Racing skills are honed through daily practices and the CBI weekly racing series. The team competes in regattas at sailing centers throughout the area. The race team works as a group to fund-raise to help offset the cost of travel regattas and improve equipment. They also participate in weekly maintenance projects to keep equipment ship-shape and fast. Race team members must have their Laser and 420 rating or have prior experience racing in a different program.
If your junior sailor is new to CBI but has prior racing experience, and they would like to join the race team, please contact the Race Coach, Niko Kotsatos at [email protected].
Please see calendar below for practice, race and regatta schedule:
Race Days & Regattas
Racing at CBI falls broadly into four categories: 1) racing in practice is unscored, and generally part of a drill or training exercise, where our focus is other than the finish. 2) Race Days at CBI are open to Lasers, 420’s and Mercury’s, and encourage sailors to choose a teammate, rig a boat, and race with limited if any coaching assistance. These are good opportunities to test yourself. 3) Events at CBI are hosted by Junior Program staff or Adult Program’s “Tiller Club” including the Community Cup (JP), 420 Regatta (TC), and Elmer Harris Regatta (TC) and allow sailors to compete with members of other community boating programs in familiar settings and boats. 4) Travel regattas (3-4 per year) are an opportunity to represent CBI’s Junior Program in racing at another club. Racing in these is a privilege and requires some additional planning and preparation as outlined below.
Travel Regattas are two or three days in length, and may fall outside JP hours, and/or on weekends. Sailors wishing to compete in them must show a dedication and positive attitude to the team, develop skills which will allow them to compete at the level of the regatta, and help prepare and possibly transport boats to the event. Planning begins about four weeks in advance, with registration 2-3 weeks beforehand. At that point, boat pairings should be finalized, and we can set the details of getting boats and sailors to the event (typically sailors help load/unload the boats on the trailer which is towed by CBI). It should be noted that sailors cannot travel in a car with an instructor. In general, this process can seem overwhelming for first-time regatta participants (and parents) so please ask lots of questions and be supportive of our sailors during these events.