Youth Race Team
The GSC Youth Race Team meets the needs of young sailors looking to get an early introduction to the world of racing.
The Optimist is a highly competitive fleet nationally and internationally, and the majority of recent Olympic sailors began sailing in an Optimist sailboat.
Race Team Information
At the Glenmore Sailing Club, we are committed to excellence both on and off the water. The goal of the Optimist Race Team is to give children with some sailing experience, the opportunity to take the leap in to racing at a young age. We encourage a fun and safe learning environment.
Operating on two evenings per week throughout the season, the program provides participants with equipment, coaching, and logistical support while introducing them to the competitive aspects of dinghy sailing.
Youth sailors can expect social, fitness and educational activities to build the team dynamic and learn about sailing.
It is expected that training will start in early May and run until late August. Training sessions begin at 6:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm. Please ensure that your child is changed and rigged for a 6:45 briefing. It is important for sailor development that your child rigs/de-rigs and is able to launch their boat without parent or coach assistance.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING
WNR is an important component of the Optimist Race team and members are expected to attend in order utilize the skills they have learned. Racing will be coached every Wednesday in July and August as part of the regular training program. Sailors will be racing on the same course as the other boats. It is expected that parents participate on the Race Committee on occasion. No experience necessary as training will be provided.
We bring together youth sailors from other clubs for joint training sessions. The benefits of this combined training include:
Members of the Optimist Race Team will each be given a Log Book at the beginning of the season in which to record each training session. This will allow the sailor and coach track their progress. At the end of each evening, there will be a 15 minute debrief at which time sailors are invited to log book.
REGATTAS AND TRAINING CAMPS
Athletes are reminded that the best way to develop racing skills is to participate in racing. There are many local and provincial events that will provide appropriate training opportunities.
Below you will find a list of the training camps and regattas that GSC is prepared to support for the ongoing development of our sailors. We ask that you consider in advance which events you expect to attend and provide a list to our Junior Sailing Coordinator. This will ensure proper organization and communication.
It is the responsibility of both the athlete and the parent to ensure transportation is arranged to and from events. The coaching staff or Junior Sailing Coordinator may be able to help coordinate car pools if necessary.
Athletes and parents are responsible for transporting boats to and from events. GSC owns a three boat trailer that is available for club members to use to transport boats. Parents may be asked to trailer the team coach boat.
Camping is available onsite at most Alberta events or there will be hotels/motels nearby. Below, you will find the necessary information for the two out of town regattas we expect to participate in.
Founders Regatta – Wabumun Sailing Club – There are several options for accommodation. Camping is available onsite or alternately at the Provincial Park. Other options are available.
Prairie Winds – Newell Sailing Club – To book a campsite for this regatta, participants need to call the Reserve Alberta Parks registration line @ 1-877-537-2757 in early April to complete this this process. Please ensure that you advise the Parks staff that you are booking a site currently held for the Newell Sailing Regatta. A limited number of sites have been placed on hold effective the night of Thursday, July 6th with checkout on the morning of Sunday, July 9th
These sites need to be booked and paid for prior to two weeks ahead of the event. Any sites not booked and paid for will be released on this date for sale to the general public.
Check-in time at the campground is 4:00pm and checkout time is 2:00pm.
The host club generally has meals available for purchase but if your child has special dietary needs, they may opt to bring their own food. Be sure to check the Notice of Race for information on the availability of meals and whether pre-purchase is necessary. It is recommended that each athlete has their own dry bag with snacks and water that can be stowed on the coach boat for consumption between races.
Coaches are NOT responsible for the supervision of athletes once the sailing day is over. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The program fee includes:
Sailing in Alberta requires an athlete to be prepared to be on the water in a wide range of conditions. Athletes must bring all of their sailing gear each day as conditions can change quickly. Some basic gear that sailors should own:
**Please leave all valuables at home or bring a lock for the lockers.
Paula Patterson – Junior Sailing Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
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