Youth Sailing Gets a Boost with New Inter-Club Regatta
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - Youth sailing seems to have the wind in its sails these days and opportunities for youths to learn to sail and race are increasing. Just one year from today, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will open, and the US Sailing Team will be competing. With young stars like Paris Henken, age 19 and Helena Scutt, age 22, there is sure to be a lot of attention being paid to the sport.
Building on the Treasure Coast’s abundance of elementary and high school sailing teams, four organizations have banded together to offer an inter-club regatta series. US SAILING Center - Martin County (USSCMC) along with Treasure Coast Youth Sailing Foundation (TCYSF), Youth Sailing Association of Indian River County (YSF) and Palm Beach Sailing Club (PBSC) are excited to announce the region’s first ever inter-club regatta, the Treasure Coast Optimist Series.
The Treasure Coast Optimist Series will encourage youth sailors from the entire Treasure Coast and surrounding areas to race together on a consistent basis so that they can improve their racing skills. The Optimist (Opti) is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. Each club will host their fall regatta as usual, and those scores will be included into the series score. In addition to the two fall regattas, USSCMC will host three Sunday afternoon regattas from Noon-4 PM to complete the series. There will be two divisions for the series, a gold and silver fleet, which will be based on the sailor’s experience.
SERIES DATES ARE:
- TCYSF (Fort Pierce) Sunday, September 27 – Parker Whitehead Regatta
- USSCMC (Jensen Beach) Sunday, October 11, 12 PM
- USSCMC (Jensen Beach) Sunday, November 1, 12 PM
- PBSC (Palm Beach) Sunday, November 15 - Fall Festival Regatta
- USSCMC (Jensen Beach) Sunday, November 22, 12 PM
USSCMC will award trophies for each division for the series, including a perpetual trophy for the series champion. The series entry fee will be $30.
Additional information can be found at: www.usscmc.org
About USSCMC: US SAILING Center - Martin County (USSCMC) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit community sailing center offering recreational, competitive and learn-to-sail opportunities for youth and adults of all ages.