2-Week Half-Day Sessions: Starting June 10, 2024 

Schedule: 1pm– 4pm Monday through Friday 

Program Cost: $500 per student

An advanced program focused on performance development and competitive tactics for sailors ages 12-18. The perfect place for any hungry sailor who has taken camps or adventures and wants to go faster and compete in local races/regattas. 

Who should take this course?
This course is for sailors who have completed 6th-12th grade (12-17 years old), AND ARE INVITED TO JOIN TEAM MAC. They will work on skills such as refining upwind technique, hiking, spinnaker, trapeze, and Laser sailing.  Sailors register as individuals and will be paired up with another student in the course for 420 sailing. 

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 and may switch for certain events. This course will hone each sailor’s individual talents through a focused look at techniques, tuning, racing rules, and strategy. 

Club Racing on Fridays!
On Fridays opposite the WMYSA regattas, we will be doing club racing (Optis, lasers, 420’s) during the afternoons. If you are signed up for race class, you will automatically be in this mini-regatta. We will be strongly encouraging students to participate in our inter-club Friday racing (as well as WMYSA events) even if they are not currently registered for the session. 

WMYSA Team Mac Racing
To help students learn fundamental skills, they will participate in West 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 Regatta schedule for 2024: 

Do we need a boat?
All C420s will be provided for our courses, however, Laser sailors have the option to register to use an MBJA boat in their ClubSpot registration. Boats will be provided for Laser sailors. However, if you have your own laser, contact MBJA for drysail options. C420 sailors sign-up as individuals and will be paired up with another student in the course.