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  • 1/31/2018 - A Great Start
  • 10/4/2018-Nearly a Sweep
  • 9/24/2018 -End of Summer Blues

It's official, the Spring season is now in full swing with regattas on the schedule nearly every weekend. 

This past weekend (1/26-27) DPYC traveled to two regattas. C420 sailors from the Travel Team met bright and squirrely at US Sailing Center - Long Beach to set up for a full two day edition of the SCYYRA Perry Series. This 3rd installment of the series brought a small and personal fleet of 32 boats. Saturday provided sustained 6-8 kt winds and fierce competion. Sunday was the opposite and made for a hot and light air day on the water. DPYC Sailors Hannah Carter and Sam Kipper had consistent finishes in the top mid fleet and pulled an 18th place overall finish. Not bad for our first C420 campaign! 

Travel just 45 minutes north and you would have found Peter Albertson & the DPYC Junior Race team competing in the Santa Monica Windjammers YC Super Bowl Charity Regatta; the 5th regatta in the RS Tera California Series. Saturday saw fierce competition between DPYC Sailors Chris Daher, Xandon Yee, and defending champion, Emily Rychlik. Light winds brought tough sailing conditions and in the end placed Chris Daher 2nd overall, Xandon Yee 3rd overall, Oliver Ernest 7th overall, and Kate Sweeney 8th overall. 

The coming weeks brings 3 more regattas: PSCISA SoCal #4 at ABYC for the DPYC High School Racers, SCYA Midwinters at Westlake YC for the DPYC Junior Racers, and the C420 Midwinter Regatta in Jensen Beach FL for the DPYC Travel Team. 

Want to volunteer your time for a regatta? Just want to cheer us on? We'd always appreciate it! Contac the Sailing Director for information regarding upcoming regattas and volunteer needs. 

You've seen it, and if not, have likely heard it - the sound of whistles over the basin while hanging out at the club on Thursdays or Fridays. For the last month and a half, the new DPYC travel team, a merger of the DPYC juniors and a new C420 fleet, have been training hard at practice on 4 separate days of the week to represent Dana Point at other clubs around California, and in some cases, around the country.

Both the RS Tera sailors and C420 sailors competed in their first regatta of the season: The BCYC Corinthian Cup. It was a light weekend with winds maxing out around 6 knots but we were able to see some good clean sailing among all of the competitors. The end of Sunday brought high overall finishes to DPYC sailors with Hannah Carter & Tyler Welk finishing 3rd and Naomi Hawkes and Ryan Brown finishing 5th in the C420 Fleet, Christopher Daher finishing 2nd (MISSING FIRST BY 1 POINT) and Kate Sweeney finishing 5th in the RS Tera Fleet.

The Tera team loaded up again for the Halloween Regatta at ABYC and nearly swept the podium. Christopher Daher finished 2nd overall, Kate sweeney 3rd, and Oliver Ernest took 4th. Thank you to Peter Albertson, our new assistant head
coach, for being there for the team!

From the Director -

Racing News:

With the summer officially out of reach and the arrival of a new school year, the time for the DPYC youth racers to gear up is once again upon us. We’re proud to announce that for maybe the first time, the DPYC Travel Team will be officially campaigning for all of the SCYYRA Perry (C420) and Hamlin (29er) Series events; representing our burgee at other clubs from San Francisco to San Diego. In addition, with the hopeful approval of our application, we will be traveling to Florida on two separate occasions for the 2018 Orange Bowl International Regatta and the 2019 C420 Midwinter Championship. In the PCISA Highschool racing circuit, DPYC is hosting and training teams from 3 different high schools including: Dana Hills, San Clemente, and JSerra. Their first regatta saw high spirits, mid fleet finishes from new sailors, and our first set of Gold Fleet Sailors - Carsen and Riley Lenthall.

Other Programming:

There is a lot happening at DPYC this fall and it’s not all about racing. In October we will be hosting Beginner Adult Sailing classes on both Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. These classes are open to the community so be sure to bring your friends. These classes serve as An opportunity for members of the community to brush up on their sailing skills, or learn to sail a boat for the first time. Sailing the CFJ or Capri 16, this course will cover basic boat handling, points of sail, sail trim and an introduction to small boat racing, to prepare sailors to feel comfortable sailing inside the harbor and in the open ocean.


The curse of Sailing Programs nationwide is the return of the school year, and the subsequent departure of summer staff. I would like to extend a personal thank you to our staff from this summer. Together we implemented a new program and taught more children over 10 weeks than the club has seen in many years (191)  and that couldn’t have been done without a dedicated (and overworked) group of sailing instructors. This particular school year brings the loss of our Assistant Head Coach - Catherine Reynolds - as she heads off to pursue a bachelors degree in Physics at UC Santa Barbara. Catherine’s leadership skills, sailing knowledge, and her work ethic proved to be invaluable to our program this year and though by her own design she generally remained unseen in the basement or on the dock, her presence will be sorely missed. As a parting gift, I asked her to write a letter of farewell about her time at DPYC for the Junior Sailing News (you can find that on our new website) and it is as follows:

“My Time In The Basement:

I live at Dana Point Yacht Club, or at least I did. February rolled around, and it was time to find a job for the summer. Coaching experience and a love for the ocean ruled out the local Starbucks, so I turned my sights towards the coast. A few weeks passed, a flurry of calling in favors and editing resumes, but none of the long winded offers of employment seemed to hit a chord. Until I received a text from a previous employer that peaked my interest. A simple: “send me your resume”. It appeared that Dana Point Yacht Club was in need of an extra hand, so I calculated my gas mileage for the 30 minute drive down the coast, and prepared to don the navy blue collar of a DPYC sailing instructor.


If I were to describe my time at Dana Point Yacht Club, my job interview would sum it up pretty thoroughly. I arrived 15 minutes early, and after answering an extensive list of soul-searching questions, was led down to the dock to coach practice as a practical application of my presumed teaching skills. As I sat shivering in the rickety 11ft coach boat that would soon be mine, the drizzle that had been following me all morning saw my hopeful smile, and decided to broaden into a soaking downpour. I shivered my way through four hours of practice, hoping that the sailors could hear my muted voice over the chattering of my teeth and shaking body. It was a cold day, but by the time we returned to the dock a few more sailors knew how to sail in a strait line, and I was wearing the kind of grin that only comes from a day on the water and coaching sailing. Or maybe I wasn’t grinning, I’ve been told I don’t do that very often.


My time coaching at DPYC was not a cold day on the water, but rather a downpour of opportunities that pushed me to be a better instructor, and perhaps a better person also. Perhaps. It was long hours of hard work - trying not to break the speed limit in my upgraded 17 ft whaler and desperately working to focus on my job while the sun rose and set against the painted cliffs of the harbor - this job really pushed me hard. But there was real work involved also. Mornings were spent writing the summer curriculum, before motoring to the ocean to drill basic racing techniques into the (less than full) minds of hopeful racers that I soon referred to as my team. Tired eyes and sunburnt faces returned to the office each night, with hours of planning and projects waiting to be finished - plenty to keep me busy on the weekend.


As I write, I am sitting at a desk that holds hours of scribbled notes and writers block, in an office that I may as well call my home, in a basement that over the course of the summer was chock full of jabbering campers (perpetually asking me questions while I tried to hide in the office during my lunch break), beneath a yacht club that towers over the harbor not just in stature but in promise. I am sitting here, ready to begin a new college life full of Physics and sailing, and I don’t want to leave. I never begin a job that I already have the skills to accomplish, and I certainly was not sure whether my time at DPYC would prove fruitful, or if I would be fired for incompetence during the first week. But as it turns out I made it through two seasons, and couldn’t have asked for a better job, employer (partner in arms), or racing team. Thanks a bunch. “


The Assistant Head Coach position has been filled by Community Sailing of Colorado’s Peter Albertson. Peter is a 26 year old professional windsurfer and competitive skier from Minnesota and has spent the last three years making CSC a more competent and more fun program than it’s ever been. He arrives on October 1st, and we can’t wait!

Contact & Info
Anthony Capri
Sailing Director
Dana Point Yacht Club
(631) 902-0416

Junior Flag Officers

Commodore, Riley Lenthall
Vice Commodore, Hunter Laws
Fleet Captain, Hannah Carter
Port Captain, Colin Sekerka
Secretary, Audrey Whitney-Miller
Social Director, Sophia Whitney-Miller
Junior Yachtsman of the Year
The Junior Yachtsman of the Year was started in 2014 in order to recognize the junior sailor who embodies the Corinthian spirit both on and off of the water.
This year's Junior Yachtsman of the Year is
Carsen Lenthall