We conduct several High School regattas each year during the Fall and Spring seasons. Most of the events we serve are national qualifiers and State or Conference championships.
Competitors are college students.
Like high school, collegiate sailing is predominantly a double-handed sport on Club 420 or FJ sailboats. However, collegiate sailors also compete in singlehanded ILCA Laser sailboats as well as on crewed offshore keel boats.
Collegiate sailing disciplines include Fleet Racing, Team Racing, and Match Racing.
Racing between boats of identical design is widely considered to be one of the purest tests of sailing skill.
One-Design racing covers a broad spectrum of boats of all sizes ranging from singlehanded dinghies to fully crewed offshore keel boats.
One-Design Class Associations conduct local, regional, national, continental, and world championship events.
We typically serve on the Race Committee for a handful of One-Design events or Class Championships each year.
Regional Sailing Authorities & Associations
In addition to One-Design Classes, sailing competition is often based on geographic proximity. Areas such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, Long Island Sound, Gulf Coast, and many other areas each have regional sailing authorities that conduct one-design, handicap, or distance races for both adult and youth sailors.
For example, we conduct races for and Scott serves as the Race Chairman of the West Michigan Youth Sailing Association. Lisa serves as the Chief Scorer and Registration Wrangler. The WMYSA is a cooperative alignment of 10-15 youth sailing programs throughout southwest Michigan that hosts collective events throughout the summer months. Scott and Lisa have been instrumental in the success of the WMYSA since just after its inception in 2006.
National Sailing Authorities & Associations
In the United States, the sport of sailing is governed by US Sailing.
In addition to its role in Olympic Sailing, US Sailing conducts national championships for a variety of sailing disciplines:
Youth sailing, adult sailing, para-sailing, women’s sailing, team sailing, match racing, offshore sailing, multi-hull sailing, etc.
Some of these national championships determine which sailors will represent the US at World Championship events.
Scott has served as a Principal Race Officer or we have both served on the Race Committee for a handful of these events.
Together or individually, we have attended numerous regional and national US Sailing symposiums, summits and stakeholders conferences. Scott was selected to be a presenter at the 2022 US Sailing National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) that was unfortunately canceled due to Covid.
Scott also played a key role on the committee that researched, defined, recruited, and ultimately recommended the first ever full-time Executive Director for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association.