High School Sailing – Dockside
High School Sailing Information
- Opens following your team meeting
- Click the “register” link above or on the header of any wayzatasailing.org page
- Create an account and register for your respective team’s school
- (9-12) Registration fee by end of day March 15th (12:00am – 8/16): $445
- (9-12) Registration fee March 16th and later: $475 (late fee waived for new recruits)
- (7-8) Registration fee: $395
- Any new recruit, not having sailed HS with WCSC before, may receive the early registration discount at any time. Please contact the office for the New Recruit Discount Registration Code.
- Please mark your interest to attend on the Regatta Interest Form by the sign-up or selection date marked on the event.
- The Regatta Interest Form will show dates, # of athletes needed, and simple planning information.
- Additional information can be found in each events Notice of Race which will be posted to MISSA’s Calendar.
- Once your name in on the Regatta Interest Form, we’ll contact you from there for the next steps. Watch your email!
- Blue events on our Regatta Interest Form are open, anyone can attend, simply sign-up on the sheet before the deadline.
- Coaches will send out a reminder TH/F before to remind those who sign up and share information
- Red events on our Regatta Interest Form require selection by coaching staff. Please indicate your interest on the sheet.
- On the date marked, coaches will select sailors from the list, highlighting interested names and locking the sign-up.
- Late sign-ups, if possible, will have to be done through the coaching staff directly as the online document will be locked.
- Order on Regatta Interest/Sign-up document has no bearing on selection by coaches or pairings, it is not first come first serve.
- While you may not be chosen for every event, signing-up on the interest document shows you’re interested so coaches know what you’re goals are. Keep pushing!
Included in our handbook:
- Practice Times and Structure
- Travel Policies & Chaperone Guide
- Contacts & Communication Guidelines
- Basic calendar (although our most up to date can be found on our events page)
- Lettering Guidelines and planning sheet
- Behavior Guide and Conflict Resolution process
- Equipment Damage Policy
- Registration Information for the current season
We ask that you complete the above agreement and return it to coaching staff before traveling with students for an event.
Our events calendar is the most up to date, as it is the calendar we use in office and is linked to our daily schedules. It doesn’t however, carry all the details you need to plan.
events calendar Use it for: reminders, syncing to your schedule, at a glance info.
Our organizing body maintains a comprehensive MISSA Schedule with links to Notices of Race (NORs) that include every bit of information. The downfall here is that it is Midwest wide and doesn’t necessarily indicate which events we’re actually attending, and just because there are registration forms on the site doesn’t mean that’s how the procedure works!
MISSA Schedule Use it for: getting planning details, addresses, locations, rules for specific events, registering once selected by coaches.
Our WCSC HS Sailing Handbook and Regatta Interest documents have the best balance between the two. Locations, estimated costs, which events will be supported by staff, and sign-up deadlines. If you’re interested in lettering, the handbook also contains the requirements and a planning sheet so you can set and meet your goals.
Our goal is to share our sport, make it easier to understand, and to allow our sailors and parents to get up to speed faster in our complex physically and mentally demanding sport. Come join us for some fun!
FREAKY FRIDAY REGATTA – $10 per boat
Friday, May 17th
See event page for details!
Just like the movie, it’s time for your parents to try a bit of high school style racing in a 420! Teams will consist of a parent and student athlete, and will be open to area sailors from LMSS, WBSS, LCSS, and SCSS. Time to come down and get a taste of what our sport is all about firsthand!
Welcome to the Dockside! Our home base for all HS sailors and families to plan, organize, and understand our crazy sport. While we do our best to be exhaustive, please do no hesitate to contact us with additional questions.
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday – Office 10-2, practice 3-7
- Wednesday – Office 10-2, practice 3-7
- Thursday – Office 10-2, practice 3-7
- Friday – Variable, Club 4-7
- Saturday – Events/offsite/variable
- Sunday – Events/offsite/variable
High School Sailing F.A.Q.
WCSC’s rules of sailing gear:
- Dress to be wet
Even if the air temp is 70+ students need to dress well enough to potentially be immersed and continue sailing. Always dress for the “worst case scenario” and shed layers as necessary with coaches or tie them into your boat. Don’t be that person ending practice early!
- Rain gear is not waterproof
Normal rain gear is baggy and does not have the wrist, neck, and waist seals needed to keep you drier. Sailing or kayaking outer layers are encouraged.
- No cotton while sailing
Cotton cools once wet. No cotton, including socks, should be worn while sailing. Even with spray gear on your perspiration will be enough to eliminate the warmth. Stick to synthetic or wool layers that will retain their warmth once wet.
Standard (minimum) gear:
- Spray top
- Spray pants
- Dinghy boots
- Wool/synthetic socks
- Wool/synthetic base layer (long underwear) think underarmour or compatible
- Wool/synthetic insulating layer (under spray gear)
- Gloves (warm when wet) but good dexterity
- Watch with countdown timer
- Life Jacket
- Drysuit (replaces spray gear. More watertight but more expensive. Some events will require these.)
What brands do you suggest?
Stick to Gill, Henri Lloyd, and Musto. Other companies are lighter built for performance but will not last as long nor do they carry the guarantees that these older companies do.
Where should I buy gear?
- West Marine Minnetonka
- apsltd.com – Offers 15% off to HS students, large sponsor of HS national Champs. Simply add the item to your cart.
- http://www.mythicdrysuits.com/ – Looking for an affordable drysuit? $250.
- Midwest Mountaineering – Largest selection of life jackets in Minneapolis, find something you actually want to wear.
We encourage all sailors to sign up for the events that they are interested in. If a sailor isn’t ready or needs to be encouraged to move up to the next level, coaches will discuss this privately with the student athlete to ensure a positive experience.
Sailing competitions are called regattas. Regatta information is communicated through a standard published letter, called a Notice of Race (NOR). Our organizing body MISSA posts all of these in one place so they’re always at hand. While their calendar does contain events that we won’t be traveling to (our district is large and we can’t travel every weekend) it does nicely condense the information.
If you’re looking for details on directions, entry fees, times, requirements, or your student’s eligibility – the NOR is designed to answer all the details! Find all posted NORs at the link below:
High School sailing races in two main formats. A/B Fleet Race and Team Racing.
- A/B Fleet Racing consists of a team of 4-8 sailors racing two boats in an A and B division. Scores from the A division and B division are added together for a team score. Rules govern who can sail in which divisions so you have to use everyone on your team. Generally a team sails two races in a division before switching out for the other. Racing is against all other schools at one time, with everyone on the course. Teams may change boats for each race to make sure racing is fair.
- Team Racing consists of a team of 6-9 sailors racing three boats together cooperatively against only another school’s three boats. A teams three scores are added together and must be less than the other school’s to win the race. Unlike A/B Fleet Racing sometimes Team Racing will have sailors intentionally slowing other schools with right-of-way rules to let their own teammates pass and improve the team’s score.
Generally courses are laid out so that sailors will start at an imaginary line between a buoy and a boat with an orange flag. They must be on a certain side of the line when the 3 minute starting sequence is complete. Sailors will then proceed to race around a pre-set array of orange buoys without hitting them or other sailors. Sailors are given points for the place they finish.
US Sailing, ISSA, and MISSA (our governing bodies) all publish rules that govern our competitions. The main piece for spectators is that they also publish right-of-way rules to govern how boats can interact on the water – preventing collisions to keep it a non-contact sport.
The best way to learn about competitions is to volunteer! You’ll be front row to help out under a seasoned coach or volunteer, have front row seats, and can pick the brain of the Principal Race Officer running the event.
Spectating is encouraged but at some venues, because of wind or lake conditions, spectating is not always easy from shore. We always recommend that if you’re interested in seeing the action, that you volunteer to help run the racing. Often Race Committees need additional help with no experience needed. Short of that you may consider purchasing a good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope to see your sailor from shore.
While your own spectator boat is another way to get close, on-the-water spectating is not allowed for certain events by our organizing authority. Please check the sailing instructions (if available) and with your coaching staff beforehand to make sure you’ll be able to use your spectator craft safely and within the rules.
New to our rulebook for 2017 is an addition to Rule 3 of our USS Racing Rules of Sailing. This allows sailors to be penalized for the actions of any support or related persons, including parents and their spectator boats. Please be diligent and respectful while at any event!
- How can we be successful?
- Which sailors mesh well? (can they sail with everyone from the roster?)
- What teams need to be formed to meet our goal (winning, training, getting everyone sailing)?
- Can I sail everyone on the roster, equitably?
- Do I have back-up to support every student and their role?
- Is this a qualifying or a team depth building event?
- What team members will be needed to continue at later stages?
- What team members will spend the money to attend expensive later stages?
- What chaperones can attend?
- Can we bring boys, girls, mix, and fit in to housing safely and affordably?
- Do we have enough cars to get everyone there? (often limits the # we can bring)
Coaching plans favor equality but are subject to weather, events, and day-to-day complications. Sometimes this limits our ability to sail everyone equally as planned. Please be respectful of the difficult decisions required and the work that coaches put in to balance sailors needs and wants with competitive outcomes. Complications like absences, sicknesses, and conditions can vastly effect who is paired and sailing together.
Interested in sailing more and traveling to big events?
- Skill is a part, but not the whole equation. Attitude is more than a smile. Think flexibility, willingness, and effort to put the team first!
- Start thinking about the bench, pairings, opening your schedule, etc. differently. In college sailing, you won’t get much say, start getting in that flexible mindset now! Being there is a big part of the team.
- Get your parents to step up! More chaperones, means bigger teams can attend. While it doesn’t promise roster increases, it does make it possible.
- Sign up early and help the Team Liaison by responding promptly. Early communication, quick responses, and offers of help before they are needed go a long way to making travel possible!
- Expand your role – being able to skipper or crew, and being vocal to do either, makes you indispensable. When a team size is limited due to transportation, it is often easiest to select someone who can drive and crew for the final few spots.
Functionally and for our purposes though, Baker simply indicates that an event is part of the series that leads up to and includes our national team racing championship. Mallory indicates that an event is part of a series that leads up to and includes our fleet racing championship.
Sailing is funky like that, and because there are different racing styles, we have a different national championship for each. Think of team racing and fleet racing like cross country running and sprinting. Different styles and strategy, but both are running sports. So we have different championships and qualification series for each style!