Four Sailboats in a line. Forest in the background.

2017 Youth Racing

Head Coach Victoria Restivo

Welcome to Royal Hamilton Yacht Club’s YOUTH RACE TEAM
 
There are many opportunities at the RHYC for sailors who wish to race. Participants and families considering a racing program should evaluate the level of intensity and commitment that they are looking for to help determine which program is most suitable. This page outlines expectations of the various racing programs to help you with your selection.
 

  

Registration and Brochures

Brochure

Online Registration

Sailor's Info and Parent's Guide

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

To find out more about our JR. Sailing School, please email rhycjrsailing@gmail.com or call (905) 528-8464 Ext. 227

Program Fees

  • Fees do not include regatta registration, transportation or other costs associated with attendance at regattas.
 
   
   
   
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RHYC Optimist Race Team 

RHYC’s Optimist race team is designed to further hone skills taught in the Discover Boating and Youth Learn to Sail program. Experienced coaches provided a safe and fun program that introduces the basics of racing and develops fundamental racing skills, along with more advanced boat handling. Participants may also work on some of the CAN Sail 3 to 6 prerequisites. This program is open to any sailor age 9 - 15 who has an interest in racing. This team will be traveling to local weekend events and a few major events.
RHYC has five Optimists available to charter for a small fee but encourages participants to bring their own boats. 
 

Session 1: July 3 to July 28 Early Registration by May 21

Program Fees:
$990 or $1035 after early registration date

Charter Fee:
One Month Charter Fee $250

   
Sailors leaning off their sailboats.

RHYC Race Team

The RHYC race program is a comprehensive course for sailors 14-18 years of age with racing experience that wish to further their abilities onto a high performance level. The course is taught in single and double-handed boats including 420, Laser Radial and 29ers.

420 RACE TEAM
In Canada the 420 has become a popular boat to develop double handed sailing skills in youth sailors. The ideal combined crew weight for this boat is around 250 pounds, please note that you must find a sailing partner prior to registration (coaches may offer assistance). From here sailors will have a skill set that they can take to double handed Olympic class boats like Nacra, 470’s or 49ers. This team will be coached by an experienced coach and will be traveling to local weekend events and several major events. RHYC has two ZIM 420’s available to charter for a small fee but encourages participants to bring their own boats.

LASER RADIAL RACE TEAM
The Laser Radial is the Men’s and Women’s singlehanded class at the youth worlds. It is also the women’s singlehanded Olympic class and the development class for the men’s Laser. The weight and size of the sailor are very important in the laser radial. This team will be coached by an experienced coach and will be traveling to local weekend events and several major events. RHYC does NOT have Lasers available for chartering.

The program requires a high level of commitment for both athlete and parent. Sailors are expected to participate in a fitness and nutrition program in addition to daily on water training and theory instruction. The parents are an important part of the team and are expected to chaperone and/or tow trailers to regattas. More information will be posted. Please contact us with any questions. 

Month of July:  July 3 to July 28 Early Registration by May 21 
Month of August: July 31 to August 25 Early Registration by June 18
   

Monthly Program Fees:
$990 or $1,035 after early registration date

Charter Fee:
One Month 420 Charter Fee: $250
Lasers and 29ers must be chartered privately
 

   
Two sailors maneuvering a sailboat. One of them leaning off the side.

Spring Training

Spring Training is an excellent opportunity to get a head start on the competitive season. The focus of the program is to prepare racers for the summer by working on boat-handling skills in a variety of wind conditions. We require sailors to have adequate clothing and for a range of weather and water conditions we may encounter. Optimist, 420, Laser, Radial, and 29er sailors are invited to participate in Spring Training.

A Minimum of 6 Sailors pre-registered are required to conduct the course.

May 6 to June 24 (Saturday's Only)
Early Registration by April 7

Program Fees:
$325 or $350 after early registration date
Includes Coach support at RHYC Lilac Regatta May 27th and 28th

Please note: There are no discounts giving for partial participation in Spring training.

   
Two sailors on a sailboat out in the lake on a cloudy day.

Fall Training

Fall Training extends the racing season and provides for continued opportunities to refine the skills learned in the summer. This is a great way to remain engaged and to prepare for the Florida circuit over the winter. The wide range of conditions experienced during the fall adds a further dimension to the training sessions. We require sailors to have adequate clothing and for a range of weather and water conditions we may encounter. Optimist, 420, Laser, Radial, and 29er sailors are invited to participate in Fall Training.

A Minimum of 6 Sailors pre-registered are required to conduct the course.

Sept. 2 to Oct. 14 (Saturday's Only)
Early Registration by August 18th

Program Fees:
$225 or $275 after early registration date
Includes Coaching at Cornish Hen Regatta September 9th and 10th

Please note: There are no discounts giving for partial participation in Fall training.

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  • Fees do not include regatta registration, transportation or other costs associated with attendance at regattas.

Participant Responsibility

Upon registration, participants will be required to sign a waiver accepting responsibility for damages, injuries and liabilities relating to these. The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club is not liable for these and other circumstances leading to injury.

More Information 

The RHYC Racing Teams are limited in size. All teams are coached by an experienced race coach, and more coaches are added as registration dictates. Teams are open to Members and Non-Members. On teams that use club boats (420 and Optimist) the boats will go to member families first, after that it will be based on time of registration. It is strongly encouraged that participants bring their own boats to train with. RHYC Sail Training will NOT be responsible for the delivering of coach boats and club owned sail boats to events. Assistance from parents is necessary and all parents will share the cost of expenses while transporting club equipment. RHYC participants will be responsible for loading and securing trailers at events. Parents of all racers are expected to attend regattas and supervise their own children. RHYC will NOT be responsible for organizing travel, chaperoning, or accommodations for participants. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that their child(ren) are properly supervised during an away regatta by an adult. RHYC will host a pre-season mandatory parents meeting for each race team. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the teams schedule and allow parents to meet to form accommodation, trailering, and chaperoning plans. The RHYC will take responsibility for it’s participants during predetermined training/racing times. There will be a direct hand off of the participants from the parent responsible to the coach at the start and end of racing/training each day.