High School Sailing

Nor Cal Regatta Hosted by Sausalito YCPractice Day

Sausalito Yacht Club is proud to host the Tamalpais High School sailing team.  The team practices Tuesday through Friday and attends both local and regional events throughout the entire school year.  The team is always looking for new sailors whether you have experience or not.  We strongly encourage those without any sailing experience to enroll in our Summer Sailing Classes so you can learn the basics before the season starts.  For information about our Summer Programs click HERE.

For more information, race schedule and race results for the Tamalpais High School Sailing Team please read information below and visit the team website.

Important Documents

Code of Conduct  Code of Conduct Agreement

Tam High Club Waiver  TamSailingWaiver.2014

SYC Medical and Release Waiver  https://sausalitoyachtclub.org/youth-sailing/forms/

Team Calendar  CALENDAR


Tam High Sailing – Parent and Team Information
Welcome to the 2014-2015 Tam High School Sailing season. As in previous years we will be offering two levels of sailing programs for students. The main goal of the team is to introduce students on our Junior Varsity team to the sport of sailing, while also creating a very competitive team who will attempt to qualify for national championships at the Varsity level. A rigorous practice and regatta schedule will be the emphasis for the Varsity team while JV members will be learning the basic intricacies of sailing.

High School Sailing Outline – Designed to get kids involved in the sport
– Treated just like any other sport and sports team
– No experience necessary, just need a willingness to learn new things
– This is not the sport you join because you can’t play other sports
– Different from other sports, all day events not two hour games
– Year round sport
Varsity vs. Junior Varsity – Varsity team is for returning sailors
– JV team is for new sailors with little to no experience
– If you have previous experience you can be moved up to Varsity within the first couple weeks of practices
– Spring season all sailors are on Varsity
How High School Sailing Works – A team may have as many sailors on their team as they want
– Two sailors sail in a boat at a time
– When traveling to events…
*Nor Cal Regattas- local events
A team can send as many boats/teams as they can, two sailors in a boat all day for each race. Can rotate sailors if desired.
*PCISA Regattas
Gold Fleet team and a Silver Fleet team
2 sailors sail for their team in each fleet for 2 races then they come to shore and rotate two other team mates in for two races.
Schedule Practices
– Varsity practices Tuesday, and Thursday; after school until 6:00.
– JV practices Wednesdays and Fridays; after school until 5:45.
Regattas a.k.a Game Day!
– See Calendar
– 6 Nor Cal events, local & 3 Nor Cal Divisional Regattas
– 5 PCISA events, travel in Monterey Bay, Newport Beach, Long Beach, San Francisco, Santa Barbara
– 1 single handed qualifyer in Long Beach
– 1 Nor Cal Championships in San Francisco
– 1 Silver Championships in San Francisco
– 1 Gold Championships Long Beach
– PCISA Championships (have to qualify)

Attendance and Commitment

Participants are not required to attend a minimum or maximum number of practices and regattas.  The coach understands that students are involved in a lot of different activities and that homework/schoolwork comes first.  What it comes down to is; as a coach, if you don’t come to practice and regattas then I can’t help you get better and improve your skills.  If a student is interested in learning how to be ‘a sailor’ then they need to make a personal commitment to make sure they can be at practices and the family needs to make a commitment of getting sailors to regattas.  Top sailors (Varsity) are expected to attend all practices and be prepared to travel to all events even though that may not be the case come regatta selection time.  Like all sports, practice makes perfect!

For those students interested in being on JV:  you do not need prior sailing experience although it is very helpful.  Just as with the Varsity team JV team members are expected to be at all practices (twice a week), but the coach understands when things come up.  Just note that the coach cannot make you a better sailor if you don’t attend practices and regattas. 

Regatta Commitment:

Varsity Team members should have all PCISA, Nor Cal Divisional, and Nor Cal 1 Day event on their calendars.  Travel teams are selected about a month before each event.  Depending on the event 12-6 Sailors are chosen to attend regattas.

JV Team members should have all Nor Cal 1 Day events on their calendars.  These regattas are local events around the bay area.  We will try and send 4-6 sailors to each event.

Choosing who sails

Size Matter

Choosing Pairs – Nor cal Regattas will be treated more like practice regattas. We will aim to bring as many sailors as possible and try our best to provide equal sailing time for everyone. Weather is a big factor in how many sailors we can rotate in throughout the day.
*Sailors will be asked if they can attend a regatta about a month in advance. Coaches will then decide who sails with who for that event.
– PCISA regattas are our Game Days- we want to perform! We will aim to bring the strongest team possible, with alternates for varying wind conditions. Roster and sailing time at these regattas will be based on performance and attendance at practices as well as daily conditions. It is always possible that a sailor attending a PCISA regatta will see little to no sailing time depending on the conditions. It doesn’t mean they aren’t an important part of the team that day/weekend.
There will be 4 sailors+alternate sailors chosen for the Gold Team and 4 sailors+alternate chosen for the Silver Team for each event.
– The size of sailors plays an important role in a boats success while competing. In light air you want a skipper/crew team to weigh about 240(or less) combined. In heavy air you want a skipper/crew combo to weigh about 260 combined.
– This means we always want to bring a variety of sizes to regattas so we have options depending on that day’s weather conditions.
– Pairs will be carefully thought out based on skill level and personality type, and body type. You will be sailing with the person that we find you to be most compatible with for the best results, as well as learning experience and room for growth. Who you think you should be sailing with or prefer to sail with is a low priority in the decision process.

Proper Gear
Suggested Items – As in most sports being a sailor requires proper gear to perform.
– All sailors must have a Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket, close toed shoes that can get wet, clothes to sail in for warm weather and cold weather. Avoid Cotton!
– Girls tend to wear running tights (fleece lined when cold) or wetsuit pants, dry shirt or rash guard tops and a spray jacket. Other spray gear is helpful when cold. Gloves also help and a wool beanie.
– Boys tend to wear board shorts with spray pants, dry shirts, and spray tops.

To be a participant on the team

-$850 for Varsity members
This includes: practice 2 days a week, use of boats, boat parts and maintenance, fuel for coach boats, boat transportation to regattas/towing mileage reimbursement, coaching at regattas, club’s travel expenses, high level of sailing instruction
– $575 for Junior Varsity members
This includes: practice 2 times per week (except for a few Fridays), use of boats, boat parts and maintenance, fuel for coach boats, club’s travel expenses, coaching at regattas, high level of sailing instruction.

* Make checks out to ‘Sausalito Yacht Club’

Other Expenses
– Gear (as listed above)
– Regatta registration; can range from $20 per sailor to $200 for a team to enter the event (cost then divided between number of sailors attending)
– Travel Expenses (mostly for Varsity Sailors); can include hotel costs, flight/travel costs, splitting chaperones expenses, meal costs and average around $500 per event.

Seem Expensive?   “The money I spend for my son to be on this team is worth every penny!  The experience he has had and the friends he has made compares to no other activity he has been involved in.  Being a part of this team has taught him independence, made him a self thinker, and given him” – Parent of Varsity Sailor

Parent Involvement/Chaperoning

Other – Parents can be as involved or not involved as they like, but those parents who do get involved and learn about how high school sailing works will have more successful sailors.
– We strongly encourage new parents to get involve, attend regattas, and learn the ropes!
– For big travel regattas we encourage 1-2 parents chaperone the students attending the event. Chaperones travel costs are split amongst the team members who travel to the event. I’ve put together a list of what chaperones are responsible for. Please read this before signing up.
– If you enjoy doing fundraisers and would like to help please let us know!
– No parents are allowed on coach boats.
– We encourage parents to attend the Nor Cal local regattas to watch their kids sail and check out the action.
– Trailering boats; we are always in need of parents with tow vehicles! If you have one let me know. Sign up for a regatta to tow to.

Communications – I communicate mostly by e-mail
– I find it very important to keep parents in the loop
– Feel free to call or e-mail me any time with concerns or questions

What will my child get out of being on the sailing team? – Learn the values of team work, independence, confidence, and good competition.
– Sailing is a unique sport that once learned you can participate in for the rest of your life.
– Great for college resumes! Many colleges throughout the US have college sailing teams.
– Meet hundreds of new friends at regattas.

What do I need for my child to start participating? – Payment
– Medical Waiver and Release Forms
– Lifejacket
– Proper sailing gear
– Tam High Club Waiver
– Code of Conduct form (will review with students at first day of practice)
Rides to Practice – Some students drive and have cars
– We can set up a meeting place on campus and then fill cars from there.
– If you prefer your student doesn’t ride with another student you need to arrange a ride for them.

Coaches Contact Information:
Renee DeCurtis
Youth Sailing Director
(I will give out my cell number to students once they officially join)

Yacht Club Website sausalitoyachtclub.org
PCISA www.pcisa.org
ISSA www.hssailing.org