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The Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation website is being moved. For current information on upcoming activities and propgrams, including the 2011 Summer Program, please go directly to or to

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Optimist Harken Series #1
March 5-6, 2011
California YC, Marina del Rey, California

It's not uncommon to see airplanes trailing banners when spending time in Los Angeles' beach communities, but imagine the surprise of the 36-boat Optimist Fleet, parents, coaches and race officials when a banner came directly over the race course reading "SBYC" followed by the yacht club burgee! The Santa Barbara kids erupted in cheers . . .

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SBYSF "Hot Chocolate" Clinic & Regatta
Santa BarbaraYacht Club
February 12-13, 2011

Nine young sailors participated in the Novice Clinic on Saturday and Sunday's Hot Chocolate regatta was very successful. Thirteen Sabots and 7 Optis were split into three clinic groups based on experience and skill level . . .

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Optimist MidWinters
Los Angeles Yacht Club
February 12-13, 2011

SBYC's "Team Opti Power" spent the weekend of February 12-13 in San Pedro for Los Angeles Yacht Club's Optimist MidWinter Regatta. Five young sailors between the ages of ten and thirteen represented Santa Barbara at the two-day, nine-race, 30-boat regatta sailed on the infamous "Hurricane Gulch".

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Shadden #3 & Harold Adams Team Racing Regatta
San Diego Yacht Club
February 12-13, 2011

A group of Santa Barbara youth sailors went down to San Diego for a CFJ regatta and the annual Harold Adams team racing event.

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Orange Bowl
Miami, Florida
December 27-30, 2010

The 2010 Orange Bowl Regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club in Miami Florida attracts upwards of 500 sailors each year. It is the biggest youth event in the US, and if you're looking for warm weather, great wind, and tough competition, it's the place to be. Stephen and Matt Long, sailing in the Laser Radial Class, Tucker Atterbury and Jack Jorgenson (ABYC) sailing in the C420 Class, and Savanna Brown and Newt Cutcliffe, also in the C420's, made the journey to Florida leaving on Christmas morning.

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Thank You!

The Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation would like to acknowledge some of the generous financial contributions and other support we've received this year from the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, the SBYCW, and individual members of the SBYC. As you may know, we are a non-profit organization and we do rely on donations to help us with our mission of getting kids out on the water.

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VYC Fall Optimist Regatta
November 13-14, 2010
Ventura, California

Just as Fall is a time of transition, so too was the Ventura Yacht Club Fall Optimist Regatta-the second of five regattas that make up the annual "SoCal Series". With some of Southern California's elite-level Opti sailors either aged out or noticeably absent, an opportunity for new talent to shine was borne under sunny autumn skies against the backdrop of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands. Over 40 young sailors from Santa Barbara to San Pedro came together in Ventura for two-days of exciting racing showcasing both the fleet's next generation of young rock stars and many for whom this was their first competitive sailing experience.

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Goblin Opti Regatta
October 23-24, 2010
Santa Barbara, California

48 Optimist sailors and their families from throughout Southern California descended on Santa Barbara for the 3rd annual Goblin Optimist Regatta. The two-day event was hosted by Santa Barbara Yacht Club and the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation on the weekend of October 23-24. 28 sailors ranging in age from 9-13 participated in the Championship Fleet on the ocean waters just south of the entrance to the Santa Barbara Harbor. Saturday’s conditions were relatively mild ranging from 6-10 knots most of the day.

Sunday’s conditions weren’t quite as benign as racing started on time in 12 knots with puffs into the upper teens. The breeze continued to build to 20 sustained with puffs to 25 knots . . .

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2010 Summer Wrap Up:
Leiter Cup, CORK & OCR

August 16-19 & 21-25, 2010
CORK, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Sky Adams, Tucker Atterbury and Stephen Long travelled to Kingston, Canada to represent Santa Barbara at the recent CORK International Youth Regatta and, immediately thereafter, Tucker stayed on to crew in the 29erXX at the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta.

All three sailors enjoyed ridiculously successful regattas with Sky finishing 7th out of 74 Laser Radials, Tucker finishing 4th at the helm of a 29er in the 25-boat gold fleet and Stephen collecting a bronze medal on the podium after a third-place finish in the 72-boat Laser Radial Gold Fleet!

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August 16-19 & 21-25, 2010
CORK, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Tucker Atterbury and Stephen Long travelled to Kingston, Canada to represent Santa Barbara at the recent CORK International Youth Regatta and, immediately thereafter, Tucker stayed on to crew in the 29erXX at the CORK Olympic Classes Regatta.

Both sailors enjoyed ridiculously successful regattas with Tucker finishing 4th at the helm of a 29er in the 25-boat gold fleet and Stephen collecting a bronze medal on the podium after a third-place finish in the 72-boat Laser Radial Gold Fleet!

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Jr. Olympic Festival
July 15-18, 2010
Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Santa Barbara Yacht Club hosted the Junior Olympics Sailing Festival on the waters just outside the Santa Barbara Harbor from July 15-18, 2010. 215 junior sailors from all over the west coast competed in six different fleets, including single-handed Optimists, Laser Radials, Lasers, and double-handed CFJs, 420s, and 29ers.

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Summer Laser Clinic
June 12-13, 2010
Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation

The Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation is pleased to announce our Summer Laser Clinic, June 12-13th!

Come kick off the summer sailing season with a two-day instructional event hosted by the SBYSF and directed by former SBYSF head coach David Hochart. The clinic is open to adults as well as juniors, and will cover everything from proper rigging techniques and boat handling to advanced racing strategies and course management.

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J/24 North Americans
May 21-23, 2010
Corinthian Yacht Club, Seattle, Washington

Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation President Pat Toole and his team on Three Big Dogs won the J/24 NAs in Seattle last weekend. Not exactly youth sailing, but still gotta give the prez his props!

Results (sorted by bow number, not finish)

Skiff Fest
May 15-16, 2010
SBYC and SB Youth Sailing Foundation, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Yacht Club and it's Youth Sailing Foundation hosted their annual high-performance sailing event on the weekend of May 15-16 attracting sailors from San Diego to San Francisco . . .

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Cinco de Mayo Regatta/Ullman-Frost #4
May 1-2, 2010
SBYC, SBSC & SBYSF, Santa Barbara

The first day of racing quickly turned into a survival contest, as the wind built throughout the day. We started with about 25 boats on the course, but by the time the first race started a few boats had already retired due to the strong winds. . .

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US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Team Trials
April 29-May 2, 2010
Texas Corinthian YC, Kemah (Houston), Texas

The USODA Team Trials was recently sailed over four steamy days in what was a variety of shifty wind conditions. Adding to the challenges the variable breezes threw at the sailors was the short, steep, choppy seas generated by the 8-10 foot deep waters of Galveston Bay . . .

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High School Pacific Coast Championships
April 17-18, 2010
St. Francis YC, San Francisco, CA

. . . Throughout the day the wind gradually picked up until many boats were seen upside down, this gave all of us a true San Francisco experience, as these conditions are what make the San Francisco Bay a world famous venue. Sailing in the big breeze is nothing we're not used to here in Santa Barbara and most of us brought back some great results in the windier races.

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Optimist Harken Series #2
April 17-18, 2010
San Francisco, Tiburon, California

Miguel Ferreira, Lucas Pierce and Matthew Pierce represented Santa Barbara Yacht Club at the second of four regattas that make up the annual "Harken Series". The two-day affair was hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiburon . . .

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CISA Advanced Racing Clinic
April 8-11, 2010
Alamitos Bay YC, Long Beach, CA

The 33rd Annual CISA Advanced Racing Clinic was held in Long Beach on April 8-11, 2010, with 111 of the best youth sailors from around the country taking part in one of the most strenuous, high-level sailing clinics in the world. With a coaching staff comprised of most of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, the training was intense both on and off the water. Eight youth sailors from Santa Barbara were invited to participate, a very strong turnout and a clear indication of the amount of talent we have here in town.

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Beginnier Opti Clinics
Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation

The Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation hosts a series of beginner Optimist clinics during the spring, and the first two Saturday sessions have gone off without a hitch! Our first clinic was held on March 12 with eight novice sailors on the dock, and our second clinic on April 10 had an even stronger turnout with ten kids learning how to sail in the SBYSF’s Optimist dinghies.

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Gaucho Regatta
March 20-21, 2010
UC Santa Barbara & SBYC

Visitors to Santa Barbara's waterfront on the weekend of March 20-21 were treated to quite a show as nearly 60 High School sailing teams from all over California competed in the annual Gaucho Regatta, hosted by UCSB, SBYC, and the SBYSF

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Optimist Harken Series #1
March 6-7, 2010
California YC, Marina del Rey, California

"It's never like this here" How many times have you heard that at a regatta? Marina del Rey dished a wide variety of conditions over the weekend ranging from an 8-knot easterly building and becoming southerly on Saturday to a 15-knot westerly building to 20+ with HUGE seas on Sunday.

Santa Barbara's "Team Opti Power" swept the podium in Blue Fleet (ages 11-12) with Miguel Ferreira, Quinn Wilson and Lucas Pierce finishing first, second and third respectively.

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Cardinal Regatta
February 27-28, 2010
Hosted by Stanford University

The SBYSF’s high school sailors traveled to San Francisco on the weekend of February 27-28 to compete in the fourth High School Sailing regatta of the year. Hosted by Stanford University, the Cardinal Regatta was run at Stanford’s boathouse in Redwood City, at the south end of the San Francisco Bay. More than 50 teams from all over California participated in the regatta, with our local sailors representing Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara and Laguna Blanca high schools.

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Ullman/Frost #3 & SCYA MidWinters
February 20-21, 2010
Mission Bay YC, San Diego

By John Long

Mission Bay Yacht Club played host for the 81st Annual SCYA Midwinter Regatta. Six Youth Sailing Foundation sailors went down to San Diego to take part in this two day event.

The first day the sailors sailed out in 10-12 knot winds through large threatening waves in the Mission Bay Jetty. . .

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St. Petersburg Valentines Day Regatta
February 6-7, 2010
St. Petersburg Sailing Center, St. Petersburg, Florida

Intro by David Hein,

The United Stated Dinghy Association held their final qualifying regatta for the 2010 US National Team Trials regatta at the St. Pete Yacht Club's Valentines regatta the first weekend of February 2010.

The cold Tampa air provided epic conditions as nearly 250 competitive sailors between the age of 8 and 15 hit the Florida waters to compete for the title of St. Petersburg champion. With racing conditions ranging in wind speed from 15 - 38 knots and temps from 51-67 degrees, these youth sailors proved their mettle as they challenged their abilities, strength and endurance through this awesome sailboat race that will surely be talked about for years to come!

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Olympic Classes Regatta
January 23-30, 2010
US Sailing Center, Miami, Florida

by Oliver Toole

On January 21st, I left for Miami, Florida to compete in the 2010 Miami Olympic Classes regatta held out of Coral Reef Yacht Club. I sailed in the Men's single-handed class (the Laser full rig). I had only sailed 6 days with the larger full-rig, and didn't know what to expect, as this was my first ISAF Grade 1 event.

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Shadden #3 and Harold Adams Team Race Classic
January 30-31, 2010
San Diego Yacht Club

by John Long

On January 30th San Diego Yacht Club hosted the third Shadden in the Shadden Series. The event was well attended by top youth sailors from all over California. Santa Barbara sent two boats to compete in the 54 boat FJ fleet.

The following day the Stephen Long and Soren Wilde teamed up with four other sailors from Balboa, Westlake and San Francisco to compete in the Harold Adams Team Race Classic.

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Oliver Toole and SBYSF alum, Willie McBride
selected US Sailing Development Team

Courtesy of US Sailing

January 11, 2010 (Portsmouth, R.I.) - Forty-eight talented athletes have been named to the 2010 US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), a new, youth pipeline team supported by US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC). The USSDT was created to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level.

In addition to receiving elite-level coaching, guidance and mentoring, the members will benefit from joint training with US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members and other top young sailors from across the United States. The OSC will also support these athletes with shipping and logistical assistance and advice, as well as access to the OSC's Performance Enhancement Team of physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists.

Formerly known as the US Sailing Team - U18 and US Sailing Team - U23, the USSDT is comprised of talented, up-and-coming sailors, aged 13 years or older as of January 1, 2010, who have shown a strong work ethic, willingness to work within a team, and promising results at international events and high-level domestic events. The OSC selected team members from a pool of sailing resumes and proposed training plans for 2010.

Oliver Toole (Santa Barbara) and Hans Henken (Coronado)

Joseph Morris (Annapolis, MD) and Willie McBride (Santa Barbara)

Rose Bowl Recap
January 2-3, 2010
USC & Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

by Duncan Shea

Three High School teams from the Santa Barbara area competed in last weekend's Rose Bowl regatta, hosted by the USC Sailing team and by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Twenty-seven colleges from the East Coast to Hawaii, as well as 54 high school teams from all over California participated in the country's largest combined scholastic sailing competition, with more than 300 sailors rotating off the beach for the A and B fleet races.

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Turkey Day Regatta
November 21-22, 2009
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

by John Long

Eight Santa Barbara sailors went to Alamitos Bay to participate in the Turkey Regatta November 21 and 22. This was the second regatta out of four that comprise the Ulman / Frost Series. There were 40 Laser Radial competitors traveling from San Diego to San Francisco to compete in this event the weekend just prior to Thanksgiving Day. The forecast was for plenty of wind.

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Fall Opti Regatta
November 14-15, 2009
Ventura Yacht Club

Last weekend, November 14-15, Ventura Yacht Club played host to the second of four regattas that will constitute the newly-formed "SoCal Series": Goblin Opti (SBYC), Fall Regatta (VYC), Holiday Regatta (CBYC) and Big Rock Regatta (Morro Bay YC).

The hospitality and organization could not have been better.

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Perry Series #2 (of 4)
November 14-15, 2009
San Diego Yacht Club

By Sky Adams

San Diego Yacht Club hosted the second Perry, a C420 series, on November 14 and 15. The wind was light to medium all weekend, never getting above 13 knots. It shifted right both days, but the left occasionally had more pressure. Two of the Santa Barbara teams, Newt Cutcliffe and Kieron Kavanagh, and Sky Adams and Nick Perez, were new to the boats and made big improvements over the weekend. Tucker Atterbury and Davey McBride finished 13th overall out of thirty six. The weekend was especially festive because we celebrated Nick's16th birthday on Saturday.


Goblin Opti Regatta
October 24-25, 2009
Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Santa Barbara Yacht Club played host to 45 Opti sailors and their families last weekend. The wind gods were not overly-generous, but provided just enough breeze for six races on the Championship Fleet course.

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Shadden Series (1 of 4)
October 4, 2009
California Yacht Club

by Stephen Long

October 4th was the second event in the Shadden series. California Yacht Club hosted this event. Shadden is a CFJ event and we were one of a 53-boat fleet. It was a one-day event, but still lots of fun. At the same time the event was also very challenging. We were sailing in 25 knots of wind with gusts of 30 knots.

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Cressy Elims
September 26-27, 2009
Richmond Yacht Club

Sky Adams is the top woman finisher and Oliver Toole finishes second overall despite an OCS in first race of the no-throwout event.

If you would like to write an article for this event, or have some pictures to share, please contact Duncan.


Optimist Pacific Coast Championships
September 19-20, 2009
San Francisco Yacht Club

Friday practice was fantastic sailing off of Angel Island from 2pm to 6:30pm. We sailed in oscillating wind direction and speed varying from 12-18 knots, and a raging ebb tide making for some tricky waves. The quest for Friday's practice was to work on each sailor's predictive capabilities.

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Sweeping Changes to Opti & FJ Racing Programs Announced
SBYSF Unveils Plan to Broaden Scope of Programs

On Tuesday evening, September 8th, SBYSF Jr. Program Director Duncan Shea, Foundation President Kent Pierce and Opti Program Chair/Coach/Board Member Craig Wilson announced broad changes to the Opti & FJ Programs for the Fall Semester--some of which supersede information previously released on this website and distributed by the Foundation.

In an effort to meet unprecedented demand, SBYSF will be offering three Optimist racing classes instead of the originally scheduled two classes.

Some of this information contradicts information previously posted on this website or otherwise distributed by the Foundation.

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Spanning the Globe
SBYSF Summer Adventures

The red and white burgee of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club logged thousands of miles this summer with some of our youth sailors. Oliver Toole, Sky Adams, Carly Shevitz, Davey McBride and Tucker Atterbury represented SBYC and the SBYSF at prestigious regattas on the East Coast as well as in Europe.

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Semana Nautica & US Sabot High Point Regattas
Santa Barbara Seashell Association and Santa Barbara Yacht Club
June 27 & 28, 2009

US Sabot and Laser sailors of all sizes and ages enjoyed two great days of challenging and fun sailing over a breezy two-day regatta.

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New Dock Launched!
Base of Marina One, SB Youth Sailing Foundation HQ
June 12, 2009

Over 100 Foundation sailors and supporters gathered on the new Youth Sailing Foundation dock Friday evening, June 12 for an impromptu load test. The engineering team speculated that if the dock could survive the festivities, it would probably last another 25 years.

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Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation
Hires Junior Program Director

SBYSF is pleased to announce that, beginning June 3, 2009, Duncan Shea will be joining the staff of the Youth Sailing Foundation as Jr. Program Director. Duncan will oversee all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and its programs. His responsibilities will include overseeing the summer coaching staff, handling all registration and associated accounting, responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the Foundation's assets and coaching the High School, Jr. Sailing Team and Middle School programs starting this Fall.

Duncan will also assist Dana Jones in Dana's continuing role as SBYC Race Director.
Duncan was born and raised in Santa Barbara and sailed in both the Seashell and Youth Foundation programs. He sailed on the San Marcos HS Sailing Team before graduating in 2004. Duncan is a recent graduate of UCLA, earning a BA in political science.

Please join the SBYSF Board in welcoming Duncan to this new role!

Harken Optimist Series (3 of 4)
Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, San Pedro, May 23-24, 2009

Article coming Soon.

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Skiff Fest
Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Santa Barbara, California
May 16-17, 2009

This year's Skiff Fest featured two fleets, the International 14 and 29er. While the wind remained under 6 knots for the majority of the event, eight races were completed.

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USODA ("Opti") Team Trials
Noroton Yacht Club, Darien, Connecticut
April 30-May 3, 2009

The Opti Team Trials is the qualifying event for the US National Youth Sailing Team and the US Youth Development Team. It is also the regatta that determines the sailors that represent the United States at the IODA World Championships, North American Championships, the British Nationals and the European Championships. Top five are awarded the opportunity to sail for the US team at World's.

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Cinco de Mayo Regatta/Ullman Frost
Santa Barbara Sailing Club, Santa Barbara, California
April 18-19, 2009

Laser sailors from around Southern California came to Santa Barbara for the Cinco de Mayo Regatta, the last of four regattas in the Ullman/Frost series. We saw both ends of the wind spectrum over the weekend, with twenty knots on Saturday and less than five on Sunday.

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High School Pacific Coast Championships
Mission Bay, San Diego
April 18-19, 2009

On April 18 & 19, our three high school teams (Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos and Laguna Blanca) traveled to San Diego for the High School Pacific Coast Championships (PCC's) held on Mission Bay.

It was an excellent weekend on several fronts as conditions were an idyllic 10-12 building to 15 knots each afternoon and everyone had a chance to sail-very little "riding the pine" in this one!

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Gaucho Regatta
Hosted by UCSB & SBYC, March 21-22, 2009

Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos High School Sailors Qualify for
Pacific Coast Championships

Last weekend the top high school sailors from 28 high schools from California and Hawaii descended on Santa Barbara for the Gaucho Regatta. The Gaucho is the 5th in a series, and the one with a reputation for providing lots of wind and challenging seas. This year’s event did not disappoint.

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Harken Optimist Series (1 of 4)
California Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, March 7-8, 2009

The ramp up to the Optimist National Championships this summer appears to have started in earnest as over 50 Opti sailors from throughout the western United States descended on Marina del Rey for the first of four events billed as the "Harken Series". 52 boats competed in the two-day event hosted by California Yacht Club on the weekend of March 7-8. 37 boats sailed in the Championship Fleet and 15 in the Green Fleet.

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Opti Midwinters West
Los Angeles Yacht Club, February 14-15, 2009

Santa Barbara was extremely well represented at the inaugural "Opti Midwinters West" Regatta on the weekend of February 14-15. Four Santa Barbara sailors were in attendance: one in each of the championship fleet age-group divisions and one in the "Green Fleet".

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Oliver Toole Named to US Sailing Team U18
One of our own to be part of Olympic Developmental Squad

Portsmouth, R.I. (January 6, 2009) – Thirty-five youth sailors have been selected for the newly-launched US Sailing Team – Under 18 (U18) and US Sailing Team – Under 23 (U23), US SAILING announced today. These talented athletes have been identified as future Olympic prospects, and US SAILING is dedicated to guiding them from youth programs to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program. US SAILING will provide the US Sailing Team – U18 and US Sailing Team – U23 with elite-level coaching, as well as educational, administrative and logistical support throughout the year.

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2009 Rose Bowl Regatta
January 3-4
University of Southern California & Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
Long Beach, California

Southern Californians have perfected tailgate parties and winning football games during the first week of the year and the sailing community took a cue from Trojan and Chargers fans. While USC head coach Mike Segerblom and his volunteers from Alamitos Bay Yacht Club hosted 24 college sailing teams and over 40 high school sailing teams in the Rose Bowl Regatta, hundreds of parents and students lined the shore of Alamitos Bay for two days of so-cal-iz-ing.

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2009 Orange Bowl Regatta
December 26-30, 2008
Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami Florida

Santa Barbarians Hanna Vincent, Oliver Toole, Tucker Atterbury, Davie McBride, Carly Shevitz and Annie Rossi trekked across the great expanses of the US of A to compete in the annual Orange Bowl Regatta--arguably the largest collection of youth sailing talent assembled in the United States each year.

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Hot Chocolate Clinic & Regatta and
Beginner Opti Clinics Dates Announced

Santa Barbara Yacht Club, SBYSF and the SB Seashell Association will again be hosting a one-day clinic and regatta for area US Sabot sailors on Sunday, January 25, 2009.
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The Foundation's ever-popular Beginner Opti Clinics will resume on February 21, 2009.
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Anteater Regatta
UC Irvine & Newport Harbor YC
December 13-14, 2008


Goblin Optimist Regatta
Santa Barbara Sailing Club, Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation and Santa Barbara Yacht Club
October 25-26, 2008

Twenty-seven Optis descended on Santa Barbara for the first significant Optimist regatta in the history of Santa Barbara. Due to both the efforts of the organizing authorities and the overwhelming enthusiasm and support of the Cabrillo Beach, Marina del Rey and Morro Bay Optimist Fleets, the last-minute event could be considered nothing short of a huge success!

More pictures added November 3, 2008!

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National High School Singlehanded Championship
for the Cressy Trophy
Cornell University & Hobart William Smith Colleges
Merrill Family Sailing Center
October 17-19, 2008

On Oct 16, I set off for Ithaca, New York to compete in the High School Single Handed National Championships, known as Cressy. This event features the best Laser sailors from high schools across the United States and was hosted by Cornell University and Hobart and William Smith colleges. I represented Santa Barbara High School in a Laser radial. There were 18 laser radials as well as 18 full rigs competing.

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US Sabot High-Point #3
Del Rey Yacht Club, October 18, 2008

Two young sailors ventured south to represent Santa Barbara at Saturday's US Sabot High Point #3 graciously hosted by Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

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Sea Otter Regatta
Monterey Bay, October 11-12, 2008

The 2008 Sea Otter Regatta was held on Monterey Bay October 11-12. Forty-seven teams raced, with 27 in the Gold fleet and 20 in the Silver fleet. Saturday was consistently windy, steady 15 knots from the NW with up to 20 knot puffs and 6-8' swells.

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Shadden Series #2
California Yacht Club, October 5, 2008

It was a beautiful, sunny day with light winds for the second regatta of the Shadden series held on October 5. The host was the Cal Yacht club in Marina Del Rey. It was a strong fleet of 50 CFJ's and there were six sailors representing the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation. Sky Adams and Nicholas Perez took 10th place, Tucker Atterbury and Davey McBride took 16th, and Annie Rossi and Parker Jellison took 25th. The first race began with four general recalls and several more came later throughout the day. The yacht club ran four races.

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2008/09 High School & Middle School Orientation Meeting
September 8th at Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Mark your calendars. SBYF will be holding its annual orientation meeting for families interested in participating in the High School or Middle School Programs for 2008/2009. Topics covered will include practice schedules, regatta schedules, what to expect, travel logistics, registration, etc. Come with all of your questions.

The meeting will start at 6:00 pm on Monday, September 8th. See you there!

Laser District 25 Championship
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, August 30-31

On August 30th, nine Santa Barbara Youth Foundation sailors made the trip down to Long Beach to compete in the District 25 Championships. Held out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, this end of summer regatta featured ten fleets ranging from the high speed Formula 18 Catamarans, to the Laser Radial.
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Aug. 9-10, Santa Barbara Yacht Club & Santa Barbara Seashell Association

Santa Barbara Seashell Association and Santa Barbara Yacht Club served as co-hosts for the US Sabot National Championship on the weekend of August 9-10, 2008. 48 young skippers representing various yacht clubs from Redondo Beach, Marina del Rey, Westlake, Channel Islands Harbor or Santa Barbara participated in three separate classes based on experience.
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U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship
for the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy
Sky Adams Brings Home Bronze Medal!

Our own Sky Adams will step off the plane a few pounds heavier than when she left for Michigan as she'll be weighted down by a bronze medal from a US Sailing National Championship hanging securely around her neck. Sky finished third in the 47-boat fleet sailing in a wide variety of conditiions over the ten-race series.
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2008 ISAF Youth World Championships & 29er Europeans
Cody's Excellent European Adventura

by Cody Shevitz

This year, while the summer Youth Foundation sessions were going in full swing I had the honor of taking a distinctive approach to a summer of sailing. I boarded a 747 with the other members of the youth U.S. Sailing team and headed to Copenhagen, to compete in the 2008 ISAF Youth World Championships.
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July 25-27, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, California
Local Sailors Oliver Toole and Travis Benton Win Convincingly

Sixty-one youth teams, their families and coaches from throughout Southern California converged on Santa Barbara for the annual National Championship of the Club Flying Junior ("CFJ") National Championship. The event was hosted by the Santa Barbara Yacht Club beginning Friday, July 25 and ending Sunday, July 27. Seven races were completed over the three-day period in a variety of conditions.
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July 18-20, Stanford Sailing Center, Redwood City, California

Vincent/Shevitz & Atterbury/McBride Represent Santa Barbara

Forty-three top teams from across the U.S. competed in the 2008 Club 420 Association Championship regatta July 18-20 at the Stanford Sailing center in Redwood City, CA. Ten races were completed over the three-day event in classic San Francisco Bay conditions: 15-20 knots for most races, with a few sailed in 20-25, accompanied by huge chop and tidal surge.
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U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship -
Sausalito, Calif. July 8-12, 2008

Two Santa Barbara Junior Women Participate in National Event

Thirty-three teams from across the country arrived spent a week at the Sausalito Yacht Club preparing for and competing in the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship. A 2-day advanced clinic was followed by 3-days of racing. Relatively light winds, fog and flat seas for the clinic days were followed by “raging waters” conditions with 12-25 knot winds and chop, putting everyone’s abilities and endurance to the test. Ten races were completed over the three intense days.
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SBYF's Sky Adams Attends US Naval Academy Racing Clinic
Advanced Racing in Laser Radials

In mid-June, Sky participated in the U.S. Naval Academy's Advanced Radial Clinic in Annapolis, Maryland with 17 other sailors from the mid-west and east coast.
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Junior Olympic Sailing Festival; California Yacht Club -
Marina del Rey, CA July 10-13, 2008

Santa Barbara Sailors Dominate Laser Radial Fleet

U.S. Sailing's Junior Olympics attracted over 100 youth sailors from Southern California, competing in Lasers, Laser Radials, 420s and CFJs. The event consisted of a one-day clinic on Thursday followed by three days of racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Santa Monica Bay. The winners of the Laser and 420 classes qualified for the US Sailing’s Single (Symthe) and Doublehanded (Bemis) National Championships. .
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2008 Summer Program--Enrolling Now!
Space is limited, so sign up now

This year's summer program promises to be among the best ever. Don't wait to sign up. Programs are available for children of all abilities, from the first-time beginner to the Olympic aspirant.
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Youth Foundation Announces 2008 Summer Staff

SBYF is excited to unveil its coaching staff for the 2008 Summer Sailing Program. The Foundation has never fielded a larger nor more diverse staff. Meet our team by clicking on the link that follows.
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SBYC & US Sailing to Host Level One Instructor Course
This course is highly recommended for all coaches and jr. instructors

SBYC and US Sailing will host a Level 1 Instructor Training course June 12 through 15, 2008. This certification is required for SBYF coaches and highly recommended for anyone who works or volunteers coaching sailing. Our class will be placed on US Sailing’s web calendar on Monday, May 19, and you can use their website (see below) to register. If you are already signed up for another Level 1 class, please contact Dana Jones for instructions on how to switch to the local event.
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SBYF Sailors Compete at US Opti Team Trials
Dane & Quinn's Excellent Adventure

We arrived at the Annapolis Sailing School in the early afternoon after spending an hour or so at the hotel readying the new sails. We met the rest of the team at the Annapolis Sailing School and rigged for a short, late afternoon sail.
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Ullman Frost Series Wraps Up at Cinco de Mayo Regatta
Santa Barbara sailors take five of the top fifteen places

Santa Barbara Sailing Club's Cinco de Mayo Regatta served as the host event for not only two days of great Laser sailing, but also for the fourth of four events making up the Ullman Frost Series in Laser Radials and for the Area J qualifier for US Sailings Single-Handed Championship (the "O'Day Trophy). Santa Barbara Yacht Club provided race management and logistical support for the Laser Fleets.
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Area High Schools Fare-Well at Pacific Coast Championships
San Marcos and Santa Barbara narrowly miss berth to National Championships

Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara and San Marcos High Schools all qualified for the Pacific Coast Championhsips after finishing the season in the top 20 of the state's schools. The PCC's were held on Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20 in cold and windy conditions at San Francisco's Treasure Island Sailing Center.
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Santa Barbara Well-Represented at CISA Clinic
Oliver Toole and Willie McBride Capture Gold in I420 Fleet

Sky Adams (Laser Radial), Travis Benton (C420), Cody Shevitz (Laser), Oliver Toole (I420), Willie McBride (I420) and Carly Shevitz (C420) all traveled to Long Beach to represent Santa Barbara at the prestigious California Interscholastic Sailing Association clinic and regatta.
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Gaucho Regatta Lives Up to Windy Tradition
All Three Local High School Sailing Teams Qualify for the Pacific Coast Championships

Year after year the local installment of Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association Sponsored High School Sailing (PCISA) has lived up to a long tradition: plenty of wind, swells and chop.
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Bishop HS to Start High School Sailing Team
Bishop Garcia Diego High School is starting a sailing team! This new sport will allow Bishop High School students to take advantage of living close to the ocean. Sailing is a physical and mental activity. It teaches you strategy, self-reliance, responsibility, teamwork and sportsmanship.
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Women's Laser Radial North American Championships
Sky Adams flew to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to test herself against some of North America's best women Laser sailors. Hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club on February 14-16, Sky had and excellent event and shares her story here.
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Shadden Series Finale, March 1-2, ABYC, Long Beach
A diverse and representitive group of SBYF sailors and their families went south for the fourth of four Shadden Series events. A top girls team, a top boys team and a team representing future rockstars sailed CFJ's in this two-day event hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach. Head Coach David Hochart.
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