Race Team Program

The Race Team teaches sailors about the most important tactics and strategies for racing fast and competing at any level. While the Race Team focuses on advanced tactics, we also have a lot of fun and always welcome new sailors ages 11 and up if they want to learn how to race.

Training includes: the fundamentals of starting the race, race signals, how to find the best place on the line, short course racing to practice mark rounding, boat speed and techniques for keeping your boat flat in heavy breeze. On land we will go deeper to cover topics such as general racing strategies and tactics, regatta rules, sail and boat tuning, and boat maintenance.

We encourage all sailors interested in Race Team to bring their own boat and dolly, if possible. We also have a number of Club boats – Optis, Lasers and Fevas – that are available on a first come serve basis.

Race Team will operate Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm and during weekends when there are regattas. After weekend regattas the following day (usually a Monday) will be maintenance days, racers may be required to assist for a portion of the day but there will be no formal training on maintenance days.

Race Team members will also participate in the Wednesday afternoon races and Saturday/Sunday Club Races.

While it is not the focus of the Race Team program, CANSail 1-4 course material will be incorporated into lessons, and students will be able to achieve their CANSail levels as part of Race Team.

Sailors may have the opportunity to participate in out-of-town regattas, for which there may be an additional charge for registration, accommodation, food, travel and coaching. 



The McLaughlin Scholarship offers one RLWYC sailor the use of a beautiful black racing Opti for the summer season.  This boat has a complete set of the best equipment currently available including all required traveling equipment (sail bag, blade bag, spar case, top and bottom cover) as well as a dolly for use at regattas.  The scholarship will reimburse the entrance fees for every regatta in which the boat is sailed.


General Information

  • Sailors must provide and wear an approved PFD and rubber-soled shoes.
  • Sailors should bring a towel, dry clothes, a set of foul weather gear, hat and sunscreen.  A wetsuit is recommended in cooler weather.
  • All sailors in the Racing Program are expected to participate in the Wednesday Races.
  • RLWYC Membership is required for full season Team Core participation.
  • Maintenance Days occur on all Mondays following weekend regattas. Maintenance days provide team “R&R” and/or time for boat maintenance.


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