420 & Learn-to- Race

It’s time for some serious fun!

Register Now for 2024 Summer Camp

We are very pleased to announce that Coach Cappy Capper will be part of our race coaching team in 2024!

Also back to coach will be Eden Nykamp and LJ Nykamp! 

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

Schedule: 1pm – 4pm Monday through Friday 

Program Cost: $500/student

Macatawa Bay Junior Association (MBJA) offers an array of resources with the goal of teaching students how to sail. Additionally, we also provide expert instruction on how to race. Naturally, these learn-to-race courses—both our Optimist and 420/Laser programs—place a greater emphasis on racing tactics.  

We are very pleased to announce that Coach Cappy Capper will be part of our race coaching team in 2024! Also back to coach will be Eden Nykamp and LJ Nykamp! 

Sailboat racing classes also expand and solidify knowledge and confidence levels related to safety aboard. Repeated exercises in our sailboat racing course help students master techniques without even thinking about them. Even if the ultimate goal is cruising (and not racing), this experience in our performance sailing school is invaluable in establishing a robust understanding of what safe and efficient sailing means. 

420/Laser Learn-to-Race 

This program is geared towards sailors who are enrolled in 7th-12th grade (12-18 years old), have graduated from either Opti learn to race or 420 Advanced, and have expressed an interest in competitive sailing. 

The primary focus is on improving boat speed, rounding marks, starts/finishes, and basic racing tactics. Regatta participation on Fridays is included, and strongly encouraged. These are perfect events for beginners as they promote and establish a wide array of abilities. 

For this particular program, boats are provided. We recommend two or more two-week sessions for sailors who really want to improve their racing skills. Graduates from this class should consider joining Team MAC and the MBJA High School Team.  

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. 

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. 

 

The WMYSA Regatta schedule for 2024:  COMING SOON!