In addition to WMYSA events, below is a list of other opportunities for West Michigan youth sailors to engage in the sport. If you don’t see a link for more info, try searching the Regatta Network, Yacht Scoring or US Sailing web pages. Facebook is also a good place to search for Class Associations, yacht clubs, sailing programs or specific regattas.
2018 EVENTS (more events and information will be added as dates are announced):
- The US Youth Championships will take place in Wrightsville Beach NC on June 23-27, 2018. Click HERE for more info.
- The Sheridan Shore Sailing School in Wilmette IL will host the Wente Cup on June 27-28, 2018. Optis, Lasers, Club 420s. Click HERE for more information.
- A US Sailing Junior Olympics will take place at the Lake Forest, IL sailing center on June 30-July 1. Optis, Laser Full, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Club 420s. There will be a clinic offered at this event on Friday June 29.
- The US Singlehanded Championships will take place at Houston Yacht Club on June 29-July 1. Click HERE for more info.
- South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee will host its annual Kaszube Cup on July 9-11, 2018. Optis, Lasers and Club 420s. Click HERE for more info.
- The Area K Sears, Bemis & Smythe Qualifier will be held on July 16-19 at Sheboygan Yacht Club in Sheboygan WI. Fleets will be Yngling, Club 420 and Laser Radial. There may be a clinic offered on July 16. Check the US Sailing web site for more info.
- The US Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championships will be held in Stamford CT on July 17-22.
- The Butterfly Nationals will take place July 17-19 at Glen Lake Yacht Club in Glen Lake MI. Facebook may be the best place to check for more info.
- The Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation Youth Championship will take place July 20, 2018 at the Lake Forest Illinois Sailing Center. Optis, Lasers, Club 420s. Click HERE for more info.
- The US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships will be held at Mentor Yacht Club in Ohio on July 24-29. Click HERE for more info.
- The WMYA “Westerns” will take place at Muskegon Yacht Club on Aug 1-4. Click HERE for more info.
- Chicago Junior Race Week is scheduled for August 4-6. For more info, check RegattaNetwork, YachtScoring or Facebook.
- The US Junior Championships (Lasers, 420s and Lightnings) will take place at North Cape Yacht Club in Monroe MI Aug 6-10. Click HERE for more info.
- Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago will host their annual Skyline Regatta August 7-8, 2018. Optis, Lasers, Club 420s. Click HERE for more info.
- The USODA Optimist Midwest Championships will be hosted by Geneva Lake WI Sailing School on August 28-30, 2018. Opti Red/White/Blue as well as Green Fleet. More info available can be found from Geneva Lake Sailing School or USODA.
2017 EVENTS (for reference):
- Mentor Harbor YC in Ohio will host a US Sailing Junior Olympics Sailing Festival on June 9-11, 2017. More info at this link: US Sailing Junior Olympics
- The USODA Optimist Great Lakes Championships will be hosted by Grosse Pointe YC on June 24-25, 2017. Opti Red/White/Blue as well as Green Fleet. For more info, click CLICK HERE.
- Chicago Junior Race Week will take place July 1-2, 2017 at Chicago Belmont Harbor. Opti RWB, Laser, C420. Beginner Optis will race at Jackson Park. NOR and other info available HERE.
- South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee will host its annual Kaszube Cup on July 10-12, 2017. Optis, Lasers and Club 420s.
- The Butterfly Nationals will take place at Torch Lake YC on July 18-20, 2017.
- The 2017 West Michigan Yachting Association “Westerns” Regatta will take place August 3-6, 2017 at Crystal Lake Yacht Club. Optis, Butterflies, Lasers and Scows. More information at this link: WMYA Westerns
- Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago is hosting its mid-week Skyline Junior Regatta on Aug 8-9. CLICK HERE for more info and registration
- Muskegon Yacht Club will host the 2017 Harbor Hospice Regatta on Aug 19, 2017. In addition to big boats, there will be youth races for Optimists, Butterflies and Lasers. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
- Grosse Pointe YC will host a US Sailing Junior Olympics Festival on Sep 9-10, 2017. Optis, Lasers, 420s. More info at this link: US SAILING JO
- The USODA Optimist Midwest Championships will take place at Tawas YC on Sep 16-17, 2017. Opti Red/White/Blue as well as Green Fleet.
- The Laser District 19 Championship Regatta will take place Sep 23-24 at Portage Yacht Club. For more info CLICK HERE
- Macatawa Bay Yacht Club will host a US Sailing Junior Olympics Festival on October 7-8, 2017. Optis, Lasers, 420s. More information at this link: US Sailing Junior Olympics
There are also several Class Associations and sailing organizations that support and provide opportunities for youth sailors: