Development Team

Registration Opens on February 1st


The Development Team is for beginning and novice racers who want to learn more about racing techniques. The team has capacity for 20 sailors, ages 7 to 17, who will sail Optimists and Lasers.   


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The team will meet on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for practice at the club or to attend area regattas. Sailors will travel with parents to regattas, and parents are responsible for transporting the Optis/Lasers and coach boats. Most regattas are in the southern bay. Because of the age differences of the team members, practices may be divided into two groups. The coaches will support the sailors during regattas.

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Attendence at practices and regattas is not mandatory. While the Development program is designed to build a competitive race team, it is our goal that the sailors have a fun, safe, friendly, and age-appropriate environment to reach their full potential. Sailors typically spend a season or two on the Development Team before moving to the Opti or Laser Race Team. 

All registrants must have prior approval of the Junior Division Commander (

Prerequisite: participants are required to have completed Beginner and at least one Intermediate Opti Class during Junior Week, or the equivalent sailing experience. Racing experience is not required.

To register, please follow the Registration link on the navigation bar.

Development Team Schedule

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mid-June through the beginning of August   Thursday - Sunday
Regatta Schedule   Optional

Development Team 


Team Coordinator:   Steve Utley
Coaches:   Josh Bendura, Josh Almany, Eleanor Patterson
Online Registration:   Opens Feb. 1







Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Office Mail: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, 2711 Buford Road #309, Bon Air, 23235,
Clubhouse Address: 1525 Fishing Bay Road, Deltaville, VA 23043 (no mail delivery)

Phone Numbers: Club House 804-776-9636

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