The US Sailing Match Racing Committee is actively working on ways to get the more advanced 16-24 year old U.S. sailors into match racing!
Match racing makes sailors better… better at keelboat boat handling and making a keelboat go fast, better at making tactical and strategic decisions under pressure, better at the rules, and better at communicating on a team. And it is a great way to transition into keelboat racing where much of adult racing is done.
Three Good Resources:
Here you’ll find tons of useful information on match racing including links to the master calendar, resources for how to match race better and how to organize your team and funding, a free DVD about match racing, news and much more.
The Dial Up (You can also link to it through the US Sailing Match Racing page)
This is the link to our free e-newsletter which we have been sending out about once a month or so. Be sure to sign up for it. It contains the latest calendar of regattas and clinics, racing tips, links to useful videos, insights from the umpires and race committees, and current news.
This excellent document tells you everything you need to know to put together a team and enter some match racing events, and get on your way to building your World Sailing ranking.
On the US Sailing Match Racing webpage and in The Dial Up you will find the 2019 Master Calendar of all the Regattas and Clinics in North America in 2019.
- There are 8 Qualifier events for the U.S. Match Racing Championships between April 1 and August 15 around the U.S. You are encouraged to apply to the ones you can attend (you must be invited – act on this right away!). Some have clinics beforehand. Those will be especially beneficial to you.
- Women can skipper in all the USMRC Qualifiers. So any woman interested in match racing should definitely apply to some of the Qualifiers! This will help your resume when you apply for an invitation to the 2019 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship (USWMRC), which is at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan, August 16-18. Go to the US Sailing Championships webpage.
- Look for some women-only clinics and regattas in 2019 (dates to be announced in The Dial Up and under “Women’s Match Racing” on the US Sailing Match Racing webpage).
- Oakcliff Sailing (Oyster Bay, NY) has a full calendar of clinics and regattas (usually held together in four day events), running from April through October. You get to sail the Match 40’s, which are slender 40’ keelboats with wheels, designed for match racing.
- The Intercollegiate Sailing Association has a match racing national championship, with Clinics and Qualifiers in the Fall. Discuss this with your coach if you are a college sailor, or a prospective college sailor.
Some Youth Match Racing Opportunities in 2019…
This is a work-in-progress, and not a complete list of every event in 2019.
Check the master calendars on the US Sailing Match Racing webpage or in The Dial Up for the most complete and current information.
Be aware that you must request an invitation to most of these events, and there are deadlines!
North U S.O.D.A. Match Racing Clinic (geared primarily to high school sailors)
San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, California - J/22's
$75 a person for Dave Perry coaching including video debriefs, use of boats, dinner and all course materials
Coaches can come free. For more information or to register, go to: www.sdyc.org/soda
Bay Area Youth Match Racing Clinic (geared primarily to high school sailors)
San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, California – J/22’s
Contact: Justine O'Connor
Long Beach Yacht Club Junior Match Race Invitational
Long Beach, CA – Solings
Contact: Jess Gerry: email@example.com
June 26-30 – The U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup (16-20 yrs old in 2019)
San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, CA in J/22’s
must Request an Invitation by April 1, 2019. Go to: the USYMRC webpage
US Sailing > Competition > Youth > US Sailing Championships > USYMRC
July 15-20 – The Governor’s Cup (under 23 before July 21, 2019)
Balboa Yacht Club, Corona del Mar, California in Governor’s Cup 22
must Request an Invitation by May 10, 2019
Info: Becky Lenhart at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakcliff Inshore/Match Racing Camp
Oyster Bay, NY
Includes match race coaching in the Match 40’s and participation in two Match Racing Regattas
Info at: email@example.com
August 11-17 – The Youth World Match Racing Championship (under 23 yrs old in 2019)
Ekaterinburg, Russia in Ricochet 747’s.
must Request an Invitation by February 15, 2019. Go to: The US Sailing Match Racing webpage
US Sailing > Competition > Adult > Match Racing > Calendars & Upcoming Events