Junior Sailing News

Junior Sailing News

  • 6/28/2019 -Summer Growth
  • 5/1/2019 - Lido Island Sweep
  • 2/25/2019 Cross Country Firsts
  • 1/31/2018 - A Great Start
  • 10/4/2018-Nearly a Sweep
Summer News: 
Summer is officially underway and in it’s 3rd week. This summer has been a bit different for us. Instead of running 5 programs during the day, we’re running 7 and 3 during the evening! It’s a pleasure to report that we’ve only had one injury so far this summer (a bumped tooth) and that we’ve great retention within our camps since week 1.

You’ve probably seen it in the parking lot or the basement but if you haven’t, keep an eye out for the progress on our whaler rebuild. DPYC Juniors have been working together to get our 17’ whaler patched up and refinished and we’re just now reaching some of the final steps as we apply a new layer of gel coat to the hull. 

If you’re a member with an unused tender or dinghy outboard, we could use the extra power! With the old 17 down for the count, we are one coach boat short and one zodiac short an engine. Contact Anthony Capri with any news.

Racing News: 
This summer our double handed teams have jumped from 11 sailors to 26! Tuesday and Thursday practices have been filled to the brim every week and we’ve had every FJ and 420 we have available out on the water. In the coming weeks our FJ Sailors will be attending the US Sailing Junior Olympics at ABYC and CFJ Nationals in San Diego. Our C420 sailors will be traveling all the way to San Francisco in the second week of July for the C420 North American Championship. 

DPYC Juniors Sam Kipper and Tyler Welk competed in Long Beach Race Week this past weekend upon Canadian vessel “Kite 35”. These awesome juniors were coached by Transpac Vet and RIO 100 captain Keith Kilpatrick and North Sails Builder and Moth Worlds Vet Zack Maxam to a 4th place finish.  

In other news, JSerra Catholic High School has signed up a new group of sailors for an after program Learn to Race class and it has been going swimmingly. 6 Students have gone from never having set foot in a sailboat to Wednesday night racing in just a little over a week! We’re super excited to have them competing with us. 

Coach Commentary:
We’ve come a long way here at DPYC in the last year and it’s all really starting to show now that the summer is underway. If you missed my speech at this year’s Crab Grab, then you missed one key point: We’re growing. Building something from a skeleton isn’t easy and if it weren’t for the people behind these pages, we wouldn’t have gotten to where we are now in such a short time. I had an amazing time at this year’s fundraiser and coming out of it we (the staff) all felt proud to have been a part of something and in turn, felt like the people there were proud of us. There isn’t a better feeling. Thank you all so much for supporting this program and for believing that we can build some of greatest sailing programs that SoCal has seen in many years. With your help, we’ll keep growing, keep racing, keep winning (hopefully more often), and keep DPYC as a pillar of the sport of sailing for years to come. 
Racing News: 

In a spectacular show of force, all 3 of the DPYC youth racing teams assembled to bring 10 boats to the Koll Family Spring Dinghy Regatta at LIYC. This was the first time (in my time here) that we've had this many boats in one place at one time and it was incredible to see the amount of camaraderie our sailors have between them. The Tera's were to start first and our senior racers helped them unload, get rigged, and get on the water within 30 minutes. The FJ's were next and our racers managed to get two trailers worth of boats unloaded, rigged, and tuned in record time. 

The beginning of the day was hard for our Tera sailors (who have been dominating the RS Tera Series all season) but DPYC Sailors Oliver Ernest and Christopher managed to pull 5th and 6th place finishes and walked away with some sweet trophies. 

Having watched the Tera's struggle in the light and shifty breeze and making sure to take note of how the course was changing, DPYC Sailors Sam Kipper & Jack Stanley, Grant Lewis & John Sweeney, and Ian & Sage Brislen won the day, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall finishes! 

Program News: 

The summer is coming up quick and registrations are starting to come in. If you're thinking about getting your child, niece or nephew, grandson or granddaughter registered for one of our awesome programs this year, now is the time to do it! Early bird specials are still available for the next two weeks but classes are filling up. We've already sold out our first week of camp! 

If you're interested in sailing for the first time or just brushing off the rust -our adult program will start this Friday- 5/3/2019 but it's not too late to sign up! We have room for another 4 registrants and would love to have you! 

Visit DPYC.org/Juniors to Register Now! 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Have that itch to varnish something? Maybe change some oil? The DPYC Youth Program could use your help! We have projects and repairs abound and could use the extra hand. Contact Sailing Director Anthony Capri @ 631-902-0416 for more information. 
Along with the cold weather, wind, and rain that this winter month has bestowed, February has been a busy month for the "kids in the basement". 

Travel Team News and Coach reflections: 

For the first time in recent years, select sailors from the DPYC Travel Team traveled across the continent to compete against some of the best youth sailors from this country and abroad. DPYC Sailors Hannah Carter and Sam Kipper traveled to Jensen Beach, Florida to compete in the C420 International Mid Winter Championship, race against 106 other boats, and fly our burgee on a foreign shore. 

Thursday / Friday: After a regular day of practice, we hopped in an uber and boarded a delayed red-eye to Fort Lauderdale. Leaving anywhere at midnight and traveling far into the future (we arrived at 8:00am EST) is never ideal, but spirits were high even as we left from the airport and headed straight-to the Martin County Sailing Center for venue practice. Thanks to the Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation, the girls were able to charter a brand new Z-Force C420 and after a 2 hour drive, pickup, and rigging, we hit the water with other clubs from Annapolis, Connecticut, the Virgin Islands, and San Francisco to get a feel for the water and wind conditions on the Intra-coastal Waterway. 

The First Day: Challenges Abound
Saturday would be the first full day of racing and qualifiers in sustained heavy winds of 15-20kts. Calamity would strike in every race - A back row start in the first race, a fouled spinnaker the second, a swamped boat the third (resulting in a DNF),  and a torn spinnaker in the fourth. Variables and conditions like these would take the heart of any sailor, including myself, but despite the hardships and a silver fleet placing, Hannah and Sam finished the day with smiles and ready for the next bout. 

The Second Day: Starts
Sunday brought together a silver fleet of 53 boats of mixed ages, affiliations, and skill levels. The breeze had switched; abandoning it's north-eastern post and swapped for a westerly off-shore zephyr. Today, everything was ironed out. With a re-tuned boat, a new spinnaker, and a better idea of what was to come, our sailors headed out with a renewed sense of self and presence on the race course. Eager beavers would result in the a general recall, then the U flag, and eventually, black flag starts for the rest of the day. The first race - a second row start and 36th place finish The second race - Black Flagged. After some post race coaching and deliberation - finding a hole and defending position on the line became more natural and things started to improve - a 22nd place finish was to follow. In the final race of the day, the wind shifted hard left after the right had been favored all day; lifting the sailors that had chosen that line. We finished the day in 36th. 

The Final Day: Boat Speed Revelations
Monday proved to be the lightest day of all - with wind speeds dipping as low as 3 its (postponing the starts of multiple races) and as high as 14kts. Today would also be our best day, a day filled with massive improvement, good starts, and super scooty boat-speed. The day started off like the one before, a rough start with a quick comeback, a quick moment in front of the entire fleet, and ultimately a 38th place finish. The second race - a first row start, a far right advantage, a better understanding of the relationship between a flat boat and speed, and ultimately a 24th place finish. The third and final race - a bad start, a push for the front, excellent form, the best boat speed of the day, and ultimately a 15th place finish. - refer to this later as "the click" 

From here, it was a race to the shoreline. It was just about 2:30 when the races finished and our flight was leaving in 5 hours. Between now and then we had to make the half hour tow back to the sailing center, de-rig and pack up the C420, pack up and ship out the coach boat, and hope to all the Lords and Ladies of the Wind and Sea that we didn't hit any traffic on the way back. We did hit traffic, and we did get to the airport late, but we made it to our gate with 10 minutes to final boarding and headed home. 

Coach Reflections:
Now it's only fair to read this breakdown and think "well...that didn't go very well", and that, my reader, is a totally fair and reasonable conclusion to come to. No - We didn't place very high and yes, a plethora of mistakes were made but our attendance at this event was neither focused on victory in the numbers or perfection on the course; it was focused on learning and experience. 

The road to success for dinghy sailors is paved with loss, hardship, and an incredible amount of practice. It is through blown out spinnakers, 3rd row starts, protests, and new and challenging conditions and venues that athletes in this sport move on to greatness. It doesn't happen overnight or in the 3rd regatta in a new boat. When we decided to take on this first big travel regatta, it was with this in mind that I re-assured our sailors, plain and simply, that it's ok to lose, it's ok to take mid fleet - to put the glory and weight of winning out of their heads and to instead replace it with sailing and competition in the context of pushing themselves further, of mastering one more skill, of the love and discipline of water, and most of all - in the context of good fun. We (myself included) forget this far too often. 

I watched our sailors do many things at this regatta. I watched them stumble repeadetly and I watched their frustration. More importantly though, I watched as they improved and learned from their mistakes. I watched Sam's form change on the trapeze. I watched Hannah keep an extra eye on stall. I watched them try with every pound they had to keep the boat flat in conditions they'd never really sailed in. I watched their faces during late evening debriefs about how the current rolls in the intra-coastal and I watched as those things (and so many more) melted together to form a C420 plaining on a blast reach for a 15th place finish on our last day. It is for those moments where everything comes together, that I continue to be a career sailor.

I am immensely proud of these young women and of all the accomplishments that they have had in the last few months. Our next venture takes us to San Francisco for the C420 North American Championship. 

Junior Team News: 

It's not all about midwinters! While the DPYC Travel Team was away in Florida, the Junior team traveled to West Lake Yacht Club. The venue saw wind speeds of 17-19kts and shifts of up to 180* in a matter of seconds. ( thats lake sailing for you) If it most literally was not for the protests of our Head Sailing Instructor Peter Albertson, this regatta would have been canceled.

If you don't know, we send our kids out in almost everything. Raining? We're going sailing. Swells 4-6 feet? We're going sailing. 25mph winds? We're going sailing. In fact, some of the only things we DON'T go sailing for are lightning, winds over 30 mph, and swells that pose an imminent danger. Fair weather never made strong sailors.

It was for that reason, that one of our own DPYC Sailors, Oliver Ernest, took first place overall with not one...not two...but THREE first place finishes. Thats a picket fence if I've ever seen one. 

The Junior Team is going on to regattas in Marina Del Rey and San Francisco in the coming months. Keep an eye out on RSterana.org 

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!

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