SBYSF head coach Jack Barton ran a successful High-Performance Optimist Clinic on June 7, 8 and 9. A small group of top-performing opti sailors from the Southern Californian region, including several US National Team members and invitees to International events participated. Youth Sailing and development is alive and well in Santa Barbara!
Congrats to Blake Behrens for winning the Harken #3 @ CBYC!
Shoutout performances to: Aston Smith (6th overall/5th Red Fleet) and Crue Ziskind (8th overall/2nd Blue Fleet)
We are congratulating SBYSF Sailor, Liam Andersen, who finished up the final U/F Series here in SB to place fifth overall in the series. The final regatta was run by the SB Sailing Club and featured light to moderate breeze.
The Ullman/Frost Series is the SoCal Laser and Laser Radial Series. 27 races were contested for the overall title.
SB Earth Day Festival
SBYSF will be present at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival this Saturday from 11am - 6pm!
Come on down to Alameda Park and drop by Booth #209 for miniature sailboat races as well as entering in our drawing to win a free learn-to-sail Summer Camp (valued @ $375).
SBYSF Lemonade Clinigatta
What: The first rendition of our learn to sail clinigatta (clinic and regatta) series! New sailors will be taught the basics of sailing under the guidance of our professional coaching staff.
When: Saturday, May 18th from 9:30-3:30 pm
Where: SBYSF Dock (located at the beginning of Marina 1 near break wall)
Who: Enthusiastic kids aged 6-11 who are interested in learning to sail! No experience necessary!
Over the weekend of 4/13-14 @ Mission Bay YC in San Diego was the High School Pacific Coast Championship. The PCCs is the final regional event of the high school year and is a critical factor in qualifying for the Nationals. Our teams SBHS and DPHS came into the event ranked 4th and 6th in the district. Within content of making the Nationals.
Mission Bay Yacht Club did a phenomenal job of running 28 total races over the weekend. Sailors were greeted to wind between 7-15 knots and flat waters.
At the end of the weekend, we narrowly missed qualifying. SBHS finished 6th overall and DPHS in 7th.
We look forward to a great 2019-20 season!
Last weekend, our Laser sailors descended on California Yacht Club for the annual Laser Midwinters West. The Midwinters draws sailors from across the United States and Canada. With this year's event being a qualifier for the Youth Sailing Worlds, the competition was fierce.
Sailors were greeted to large swell and winds in the 7-14 knot range throughout the three days of racing.
We are congratulating SBYSF Sailor, Caden Scheiblauer for finishing 5th overall!
On Sunday, March 31st we held our first Spring Series Regatta! After a huge success at our Winter Series, the Spring Series brought together 10+ Optis and a handful of CFJs.
Coaches Lucas and Alex ran race committee and sailed races on a beautiful Santa Barbara Spring day.
We look forward to the second Spring Series on 4/28.
PCISA Gaucho Regatta
Over the weekend of March 9-10th, our high school sailors competed locally at the PCISA Gaucho Regatta, hosted by SBYC and UCSB. We are very lucky to have one of the five major PCISA events here on our home waters. Our teams, SBHS and DPHS, were ready to take some home court advantage. March and early spring in Santa Barbara can be an interesting time for wind conditions. In fact, the day before the regatta saw wind velocities in excess of 30 knots. We were fortunate to have two beautiful days of wind and weather for the Gaucho Regatta.
Saturday brought blue spring skies and wind ranging from 9 to 16 knots. Race Committee was ready to jump at the perfect conditions. A 1100 first start signal commenced without a hitch and sailors battled it out just off the breakwall. Our sailors displayed great boatspeed and starting technique during the twelve races that were completed. SBYC’s Race Committee did a great job squeezing in races all day long. During rotations, sailors had fun on the beach at Sandspit and enjoying the amenities of SB Harbor.
On Sunday, sailors arrived to overcast skies and light wind out of the south. With a 3:30 end time, Race Committee was looking for the conditions to improve and get racing underway. Fortunately, the weather made a turn for the better and sailors were greeted to light but sailable conditions. In a southerly breeze which eventually shifted to a southwesterly wind, sailor’s finished eight more races, bringing the race count to twenty total.
At the end of the weekend, SB teams had great results! Congrats to SBHS (Caden Scheiblauer, Sydney Mendoza, Ryan Satterberg, Jon Seawards, Liam Andresen, and Cameron Scheiblauer) for finishing 5th overall of 48 teams! They were the 3rd school in the rankings. Also a shout out to DPHS’s Chris Kayda/Claire Wicker for finishing 2nd in the hyper-competitive A-Division!
We look forward to the Pacific Coast Championships in San Diego April 13-14th!
Congratulations to 29er Team Satterburg/Donaldson for placing 5th overall at the first stop of the 29er Youth Worlds Qualifiers in Miami, FL. The boys fought hard against 23 other teams vying for the Youth Worlds berth.
They were coached by SBYSF Alum, former SBYSF Program Director, and US Olympic Team Coach Willie McBride!
Their next stop is the 29er Midwinter West in Coronado.