420 & Laser Race

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

Structured sessions

Program Cost: varies with session length
Registration Begins: January 1st, 2020
Setting Sail: June 8th, 2020
Schedule: 9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday (varies with competition schedule)


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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.

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 the 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.

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).