Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
To Mrs. Galanis THANK YOU for working so hard on the end of the year sailing video! It came out great and we really appreciated you putting it together and mailing it from Florida. The pictures and music wrapped up the season and lead us down a trail of unforgettable summer memories.
One last big thank you to the instructors who worked so hard this summer to ensure the success of the program. Ali Love, Brooke Baker, DJ Hatch, Mildred Conroy and Patrick Hession (our senior staff) and to our junior instructors Lauren Galanis, Chris Warner, Marissa Sullivan, Kelsey Goggin, Brett Baker, Ryan Daly, Laura Adams, Erin Daly, Caroline Boland, Rob Blake and Patrick Watson you were all a pleasure to work with!
Also, to Mr. and Mrs. Goggin thank you for your dedication to the program this summer. You went above and beyond to guarentee that everything ran smoothly. You worked tirelessly behind the scenes and we greatly appreciate all of your efforts on behalf of the program. THANK YOU!
Best of luck to all of our sailors as they head back to school this Fall. We are already planning for next season and are looking forward to your return :-)
We're hosting a late August SMART training session in Hyannis at Hyannis Yacht Club. This should be an excellent opportunity for exposure to some excellent coaching: I'm hoping to add Skip Whyte to our coaching roster for this event. Skip has many years of coaching the best sailors in the United States, including the US Olympic 470 team and LISOT's 420 Program. We'll need 7 boats minimum to add Skip, so please try to get your boat there for the weekend.
The focus for this weekend will be tuning and technique for speed, though we'll actually devote a little more focus to starting drills than we have in the past; this has been a consistent area for improvement.
The schedule for the weekend is:
8:00 AM Report Time
9:00 AM Rigged and Ready for team meeting
9:45 AM On the Water
12:00 PM Lunch on the Water
5:00 PM Pick Up.
8:00 AM Report Time
8:45 AM Team Meeting
12:00 PM Lunch on the Water
4:30 PM Team meeting and Pack-Up
The fee will be $200 per boat.
If you are interested in sailing, please email me to sign up for the clinic. It should be an excellent one, and a good way to transition toward the major national scale events this winter.
Thanks, and hope to see you there!
University of Vermont Sailing Team
Monday, August 17, 2009
The SMSA 420 Grand Prix Championship was organized in 1986 to encourage competition amongst the junior sailors of Southern Massachusetts in the Club 420. The SMSA C420 Grand Prix standings take the highest cumulative score from eight regattas and averages them into a final standing. This year the WDYC race team respectfully represented our club at New Bedford, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, Hyannis and Beverly. Congratulations to our racers who had an AWESOME season :-) Coach Mildred is already looking forward to next season and having the team back for another successful summer of racing!
Final Skipper Standings (click)
Provisional Crew Standings
This Friday sailing graduation will be held at 7:00 p.m. All sailors who participated in the sailing school are invited to attend with their family for one last night of sailing memories at WDYC.
A big congratulations to all of the sailors who participated in the Sullivan-Hamel and Halpern-Reiss cup race on Sunday!! Way to go :-)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Please sign up on the sheet in the JYC.
See you then!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Registration 8:00 – 9:00
Skippers Meeting: 9:00 Red, Blue and White Fleets
Skipper’s Meeting: 9:15 Green Fleet
Lunch will be provided on land at mid-day.
Races will recommence after lunch.
Awards: As soon as possible after the conclusion of racing.
REGISTRATION FORM: http://www.hyannisport.org/09opti_invite_regist.doc
You can sign up the morning of the regatta!
*Brooke will be attending and would like all sailors to be there at 8:00 am on Thursday morning*
CALLING ALL PIRATES!!!
Thursday and Friday are Pirate Day,
Time for fun, time for play.
Come dressed in your best pirate gear,
This will be the best day of the year.
You'll follow the riddles and look for a clue, at the end will be a prize for you.
Appropriate Pirate Attire: bandanas, vests, face paint, eye patches, earrings, etc.
Please bring snacks to celebrate this special day!!
Dennis Yacht Club hosted the annual Belle of the West invite last Friday. WDYC represented us proudly in the heavy wind gusting to 20 mph. In the huge waves, Coach Ali was excited as all of her sailors finished the first few races in the top ten!
As the day moved on, the wind started to die and they sent the opti's out. This gave the opti champs the opportunity to race three races and the greenie's race two.
Congratulations to blue fleeters: Brad Seferian (2nd) , Matt Sweeney (3rd) and Shamus Sullivan (4th). Another big congrats to Carly Giacchetti for her 3rd place finish in white fleet and Alexis Hamel for her 3rd place finish in green! WAY TO GO!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Sebastian Halpern-Reiss spent the last four days racing at Opti New England's in Newport, RI. We are so proud of him for representing WDYC at an event where 323 opti's raced! He did an AWESOME job especially after racing in regattas for 9 straight days (Wianno, Hyannis, Opti New Englands). Way to go Sea-Bass!
Sailgroove interview with Sebastian (click here)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sailgroove (click here!)
Way to go: Ryan Daly, Laura Adams, Chris Warner Marissa Sullivan, Andrew Warner, Kelsey Goggin, Max Dowgiallo, Julia Donahue, Shamus Sullivan and Sebastian Halpern-Reiss.
A big thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Warner for helping with the tow back to WDYC. We really appreciate it!
420 Results (click here)
Pictures from HYC regatta: http://www.nugentphotography.com/
*Registration forms are in the office and need to be back to Meghan by 12:30 on Tuesday*
We are towing the boats over on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30. Tuesday morning sailors must report to WDYC at 7:30. Ali and Maureen will be driving. Check in is from 7:45-9:00 and the first gun is at 10:00.
Immediately after racing on Wednesday the boats will be put on the trailer and brought over to the Dennis Yacht Club. The sailors will go over to Dennis at this time to unload the trailer and get them ready for racing on Friday (so you can enjoy the JYC trip to Nantucket on Thursday!)
All 420-B racers must report to WDYC at 7:25 on Friday morning. Ali and Mrs. Gaglione will be driving over to Belle of the West.
Check in: 8:00
Skippers Meeting: 9:00
Last starting sequence: 2:30
After racing on Friday, the boats will be loaded onto the trailer and brought back to WDYC. All 420-B racers must report to WDYC on Sunday night at 4:30 to unload the trailer so the boats are ready to go for class on Monday morning (just think of all the hands you will have with Sunday night cook-out going on!)
We need parent volunteers for water and granola bars for the coach boat for both of these regattas and parents on the beach to help with send-off. Please let Meghan know if you can help.
Sail fast WDYC!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
There are registration forms outside the office next to the blog binder. Coach DJ will be attending if there are at least four sailors. Please sign up on the opti regatta sheet if you are planning on going.
Report Time: 7:45
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This week at WDYC our 420 beginner and intermediate classes have been working on flying spinnakers. They first learned how to fly them on land and then moved to the water to practice their new skills. The light wind day was perfect for a trial run.
The beginner opti class was so confident in their points of sail that Ali gave them a written test this morning. They were a little rusty on their test taking skills, but that's expected in the summer! They are headed out this morning to continue working on the different points of sail.
Patrick is out with the intermediate class playing tag and working on avoiding collision. I'm sure we will hear them yelling, "tiller towards trouble!"
Brooke is at the Wianno Opti Invite with the race teams today and tomorrow. There were 100 championship fleet boats registered so it will be great experience for sailing in a large fleet. The green fleet will be sailing today only and there were 66 boats registered. I'll keep you posted on the results.. GO WDYC!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Our 420 team has participated in New Bedford, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven (all SMSA sponsered) and will be sailing in Hyannis and Beverly that are also SMSA sponsored.
Championship: Sebastian, Shamus, Brad, Matt, Brett
Green fleet sailors are to report at 7:30 on Wednesday to check in. You will rig and have Brooke check your boat before the skippers meeting. The skippers meeting is at 9:00 and harbor start at 9:30.
Championship sailors are to report at 10:00 on Wednesday. You will rig and check in (Brooke will be on the water with Green fleet so stick together and work as a team to check over each others boats!!) The skippers meeting is at 11:30 and harbor start is at 12 :00. They usually require coaches to tow their team out to the champ line so Brooke will pop back in and grab you guys so make sure to STAY TOGETHER as you leave the beach.
Thank you to Mrs. Seferian and Mrs. Sweeney for providing water and snacks for the regatta! Sail fast WDYC :-)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday and Friday were spent in grass skirts, leis, tropical hats and Hawaiian shirts. Jimmy Buffett was blasting and our sailors were having a ball. The beginner opti's had sponge races and the beginner 420's took this fun day to practice capsizing. Everyone looked great and the staff really enjoyed the dress up day!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Thank you :-)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The beginner and intermediate opti classes spent the morning working on their tacking skills as they had sponge races throughout the mooring field. They accumulated lots of points and had a blast in the process! The beginner and intermediate 420 classes worked on "right of way" and were hailing starboard, port, windward and leeward throughout the river. Feel free to quiz them when you see them on the water.
This afternoon Patrick and Erin took the Sea-Squirts out on the knockabout. They worked on steering as each sailor had a turn holding the tiller. The 420-B team had an intense practice that began with push-ups. Coach Ali was teaching the hard lesson of rigging in a timely fashion. I think they learned their lesson! They will be traveling to Scituate in two weeks and are preparing for the competition that will be at that regatta. In the meantime, the 420-A team practiced with the Hyannis race team and worked on their team racing. They are heading to Nantucket tomorrow for a team-racing clinic with Charlie Enright. Mrs. Goggin and Mrs. Warner will be dropping you off at Steamship for the 8:00 AM fast ferry (7:10 at WDYC). Have fun and good luck.
It's hard to believe we are rolling through week 4 already (time flies when your having fun!) Tomorrow and Friday we will be celebrating Hawaiian Day so please come dressed in your best tropical attire. I've been looking at the calendar and thinking that we need to plan an opti parent race... please submit your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. It would bring lots of laughs and lots of fun.