Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Shepherd Regatta Results & Upcoming Winter/Spring Regattas

2017 Shepherd Regatta

CYC Opti sailors brave the cold weather at the 2017 Shepherd Regatta!

We had a brrrrilliant time at the Shepherd regatta last weekend! CYC had a strong showing with 5 sailors in RWB and 8 sailors in Green fleet. Our team learned the importance of keeping a sharp mental focus when it’s cold. (Temperatures were in the 30's on Saturday and in the lower 40's on Sunday with consistent rain!) This regatta was a great way to finish the fall season with top finishes in both fleets. Way to go team!

You can find the full results here: Shepherd Championship Final Results

Upcoming Winter/Spring Regattas

CYC will be supporting the following events for Green and RWB this winter and spring:

Blog Sign-up
Registration/ NOR
Dec 26th-30th
Orange Bowl
Coral Reef Yacht Club, FL
Deadline past
Registration deadline past
March 2-4
USODA Sunshine State Championship
US Sailing Center Martin County, FL
March 9-11
USODA Gulf Coast Championship
Fairhope Yacht Club, AL

Today is the sign-up deadline for Sunshine State Championship and Gulf Coast Championship. Please mark yourself down if you wish to participate so we can get an accurate headcount. There will be a Friday practice at the venue for both events.

If you are not bringing a boat to Orange Bowl, you can still charter a boat at Sunshine or Gulf Coast Champs. 

Please reach out if you have questions. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Good Boathandling Videos to Watch!

Green & Lime Fleet Families!!
We've had a great month of practice! Both Green & Lime are raising their game to the next level. Both Teams are working on more efficient boathandling, particularly tacks - leading up to to roll tacks. A picture is worth one million words, I told both groups I'd send some links to videos for them. There's lots of video out there;  boats capsizing, surfing waves, feel free to search around for lots of Opti sailing fun from all over the world!

Here are links to some YouTube Videos.  Please share these with your sailor, and feel free to watch them with him/her!! Look at the body/leg/feet/hand positions.
Some by the RYA... (Royal Yachting Association) Great Britain's National Sailing Authority. They are great demos of tacks!! 

Tacks in lighter & lumpy, Crossing boat with a hand on the centerboard trunk (not RYA).

All the sailors should join the US Opti Class - for more info and for a great video, Checkout
Reach out with questions!! 


-Coach Amy

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Accommodations for Upcoming Regattas

CYC Green Team,

USODA Midwest Championship at Tawas Bay Yacht Club. Team Picture: CYC RWB and Green Sailors.

We had a blast at the USODA Midwest regatta last weekend! Many of you are discussing plans for the next two upcoming regattas, which is awesome! I’ve had a couple questions about hotel accommodations. You are welcome to stay wherever you would like, but below is where I’ve booked rooms for the coaches.

  1. US Junior Olympics regatta @ Macatawa Bay Yacht Club October 7-8th. There are 20 rooms left at the Quality Inn and several other hotel options in the Holland area. I did not reserve a room block, but if you would like to stay at the Quality Inn , it’s about 12 mins away from MBYC. There will be no practice on Friday. The drive is about 3 hours so you may want to arrive Friday evening if you’re not a morning person.
Quality Inn:
422 E. 32nd St.
Holland, MI, 49423
Front Desk:(616) 392-1000

  1. Halloween Spectacular @ Lake Geneva Yacht Club, October 28-29th. Please see the Notice of Race (NOR) attached. The NOR has a few hotel recommendations.  I booked a room for the coaches at the Fontana Village Inn about 8-12 mins away from the Club. There will be no Friday practice so if you are up for making the 2 hour drive on Saturday morning, then you only need to book for one night.

Fontana Village Inn: 

I will send out a detailed regatta schedule a week prior to each event. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions. I’m thrilled with the amount of enthusiasm and participation that we have for these upcoming events!

Thank you,

Julia Melton | Sailing School Director

Saturday, September 9, 2017

USODA Midwest Regatta Logistics

Opti Team,

Next weekend is USODA Midwest Championship at Tawas Bay Yacht Club! Amy will be coaching Green Fleet and I will be coaching RWB for this regatta.

Please come help load your boats on Wednesday Sept 13 at 5:15pm. If you are unable to load your boat at that time then you have two options:


  1. Ask another family to load your boat for you. IT IS NOT THE COACHES RESPONSIBILITY TO LOAD YOUR BOAT.

I will be arriving to Tawas Bay Thursday night with the trailer of boats practicing on Friday and Amy will be arriving late on Friday night with the 6 boat trailer.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, September 15
9am-12pm CYC Green Fleet Practice
12-4pm CYC RWB practice
3-6pm Check-In: Competitors & Coach/Support Boat Flags
6:30pm Welcome Reception

Saturday, September 16
*Arrive to Club as early as needed to be rigged and ready at 8:25am.
7:30-8:30am Check-In: Competitors & Coach/Support Boat Flags Continental Breakfast
8:25am  Rigged and Ready
8:30am CYC Team Meetings
8:45am Coaches Meeting
9:00am Competitors, Coaches and Parents Meeting (Mandatory)
*CYC Team Meetings again after Competitors Meeting.
9:30am Harbor Start
1030 First Warning – Championship Fleet Lunch on the water
After Racing Competitors Dinner

Sunday, September 17
*Arrive to Club as early as needed to be rigged and ready at 7:40am.
7:00-8:30am Breakfast
7:40am Rigged and Ready
7:45am CYC Team Meetings
8:00am Coaches Meeting
8:30am Harbor Start
9:30am First Warning – Championship Fleet Lunch on the water
1430 No first warning signal after this time
After Racing Awards Ceremony

Be sure to read the Notice of Race before arriving to the event. Also, please sign up to bring heathy snacks for the kids to share on the coach boats. We will have jugs of water on our coach boats so pack a refillable water bottle that your sailor can clip on to the boat.

Essential items to bring:
-sailing gear: booties, spray gear, gloves, layers (fleece, wetsuit, spandex, etc.)
-refillable water bottle
-healthy snacks
-sunblock, hat, sunglasses
-race team pinny
-notebook to take notes
-binoculars (for parents on land)

We are looking forward to a fun event! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

LINE HONORS is offering all student sailors 25% off

LINE HONORS is offering all student sailors 25% off all GILL, ZHIK & ROOSTER products through September 30, 2017. 

Use coupon code - "STUDENT17"

Please note...special ends on 9/30/17

Bob Hillier | Owner

"From an Inland lake to the Southern Ocean, we have the sailing gear for you"

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Need Housing for USNT Sailors Sept 1-4

Chicago Yacht Club has agreed to host a practice weekend for the US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) National and Development teams. The purpose of the US National Team and Development Team is to improve the level of Optimist sailing in the United States by providing high level training to top US Optimist sailors who compete internationally.

The US Optimist National and Development teams meet regularly during the year to train as a team in a variety of conditions, and to receive coaching offered by top Optimist coaches from around the US. 

Team members travel solo without parents to practice weekends.

The practice weekend at Chicago YC is September 1- 4, 2017. 

This practice is an opportunity for Chicago YC to showcase our facilities and our growing Optimist dinghy program. Our Optimist race team has one member on the US Development team and, in the last few years, several sailors have qualified for the USNT/DT selection regatta. 

The USODA asks the host club to provide housing for the team’s sailors as a way for the visiting sailors to meet new people, hone their independence skills, and provide inspiration for young sailors.

We looking for host families to provide housing and transportation, details are below. Host family time commitment is at the beginning and end of each day. The “SCHEDULE” section below there is an outline of the weekend with the host family responsibilities in bold.

Practice Weekend Schedule:
Friday, Sept 1
  • 3pm – 5pm: scheduled flight arrival at O’Hare and Midway , meet parent chaperones and host club drivers for drive to Chicago YC (looking for volunteers)
  • 5-8pm – sailors at Chicago YC for welcome dinner
  • 8pm – host family pick up

Saturday, Sept 2, and Sunday, Sept 3
  • 7:30 am: sailors arrive at Chicago YC
  • 7:30 am: breakfast at Chicago YC
  • 8am – 7pm: team activities
  • 7pm: sailor pick up
  • 9pm: lights out

Monday, Sept 4
  • 7:30 am: sailors arrive at Chicago YC
  • 7:30 am: breakfast at Chicago YC
  • 8am – 4pm: team activities
  • 5-7pm sailors to O’Hare and Midway with host club drivers, meet parent chaperones for escort flights
Details on Host Family Duties
Housing – 
  • It is ideal for the sailors to have at least one other teammate at a host family house. This helps with team building for the sailors and helps to keep the number of host families to a minimum. We ask that you host 2-3 sailors if possible but will be happy to have host families that can host 1 sailor.
  • Sailors of the same sex can share a bed or air mattresses. Sailors can sleep on a couch.
  • Sailors do not need their own room(s)

Meals - 
Main meals are provided by the USNT/DT at Chicago YC. Snacks are nice but not expected.

Laundry - 
USNT/DT members do not expect laundry during their practice session. They will pack enough clothing for the practice.

Transportation – 
  • Sept 1 between 3 and 5pm – this is arrival day at O’Hare and Midway. The parent coordinators is working on easy ways to transport the sailors to and from the airports to minimize the need for every host family to go to O’Hare and Midway, volunteers for this duty are appreciated.
  • See the “Schedule” for estimated times at the beginning and end of the practice days for transportation needs

If you are able to assist with providing housing and transportation as a host family, please contact Kathy Barnard at to finalize the details.

Announcement of the assignment of USNT/DT team members and host families will be made around August 29th.