ANNUAL SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
As part of its developmental mission, the West Michigan Youth Sailing Association conducts an annual Summer Championship Racing Series. This series consists of a total of four regattas that are typically held every other Friday throughout the summer. Since 2010, each of these Friday regattas have attracted 75-100 boats and collectively these events have created over 4000 individual youth sailing experiences.
These regattas are open to sailors from WMYSA member clubs only. Registration for WMYSA regattas is done through each member club.
Sailors at these regattas compete in the following classes:
- Optimist Green (for beginner sailors who have proven themselves capable of tacking, gybing and navigating a prescribed course)
- Optimist Red/White/Blue
- Laser 4.7 (ILCA 4)
- Laser Radial (ILCA 6)
- Laser Full (ILCA 7)
- Club 420 jib and main
- Club 420 with spinnaker
The 2023 WMYSA Championship Series regatta schedule will be as follows:
- June 24, 2023 at Spring Lake Yacht Club
- July 7, 2023 at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club
- July 21, 2023 at White Lake Yacht Club
- July 28, 2023 at Muskegon Yacht Club
Click the links below to view the 2022 WMYSA Summer Championship Series Notices of Race.
Click the links below to view the 2022 WMYSA Summer Championship Series Sailing Instructions.
Click HERE to view or download the 2023 WMYSA Regatta Entry Form.
OPTIMIST GREEN FLEET “NO TEARS” EVENT FOR BEGINNERS
In addition to the Championship Series, the WMYSA also conducts an annual Optimist Green Fleet “No Tears” Regatta for beginner sailors. This regatta is not scored and offers our youngest and least experienced sailors a great opportunity to try racing for the first time with plentiful coaching and caring support.
The 2023 “No Tears” Regatta will take place at Grand Rapids Yacht Club on Friday July 14, 2023.
Click HERE to view the 2022 No Tears Regatta Notice of Race.
Click HERE to view the 2022 No Tears Regatta Sailing Instructions.
Click HERE to view or download the 2022 WMYSA Regatta Entry Form.
2023 CLINIC FOR LASER SAILORS
Building upon an event held for the first time in 2017, the WMYSA also conducts a clinic at the start of each summer. This event, typically held during the third week of June each year, has usually been designed to give high school and middle school age sailors the opportunity to learn more about or gain more experience sailing with spinnakers on Club 420 boats. The focus of the 2023 clinic will shift to singlehanded ILCA/Laser sailboats and take place at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club on June 16, 2023. Stay tuned for more details.
In 2022, the WMYSA was pleased to have renowned sailor and Eckerd College Assistant Sailing Team Coach Caroline Young come to Michigan to lead an intensive one-day spinnaker clinic at Saugatuck Yacht Club.