots by the end of racing. Five Races were completed before the cutoff time. George Carty / Ryan Tatelbaum were the top Chessy boat finishing in 11th place, followed by Blake Vogel / Raam Fox in 13th, and Max Penders / Alex Brenia in 14th.

      Opti Race Team
      The Gibson Island event was an amazing learning opportunity for AYC's RWB Opti  racing team. The team had an extended tow over to the Island on Tuesday, with calm Waters in the morning. An afternoon practice allowed us to explore the local waters and work on boat handling with AYC's Green Fleet sailors. The day of racing brought winds building from 6 knots up to 15 from the North. The RWB course location brought very tricky current patterns swirling off the river and into the Bay. Our sailors steadily improved as they learned about current laylines and starting in current. AYCs sailor Kyle Reinekie earned 1st place overall in RWB, and Christopher Draper earned 2nd in Blue Fleet. Thanks for all of the great logistic effort and support along the way, with a special shout out to Mr. Draper and Mrs. Wilmer ( and her sidekick!) for keeping an eye on AYC's return to home amid tough seas!

      Opti Green Fleet 
      Despite a few breakdowns, the eight AYC Green Fleeters had a blast as the breeze built at the annual Gibson Island regatta. The sailors began the day with a pleasant six knots out of the northwest but held their own as the breeze built to a sustained 10 with gusts up to 15.  Ben Gendell took home fourth place, while Will Mohler took home a fifth. Sailors Charlotte Hugo, Daniel Draper, Halsey Carter, and Sofia Forsberg all had strong finishes and achieved personal bests in the competitive fleet.

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  • Summer Program Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures
    • Summer Program Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

      Brianna Grenier, Junior Fleet Director

        

      Drop Off Procedure:


      • Please do not arrive before the start of your class time, instructors will not be outside until the start time to check your sailor in
      • All drivers must stay in their cars, an instructor will come up to the driver’s side window when you pull up to the Sailing Center with a binder to check your sailor in for the day. Only the sailor is permitted to exit the vehicle.
      • Once your sailor(s) is checked in, please slowly pull past the Sailing Center and out onto 5th Street 
      • No driver will be permitted to step out of the vehicle to assist a sailor, instructors will be on hand to help your sailor.

      Pick Up Procedure:


      • Please do not arrive before the end of your sailor’s class time. Sailors will be ready to be picked up at the end of their class and will not be able to leave sooner, and the parking lot is in use. 
      • All drivers must stay in their cars, an instructor will come up to the driver’s side window and ask for your sailor(s)’s names. As the driver, you will also sign the sailors out with that instructor on a tablet.
      • The instructor will hail your sailors name over the instructor radio and your sailor(s) will head to your car.
      • Once your sailor(s) are checked out and loaded into your vehicle, please slowly pull past the Sailing Center and out onto 5th Street
      • No driver will be permitted to step out of the vehicle to assist a sailor, instructors will be on hand to help your sailor.

      Important Things to Remember:


      • Please be patient and follow the directions of the AYC Staff.
      • Drivers are not allowed to get out of their cars. If you would like to speak with your sailor’s instructors, please park on another street and walk over to the drop off/pick up zone.
      • Please do not arrive before the end of your sailor’s class time to pick them up, there is no waiting in cars in the parking lot of the Sailing Center 
      • Sailors that stay for both a morning and afternoon class must bring their lunch with them and they will be supervised during the lunch break.
      If you feel your sailor needs an extra hand carrying gear, please park your car on another street and walk with your sailor to the Sailing Center

  • Junior Associate Membership (JAM)
    • Junior Associate Membership (JAM)

      According to AYC's Bylaws, the JAM membership term ends on December 31 and needs to be annually renewed, should you wish to participate in that coming year's activities. 

      The annual $50 membership fee will be included on your bill, following registration. If no notification is received to renew your JAM membership, the JAM number will be listed as inactive. 

      Applies to sailors aged 7-18 at AYC except those ONLY in the High School Program. Children and grandchildren of Regular AYC members are NOT required to become JAMs. Regular AYC member pricing discounted 25% from JAM price (except HS). 

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