420 & Laser Racing
An advanced learning course for those interested in racing C420 with trapeze and spinnaker or Lasers.
2 week sessions – Starting June 17, 2019
Schedule: 1pm – 4pm Monday through Friday
Program Cost: $355 per student
Who should take this course?
This course is for sailors who have completed 6th-12th grade (12-18 years old), with some sailing experience that have expressed an interest in learning more advanced sailing skills like refining upwind technique, hiking, spinnaker, trapeze, and Laser sailing. A Kites & Lasers course, an Optimist Race course, or a HS Sailing season are recommended before registering for these courses.
How are the classes structured?
Racers will train under the racing rules of sailing for practice and will learn to compete in events with other sailors of their talent level in low key learning races. Advanced students will train in either Lasers or C420 sailboats (reserved by registration) and may switch for certain events. This course will hone each sailors individual talents through a focused look at techniques, tuning, racing rules, and strategy.
Where are the races?
Sailors are urged to participate in Western Michigan Youth Sailing Association(WMYSA) regattas held on Fridays at the various lakes throughout the summer. For qualified sailors, travel to out of state regattas is also available and encouraged. Tuition fees cover training at the sailing center and coaching at regattas. Fees for registration, travel, and additional regattas expenses are not included.
The WMYSA Championship Series schedule for 2019 will be as follows:
- June 28 at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club
- July 12 at Spring Lake Yacht Club
- July 26 at White Lake Yacht Club
- Aug 9 at Muskegon Yacht Club
Do we need a boat?
All C420s will be provided for our courses, however Laser sailors need to register for the correct course to receive a boat. Boats will be provided for Laser sailors if registering for the (MBJA boat) option. If you have your own laser, please register for the (BYO boat) option and contact MBJA for storage fees.