Juniors

From dinghies and hydrofoils to offshore races and sail training aboard tall ships, these are exciting times for young sailors…many of whom actually write the stories in this section!

Juniors

Team USA at the 2022 Feva World Championship

By Whitney Peterson

Team USA at the 2022 Feva World Championship

Ike Schutz (age 15) and Avery Peterson (14), from Sachem’s Head Yacht Club in Guilford, CT, recently returned from an amazing experience at the 2022 RS Feva World Championship, held in July at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy in England, the site of the 2012 Olympic Regatta. Ike and Avery were the only sailors from the USA at this event. In the summer of 2021, they won the RS Feva North American Championship at Cedar…

Juniors

O’pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta”

By Chris Szepessy

O’pen Skiff North American “Un-Regatta”

By Nevin Sayre     O’pen Skiff sailors from as far away as New York, Hawaii and Puerto Rico traveled to James Island Yacht Club in Charleston, SC on April 22-24 for the 2022 North American “Un-Regatta,” and quickly bonded to the O’pen Skiff family atmosphere. Gorgeous sailing conditions provided super tight racing and up-close spectator viewing. Sixteen competitive races were completed with mandatory boat handling challenges such as capsizes, 360s, and stand-up sailing. Adding to the action were…

Juniors

Sea of Dreams

By Chris Szepessy

Sea of Dreams

SoundWaters knows that if they build it, they will come By Rick Bannerot How do you get – and keep! – kids interested in sailing? You need at least three elements to plot a direction, (and a fourth and/or fifth point on a chart so that you have a true path.) There cannot be a pattern with only two elements; in game theory and storytelling, it is called “The Rule of Three.” The answer to the question…

Juniors

Local High School Sailing: Stronger Than Ever

By Chris Szepessy

Local High School Sailing: Stronger Than Ever

By David Ornstein Photos by Mary Alice Fisher High school sailing programs across the country have expanded as a whole, now numbering in the many hundreds across the seven districts that comprise the U.S. high school sailing circuit. But few programs have grown with the speed and success as those of the schools that sail out of Greenwich Harbor in Greenwich, CT, an area that now consistently churns out top finishers, college recruits and world champion sailors….

Juniors

A 110-Year-Old New Paradigm

By Chris Szepessy

A 110-Year-Old New Paradigm

Sea Scouts may be the best-kept secret in junior big boat sailing! By Rick Bannerot Basic seamanship frequently starts with learning to tie knots. One of the problems at the heart of junior big boat sailing is that there are so many different metaphorical knots to learn, and even more to try to figure out how to undo, and therein lies the conundrum. The solution to one knot is not always the answer for another, just as…

Juniors

Salt, Lost and Found

By Chris Szepessy

Salt, Lost and Found

By Rick Bannerot This is the third installment in a series that started with the naive notion of telling the story of a 12-year-old Optimist sailor named Grace Sandoval, who was losing her passion for sailing. “I felt burned out,” Grace recalls. “I really disliked floating alone, in a little bathtub, with no breeze, being slowly broiled on Long Island Sound…Visions of blue swimming pools, playing tennis with my friends, volunteering at the local community garden, and…

Juniors

Many Paths, One Common Goal

By Chris Szepessy

Many Paths, One Common Goal

Driving Interest & Success in Junior Big Boat Sailing, Part 2 Story & photos by Rick Bannerot Some sailors are born into it. Others wander in by accident, and then there are those who moved up from dinghies to the world of “big boat” sailing. The November/December 2021 edition of WindCheck recounted many notable junior big boat victories that generated headlines around the sailing world, including Young American winning the Vineyard Race in 2013, High Noon winning…

Juniors

New Guilford Sailing Team Has Many Successes to Celebrate!

By Chris Szepessy

New Guilford Sailing Team Has Many Successes to Celebrate!

The newly formed Guilford Sailing Team, which launched in September 2021 as a club sport for sailors at Guilford High School in Guilford, CT, is off to an amazing start! The team’s first fall season is well underway with a roster of eight enthusiastic and talented sailors. Guilford Yacht Club has generously provided a home base for the team, with practices held three days a week after school. This location is fantastic, providing the sailors easy access…

Juniors

The Rise & Rise of Junior Big Boat Sailing

By Chris Szepessy

The Rise & Rise of Junior Big Boat Sailing

Story & photos by Rick Bannerot I’ve had the pleasure of photographing sailing on western Long Island Sound for 20+ years, ranging from Opti dinghies to Maxi yachts and just about everything in between. I am routinely gobsmacked by the growth of junior sailing, particularly juniors sailing on, and in fact actually sailing “big boats” ranging from keelboats like Sonars on the small side to 60-foot bluewater distance racers. Adult racers and cruisers always seem to be…

Juniors

Charting a Course Through Junior Sailing

By Whitney Peterson

Charting a Course Through Junior Sailing

A Stopover at the RS Feva Class North American & JSA of LIS Feva Championships Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT hosted the 2021 RS Feva Class North American Championship and the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound Feva Championship on July 29 & 30. The day before the regatta, sailors attended a US Sailing sponsored clinic led by coach Mackenzie McGuckin, to practice and refine their boat handling skills on these sporty 12-foot youth…

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