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2015 FBYC JUNIOR PROGRAM
"My sailing adventures with FBYC race team have been the best experiences of my life. I have gained confidence in myself and done things I never thought I could do. I learned to be a better team player, helping and encouraging my teammates. I can't wait for this summer's sailing season. I feel the best when I am in my boat, moving with the wind!"
The FBYC Junior Division’s primary goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for junior sailors to reach their full potential. The program has continued to evolve and grow through the years. Its success is due to the continued commitment of the Board of Trustees to develop and support a top level program, including investment in world-class coaches, commitment from parents and other club members, and the dedication of our young sailors. Many of our juniors begin sailing at FBYC at the age of five in Opti Kids, and continue to develop their skills through the years in various Junior Week classes and eight separate race teams. Many continue to sail and compete at the college and adult level, and return to give back to the program. Last year ten families participated in our program with members who had sailed as juniors in our club for as many as three generations, encompassing a span of 55 years of junior sailing on Fishing Bay. This tradition and long term commitment to excellence produces young sailors whose skills and sportsmanship are respected at every level of competition across the Chesapeake Bay and beyond, including national regattas in which our teams participated in recent years in Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia and Canada. We routinely host major regattas, including in recent years the Opti Atlantic Coast Championships, Opti Nationals, and numerous Commonwealth of Virginia Championships. In 2015 we will host the USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and Chesapeake Bay Open.
The Junior Division is divided into three organizational sections: education, racing, and support. At FBYC, parents and grandparents are invited and encouraged to join in the fun and participate as volunteers both on the water and on shore. Our philosophy is that if kids have fun sailing with their friends, they will come back for more! Last year 222 individual juniors, both members and non-members, participated in our various events.
Junior Division Equipment
FBYC has continued to purchase and upgrade the boats and equipment utilized by the Junior Division. All of the boats and equipment are available for use by adult members and other Divisions when not in use by the Junior Division. The Opti is the principle junior training boat for the club. The club currently owns numerous transport trailers, 20 Optis, 4 Lasers, 7 Club 420s, 3 RIBS, and 3 outboard powerboats for junior coaches; as well as larger powerboats utilized for regattas and Junior Week. The Junior Division maintains a dedicated building for storage of rigging, racing flags, and marks; maintains a rental cottage to house its coaches; and leases vehicles as needed to transport equipment and personnel to regattas.
Safety is the foremost component of a strong junior sailing program. In 2012, Junior Division volunteers authored and adopted for use a Safety Manual and Risk Management Policy. This document governs most aspects of FBYC’s junior sailing program. A copy of this document is provided to all coaches, instructors, staff, parents, and junior participants prior to involvement in the program.
2015 Junior Events
Spring Opti Race Team & Spring Laser Race Team
The teams will train and attend regattas on weekends under the supervision of a professional coach on a per diem basis. March through May.
Private Sailing Lessons
The Junior Division offers private lessons taught by the Opti Development Team coaches in club-owned Optis, Lasers, and Club 420s. The lessons are tailored to meet the needs of young sailors and adults, from beginners to advanced. May through August.
Weekend educational program for our youngest beginning sailors; offered on two consecutive weekends in early summer. The program is designed to introduce young children to sailing in a safe and fun environment, and to engender a love of the water and sailing. Parent participation is required. Ages 5 to 8. June 13-14 and June 20-21.
Week-long sailing day camp offering classes for beginners to experienced racers. Classes include Beginning Opti, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate Opti I through III, Opti Racing, Advanced Opti Racing, Beginning Laser Racing, Advanced Laser Racing, Club 420 Racing, and Group Sailing in keelboats. Classes are taught by professional coaches, US Sailing Instructors, and experienced volunteers. Nightly entertainment is included, and will include an ice cream social, pool party with hotdogs and a professional youth rock band, a sail-a-thon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a catered cook-out. Ages 6 to 18. June 22 through 26.
Opti Development Team
Race team devoted to teaching novice sailors and beginning racers the fundamentals of racing, including boat speed and handling, tactics and strategy, whistle and flag starts, and mark rounding. The team is coached by college-level sailors, often graduates of our junior program, who will concentrate on building confidence and taking young sailors to the next level of sailing in a safe and fun environment. The team will practice or attend regattas Thursdays through Sundays, and no sessions are mandatory. Regattas are centered in the Southern Bay where overnight stays are unnecessary, and will include junior regattas at Ware River Yacht Club, Rappahannock River Yacht Club, Hampton Yacht Club, and our two summer regattas: the Commonwealth of Virginia Junior Championship and the Annual One-Design. Ages 7 to 15. (The team may be subdivided based on age.) June 26 through August 15.
Laser Development Team
New this year is the Laser Development Team! It is intended as an introduction to the Laser, and as a bridge between the Opti and Laser Race Teams. It is appropriate for any junior who is new to the Laser Radial, no matter their racing experience. Approx. ages 12 to 18. (The team may be subdivided based on age.) June 26 through August 15.
Opti Race Team
Advanced race team for experienced Opti racers, coached this year by two world-class professional coaches. The team will practice or attend regattas six full days a week and travel across the Chesapeake Bay concentrating on CBYRA Corum Cup high point regattas. The team will also attend large national and regional USODA events outside the Chesapeake Bay area. Significant travel is required. The coaches will concentrate on individualized instruction centered on advanced racing techniques in preparation for top-level competition. Ages 10 to 15. June 13 through August 15.
Laser Race Team
Advanced race team for experienced Laser racers coached by a world-class professional coach. The team will practice or attend regattas six full days a week and travel across the Chesapeake Bay concentrating on CBYRA Corum Cup high point regattas. The team will also attend large national and regional regattas outside the Chesapeake Bay area. Significant travel is required. The coach will concentrate on individualized instruction centered on advanced racing techniques and preparation for top-level competition. Ages 12 to 18. June 13 through August 15.
Afternoon of family fun on the club’s boats! Activities will include fun races, a scavenger hunt, and a harbor cruise, followed by pizza at the pool. Open to all ages. July 11.
USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival - Chesapeake Bay Open
This year FBYC will host the Chesapeake Bay Junior Olympics the Saturday and Sunday following Junior Week. This is a high points regatta for the CBYRA Junior High Points. Teams are expected from across the East Coast. We encourage all Junior Week sailors to attend, and we will offer a Green Fleet seminar and on-the-water coaching for novice racers (and their nervous parents!) making that first scary step into regatta racing. Additional classes will include Red, White, and Blue Opti Divisions, Lasers, and Club 420s. Open to all juniors. June 27-28. (Please visit the FBYC website, www.fbyc.net, for the NOR and on-line registration.)
Annual One-Design Regatta
All FBYC Race Teams and juniors will participate, as well as many juniors from other clubs across the Bay. We will support Opti Green, Red, White and Blue Divisions, Lasers, and Club 420s. August 9-10. (Please visit the FBYC website for the NOR and on-line registration.)
Fall Opti Race Team & Fall Laser Race Team
The teams will train and attend regattas on weekends under the supervision of a professional coach on a per diem basis. September through November.
*Register on-line for all Junior Division Events at www.fbyc.net .
Junior Travel Regattas
Fishing Bay Yacht Club’s Junior Race Teams will travel to junior regattas at host clubs throughout the Chesapeake Bay during the summer months, concentrating on CBYRA High Points Regattas. The Laser and Opti Race Teams will make extended, overnight trips, while the Opti Development Team will visit clubs which usually do not require overnight stays. In addition, the Laser and Opti Race Teams will travel to larger national regattas.
For complete details on Junior Regattas go to:
"Fostered by competition and committed to coming back by the times had with friends on the road and at Fishing Bay, I was able to compete and win at the top of college racing. With my love for sailing fueled by my memories of time spent on and off the water as a junior, I spent 1000 days on the water over the past four years. Competition brought me to the regattas and practices; friends are the reason I always come back."
"The only way you see real competition is to participate in a national or regional event. My first national event was in 1993 Laser Radial Nationals in Miami. It was a real eye-opener because although you may be the big cheese at your yacht club or even on the Bay, there's a bigger fishbowl you can't forget about."
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