Sunday, August 30, 2009

2009 Pictures on Snapfish!

Pictures from summer 2009 have been uploaded to Snapfish. Check them out!

WDYC Pictures

Friday, August 28, 2009

Summer 09- THANK YOU!

Last Friday night we hosted our sailing graduation to recognize the hard work of our sailors here at WDYC. It's hard to believe that the program has come to and end and eight weeks went by so quickly. A BIG thank you to everyone who made this summer so successful. To all of the parents who were so supportive, thank you for your help! A big thank you to the race team parents who not only assisted with regatta travel but trailered and towed boats for us. Also, to the parents who donated snacks and waters for each event, you kept our sailors energized and bringing home the hardware.

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 :-)

Thanks again,

SMART Clinic

SMSA Parents, Sailors, and Coaches:

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:

Saturday 8/29
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.

Sunday 8/30
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!

Justin Assad
Head Coach
University of Vermont Sailing Team
ph: 917.846.6852
em: jassad(at)

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

Week 8 ALREADY?!

It's hard to believe we are in WEEK 8 here at WDYC! It was a crazy Monday as Harry Potter week kicked off with sailing quidditch throughout the classes. There were smiles all around as our sailors tried to find the golden snitch. Sailing quidditch will continue throughout the week and we will keep you posted on which house wins!

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 :-)

Pirate Day Pictures!

Pirate Brett's Peg Leg

*A BIG thanks to Mrs. Mastrocola for the delicious pirate day cupcakes!*

Friday, August 14, 2009

Harry Potter Week at WDYC

Next week is our last week of the program and we will be playing sailing quidditch throughout our classes. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sullivan/Hamel Opti and Halpern-Reiss 420 CUP RACES!

The Sullivan/Hamel Opti and Halpern-Reiss 420 Cup Races will take place this Sunday (8/16) and all sailing school students are encouraged to race! Sailors are to have their boats rigged by 10 am for the skippers meeting so we can start heading out to the race course shortly after. If you are unsure if your child is ready to race, ask their instructor. This is a great opportunity for our new racers to get out there on the course!

Please sign up on the sheet in the JYC.
See you then!

Tuesday: Light Wind and Hot Weather Calls for Capsizing and Swimming!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Movie night will be held TOMORROW (Wednesday) at the regularly scheduled time.

Hyannis Port Invite!

Thursday morning is the Hyannisport YC Opti Invite, please sign up outside the sailing office if you are attending. So far we have: Eddie, Brad, Matthew, Shamus, Sebastian racing.

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.

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*



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!!

WDYC brings home hardware!

Rob Bergh Photography

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!

Results here

Sailgroove interview with Sebastian (click here)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Beverly Plan

The 420-A team will be loading the boats onto the trailer tomorrow at 4:00 after practice. They will be departing for Beverly on Monday to rig and have a short practice with the Tabor team. They will report to WDYC at 6:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. We will keep you posted on the results!


Mrs. Galanis has generously offered her time to put together the end of the year slide show. If you have pictures from this year please email them to or bring them to Meghan on a cd.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Greenie's have a great day at Barnstable!

Alexis, Carly, Chloe, Eddie, Jake, Joe and Noah all participated in the green fleet regatta hosted by the Barnstable Yacht Club yesterday. With light breeze in the morning the sailors had a hard time getting out, but as it picked up in the afternoon they ran six races total.

Overall the kids had a blast and represented WDYC proudly. A big congrats to all of our racers and thank you to Mr. Rea for the pictures and Mrs. Banks for the snacks and water!
Way to go WDYC green fleet! Keep up the good work.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Check out Sailgroove!

Coach Ali has made WDYC an official team on and posted videos for all 420's sailors to watch and learn from. Take a minute to check them out because WDYC's own Chris Love is doing an AWESOME job working for sailgroove!

Sailgroove (click here!)

HYC Regatta Results

Over the weekend we had four WDYC 420's and two opti's participate in the three day Hyannis Yacht Club regatta. They raced against sailors from all over the world and it was one amazing event. With winds gusting to 30 on Friday, the teams held on and battled the intense breeze. They had a break on Saturday as conditions brought light winds gusting to 3. Postponement held off the races for an hour but our sailors stayed focused and were ready when the flag came down. Sunday evened the first two days out and blew a steady 15 all day. Our racers had a great experience sailing in an open fleet regatta and a big congratulations for working so hard!

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)
Opti Results

Pictures from HYC regatta:

Yarmouth Invitational and Belle of the West

This Wednesday we are sending three boats to the Yarmouth Sailing Invitational.
-Mac/ Brian

*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

Barnstable Green Fleet Regatta

Next Tuesday 8/4 Barnstable Yacht Club will be hosting the annual green fleet ONLY regatta. This is great regatta for our first year racers to attend. If you are interested in sailing, please ask your instructor if your child is ready to race.

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
Registration: 8:00

420-A Sails Fast at VHYC Regatta

-VHYC Regatta pictures compliments of the Goggin's-
As they left on Sunday to tow the boats over to Vineyard Haven, the chopping conditions didn't interfere with the WDYC tow. As they arrived on the island, they rigged their boats and prepared for the two day SMSA regatta.

Early Monday morning, the wind was blowing but it was a breeze for our sailors. They had five races total the first day and during the fourth race, coach Mildred was thrilled as WDYC rounded the windward mark in 3rd, 4th and 5th.
Tuesday morning the light breeze resulted in a slow start. The race committee could only get 2 races off before the fog started rolling in and the breeze completely died. Even though it was light, we had some great finishes the last day. Awesome job race team!
A BIG thank you to Mr. Warner and Mr. and Mrs. Goggin for helping tow the boats over and transport the sailors and their gear. Another big thanks to Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Warner for chaperoning the regatta.
The team will be practicing in Hyannis today in preparation for the three day Hyannis Yacht Club regatta. Good luck and sail fast!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spinnakers are flying!

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


A BIG thank you to all of the parents who have dropped off empty laundry detergent jugs that we have turned into bailers. We really appreciate the donation, thanks a lot!! Keep the bailers coming!

Monday, July 27, 2009

SMSA Standings!

Each year the Southern MA sailing association designates 8 regattas as sponsored by SMSA. The best 4 out of 8 finishes are calculated into an overall SMSA standing. They have just been posted and our sailors are doing great! Check it out:


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.

Wianno Plan

Green Fleet: Eddie, Chloe, Carly, Joe
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 :-)


Attention all 420-B parents!
We are having a mandatory meeting at 4:30 to discuss logistics for Scituate and Belle of the West. See you there!

Friday, July 24, 2009

420-B Friday Fun :-)

-Ali Love


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

Our Sailors Need Bailers!

Our bailers have slowly disappeared throughout the summer and we are looking for your help! The best bailers are made out of laundry detergent jugs and empty orange juice/milk jugs. When you are empty on these household essentials, PLEASE donate them to the sailing program instead of throwing them away. If you can help us out, please drop these empty containers in the office.

Thank you :-)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

WDYC Wednesday brings smiles and push-ups!

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 It would bring lots of laughs and lots of fun.

Summer fun in the sun :-)

Thank you to the Sullivan's for sending these awesome pictures from the WDYC Invite!!