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.
Get ready for some fun in the sun :-)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Mildred called from the 420 line where 9 of our 420's are trying to stay dry in the rainy conditions. I'll keep you posted on results!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Drivers: Chris Warner, Marissa Sullivan, Mrs. Goggin, Mrs. Ober, Mrs. Galanis
Beach send-off: Mrs. Goggin, Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Ober, Mrs. Galanis
Opti Plan: Meet Brooke at HYC at 7:45 on Tuesday morning. Check in starts at 8:00 and the skippers meeting is at 9:00. Mrs. Sullivan has generously volunteered to provide water and snacks for the opti kids (thank you!)
Tuesday afternoon after awards the 420-B team boats will be towed back to WDYC. The A-team is practicing in Hyannis on Wednesday so boats 10-13 will stay.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF OUR SAILORS!!
Friday, July 17, 2009
In the meantime, the 420 Advanced class headed to boater's beach to work on trapping with D.J. It was their first time on the wire in heavy air and they loved every minute of it. Ali took the opti advanced class out in the knockabout for it's first sail of the season. They looked great out there!
Mildred called from Edgartown to update us on the results from yesterday. There were 75 boats that started the day and only 32 that ended the day (as a result of the heavy breeze). Three out of the four of our WDYC boats made it through the whole day!! The fourth had their forestay snap and had no choice but to retire for the day. There is no doubt in my mind they will be back out on the race course dominating today! Chris Warner and Marissa Sullivan had a 3rd place finish in the second race of the day (way to go!) The other boats had consistent finishes (top 20 of the fleet). We will post results as soon as they are online. Keep up the good work WDYC :-)
Best of luck to our sailors on Monday in Stonehorse and Tuesday at Hyannis Invitational!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
We have 4 sailors attending:
HYC Invitational- Tuesday, 7/21-
Coach Brooke and Coach Mildred will be attending. We are sending 9 of our 420's and 7 of our opti's to the HYC invite on Tuesday.
Report Time: 7:45
Skipper's Meeting: 9:00
Harbor Start: 9:30
Lauren and Brian
Mac and Erin
Mike and Patrick
Giles and Katie
Alaina and Nick
Andrew and Kelsey
Max and Julia
Ryan and Laura
Chris and Marissa
Sebatian, Seamus, Brad, Matthew, Otilia, Chloe, Eddie, Carly
Do we have any interested parent volunteers to provide water and granola bars? Please see Meghan or email email@example.com.
GOOD LUCK WDYC!!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The beginner opti class spent the morning sailing around a figure 8 course. As the wind continued to build, they learned how to adjust their weight to prevent capsizing. They were very impressive to watch! The beginner and intermediate 420 classes worked on sailing a windward leeward course. They worked on tacking upwind and finished off the morning with a race around grass island. We will continue to work on dock landings for all classes... especially on days where the wind is heavy.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Pictures from SHYC Regatta
Best of luck to Jake Hawk, Carly Giacchetti, Joe Bissinger, Otilia Olmedo, Ed Goggin, Chloe Troy at the Wequaquet Lake green fleet regatta today!!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
The Edgartown plan is as follows:
10:15- depart WDYC to Woods Hole
11:30- Arrive at Woods Hole
12:15- Ferry to Vineyard Haven ($7.50)
(Parent Volunteer: Mr. Goggin)
Arrive at VH at 1:00- 420 Team on bus to Edgartown to meet Mildred
Meet at EYC to check in and register (registration 9-6)
Boats to Tennis Courts to rig then over to Chappy
Skippers Meeting at 5:00
Report to EYC Jr. YC at 7:45 and over to Chappy to rig
Harbor Start at 9:00
First Race at 10:00
420 Sailors on fast ferry from Oak Bluffs to
We need 2 parent volunteers to pick up in Hyannis on Saturday evening. I know it's the 50th so it's a busy night but we need to get our sailors home!
The boats are on a ferry for Sunday night at 9:45. We couldn't get anything earlier so Mildred and Meghan will stay over and assure they get back on Sunday night.
Please come see Meghan with any questions regarding travel logistics.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The Sea-Squirts class celebrated Sport's Day today as they geared up in their eye-black and headed to boater's beach to work on capsizing. A few of the sailors expressed their confidence in solo capsizing. They will be competing with the beginner opti class before we know it!
Coach Brooke called from Stage Harbor where the opti race team was having a great day in the light breeze. They had one more race left for the day so we will keep you posted on the results. The Wequaquet Lake green fleet regatta will be taking place next Tuesday July 14th.
Coach DJ will be attending if we can get four boats to attend. Registration is from 8:30-9:30 and the skipper's meeting is at 9:45. Sailors should report at 8:00 to get their boats rigged. Please let DJ know if you will be attending so we can make sure we have a coach there for you.
The 420 team packed up the trailer for New Bedford Jr. Regatta. From the time they de-rigged the boats and pulled out of the parking lot, it took TWO hours. Coach Mildred informed them that she will have them on and off the trailer in 45 minutes before the season is over. We'll see if they can do it! If anyone can whip them into shape it's Mildred. A reminder to the team, you will be meeting at 6:00 AM tomorrow morning. Chris Warner and Julia Donahue will be driving the sailors and Mildred will be driving her truck with the gear. Don't be late! The Goggin's have generously donated the water and snacks for NBJR. We will need a parent volunteer for Edgartown's supplies, please see Meghan if you can help out.
A reminder to the Opti Race A and B parents, we will be having a meeting on Monday at 4:15 to discuss regatta logistics for the season. If you cannot attend, please see Meghan.
The Sweeney/Arabia Cup races have been rescheduled and will NOT be taking place this weekend. We will keep you posted on that race.
Enjoy the weekend!!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
As the racers were at Bass River, the other classes held down the fort here at WDYC . The beginner and intermediate opti classes stayed close off the dock due to the strong breeze. The beginner kids had three in boat but were keeping it flat and worked on hiking out.
The 420 team worked on their starts and accelerating off the line. They did a series of races to prepare for New Bedford this weekend. A reminder to the Race Team-A you will be de-rigging the boats Thursday after class and the trailer will be departing from WDYC on Friday at 1:00. You will rig the boats Friday afternoon at NB and have them ready to go for Saturday morning. You are meeting at WDYC at 6:00 am on Saturday to depart for New Bedford. Registration begins at 7:30 and harbor start is at 9:00.
Attention Opti Race-A and B parents we are having a meeting on MONDAY 7/13 at 4:15 to discuss regatta logistics for the season. If you cannot attend, please see Meghan as soon as possible.
Stage Harbor Plan:
8:00: WDYC opti sailors meet Brooke at SHYC
9:30-10:30: Opti Clinic
10:30: Harbor Start
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A BIG thank you to all of our parent volunteers who were here early yesterday morning and worked late into the afternoon making sure the invite was a success. We can't thank you enough for making the day so great!
To all Race Team-B sailors attending Bass River in the morning, please report to WDYC at 7:30 am on Wednesday. Registration begins at 8:00 and the skippers meeting is at 9:00. Ali is going to be towing you over to BRYC. You can register when you arrive and the cost is $25 per sailor. All opti sailors attending the invite should also arrive here at 7:30. Coach Brooke will be towing you over to the club.
Friday, July 3, 2009
*Patriotic Ali takes face paints the beginner classes*
*Nick Dawson and his USA face paint*
4th of July Day was a HUGE success! The sailors arrived at WDYC in their red, white and blue and began the day with the pledge of allegiance. They then broke off into their classes chanting "USA" and decorated their boats for the holiday. The classes continued to work on boat handling and light breeze sailing. They worked to navigate through the fog and did a great job staying together!!
A reminder that there is NO CLASS on Monday. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Thursday's storms kept sailors on land, but the instructors worked hard to keep them busy with sailing related activities. The opti classes continued to work on tacking using their tillers and sitting in chairs. The beginner classes worked on their knots as they tied up Ali and Patrick to the chairs! They also played sailing jeopardy and outlined the parts of the boat. DJ had his class doing push-ups, sit-ups and running racing while rigging their 420's! It was very impressive.
The 420 Team took off to Chatham and had a great day learning team racing tactics from Charlie Enright. They were on and off the water due to the weather but they kept busy and learned a lot! Coach Mildred took lots of notes and will be working with the team to improve before regatta travel.
A reminder that the WDYC Invite is on Monday and there will be NO CLASSES! If you can volunteer for the day, please see me in the office.
Keep your fingers crossed for sun!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Patrick and Erin Daly had a great afternoon with the Sea Squirts class as they went for their first boat ride of Bass River! The kids were all smiles as they learned about the parts of the boat and were excited to end class with a swim off the dock.
Brooke's intermediate opti class practiced using their tiller extensions today. They started on land practicing on chairs and eventually were out on the water showing off their skills. They looked great and are really starting to look comfortable being back on the water!
Best of luck to the 420-A team tomorrow at their team race in Chatham. We are going to have a meeting for the 420-A team parents on FRIDAY at 4:30 in the junior yacht club. We will discuss regatta logistics, parent/sailor/coach responsibilities and discuss the plans for this season. The schedule is very full for regatta travel so your attendance at the meeting is mandatory.
Rain, rain, go away!!!