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 Junior Program co-Director, Niko Kotsatos at [email protected].
Please see calendar below for practice, race and regatta schedule:
Racing at CBI falls broadly into four categories:
- racing in practice is unscored, and generally part of a drill or training exercise, results are not the goal
- Race Days at CBI are open to Windsurfers, Lasers, 420’s and Mercury’s, and encourage sailors to choose a teammate, rig a boat, and race with limited coaching assistance. An opportunity to put your skills to the test.
- 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.
- Travel regattas (3-4 per year) are an opportunity to represent CBI’s Junior Program in racing at another sailing center. Racing in these is a privilege and requires some additional planning and preparation as outlined below.
…are 2-3 days each, and may fall outside JP hours, and/or on weekends. Sailors wishing to compete in them must show a dedication and positive team attitude, develop skills which will allow them to compete at an appropriate level, and help prepare and transport boats to the event. Planning begins 3+ weeks in advance, with registration 2+ 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). Note 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 each other during these events. CBI offers many advantages to a typical club which requires parents transport boats and pay additional coaching and equipment fees for racers, though regatta fees charged by host clubs will still apply.