Match Racing News, Events & Rankings

2020 Youth Opportunities

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:

The US Sailing Match Racing webpage

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.

Why & How to Get Involved in Match Racing

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 2020 Master Calendar of all the Regattas and Clinics in North America in 2020, with contact information on each.

  • There are 8 Qualifier events for the U.S. Match Racing Championships between March 28 and August 9 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. The 2020 USMRC will be September 25-27 at the Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, NY in Sonars.
  • 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 2020 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship (USWMRC), which is at the San Diego Yacht Club in San Diego, CA, August 21-23 in J-22s.
  • Look for some "getting women into match racing" clinics and regattas in 2020 (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, plus a two week match racing camp designed for teenagers (July 21-August 2). 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 2020…

This is a work-in-progress, and not a complete list of every event in 2020.

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!

january 10-12

North U. Match Racing Clinic (geared primarily to high school and college aged sailors)
Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, Kemah, TX (near Houston) - Sonars

$75 per 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: North U TCYC Notice of Clinic

 

FEBRUARY 7-9

North U SODA Match Racing Clinic (geared primarily to high school sailors)

San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, CA – J/22’s

$75 per 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:  North U SODA Notice and Sign-up

 

MARCH 1-3

Bay Area Youth Match Racing Clinic (geared primarily to high school sailors)

San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, CA -  J-22s

Form more information on the event:  BAYS Youth Match Racing Clinic Notice

 

MAY 1-3

North U Match Racing Clinic

Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit, MI - Ultimate 20s

For more information on the event: North U Bayview YC Notice of Clinic

 

MAY 15-17

North U Match Racing Clinic (for adults but youth sailors may apply)

Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA - Sonars

For more information on the event: North U Marblehead Notice of Clinic

 

MAY 30-31

Long Beach Yacht Club Dickson Junior Match Race Invitational

Long Beach, CA – Solings

Contact: Jess Gerry: jessg@lbyc.org

 

June 24-28 – The U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup (16-20 yrs old in 2020)

Rochester Yacht Club, Rochester, NY in Sonars

must Request an Invitation by April 1, 2020. Go to: the USYMRC webpage

US Sailing > Competition > Youth > US Sailing Championships > USYMRC

 

July 20-25 – The Governor’s Cup (under 23 before July 26, 2020)

Balboa Yacht Club, Corona del Mar, California in Governor’s Cup 22s

must Request an Invitation by April 10, 2020

govcupracing.com.

Info: Becky Lenhart at: sailing@balboayachtclub.com

 

JULY 21 - Aug 2

Oakcliff Match Racing Camp

Oyster Bay, NY

Includes match race coaching in the Match 40’s and participation in two Match Racing Regattas

This camp fills quickly so don't delay in requesting a spot.

Contact Ethan Johnson at: training@oakcliffsailing.org

516.802.0368

Oakcliff Sailing Website: https://www.oakcliffsailing.org/