The WBSS summer racing team program is designed for youth sailors who want to use their sailing skills in competitions. All that your child needs is the interest and the appropriate skills. You do not need to own a boat. (Many of the 420 sailors do not own their own boat, but most of the Opti, Laser and X-Boat racers either own or charter a boat from the sailing school for the summer).
Participation in the summer sailing program is open to any youth sailor with sufficient experience. Our staff can help you determine if your child is ready for our racing teams, but in general, completion of our Learn To Race program, or experience on a high school sailing team, would give sailors enough experience to participate in our summer race teams. If your child does not have these experiences, enroll them in the Learn to Race program where they can practice with the sailing teams in addition to learning the rules of racing and skills to race. By the middle of the summer they will be ready to race!
Summer Race Team members practice 4 days per week, Monday – Thursday. Attendance at practices is encouraged, but not required. Most racers sign up for practices all summer (June – August), but it is possible to register for either a first 1/2 session or a 2nd 1/2 session. Practices run about 3 hours per day in the late afternoon (see registration for exact times).
Sailors race on Fridays in the youth summer sailing series organized by Twin Cities Youth Sailing (TCYS). These events are held at Twin Cities area lakes: White Bear Lake, Minnetonka, Calhoun, and the St Croix River. Participation in these events is encouraged but not required. Friday regattas start at 8AM (registration) and are usually finished by 4 PM.
Some sailors choose to also participate in regattas outside of the TCYS series. These often require travel beyond Minnesota.
If you have more questions about the racing program or if your child is ready for racing, contact your child's sailing instructor or the WBSS waterfront director.