420 & Laser Race

An advanced learning course for those interested in racing C420 or Lasers

Variable Session Lengths

Program Cost: Varies with session length (scholarships available)
Registration Begins: January 1st
Setting Sail: June - Early August
Schedule: 9am - 4pm, M-F * (may be modified for events)
COVID Adjustments: https://wayzatasailing.org/covid-19/


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Who should take this course?
This course is for sailors who have completed 6th-12th grade (12-18 years old), with some sailing experience that have expressed an interest in learning more advanced sailing skills like refining upwind technique, hiking, spinnaker, trapeze, and Laser sailing. A 420 Adventure, an Optimist Race course, or a HS Sailing season are recommended before registering for these courses. Generally we suggest students be over 5’ or 100lbs in order to be comfortable in 420 or laser. 

How are the classes structured?
Racers will train under the racing rules of sailing for practice and will learn to compete in events with other sailors of their talent level in low key learning races. Advanced students will train in either Lasers or C420 sailboats (reserved by registration) and may switch for certain events. This course will hone each sailors individual talents through a focused look at techniques, tuning, racing rules, and strategy.

Where are the races?
Sailors are urged to participate in the Twin Cities Youth Sailing Series, held on Fridays at various metro lakes throughout the summer. For qualified sailors, travel to out of state regattas is also available and encouraged. Tuition fees cover training at the sailing center and coaching at regattas. Fees for Twin Cities Youth Sailing registration, travel, and additional regattas are not included. Sailors are also encouraged to purchase a Tuesday night Season pass and join us for more casual racing after class on Tuesday nights. Coaches get on the water along with our local adult fleets - don’t miss the chance to participate in our sport at large. 

Do we need a boat?
All C420s will be provided for our courses, however Laser sailors need to register for the correct course to receive a boat. Boats will be provided for Laser sailors if registering for the (WS boat) option. If you have your own laser, please register for the (BYO boat) option and contact WS about storage fees (generally $250 per year, ice in to ice out).