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Sailing Overview

The St. Croix Yacht Club offers diverse year round sailing opportunities for members of all ages.

Our Junior programs range from introductory with a focus on developing a love for the lifelong sport of sailing, to competitive racing locally, regionally and international world class events.

  • Junior members can learn about sailing in one of the SCYC Junior Sailing programs.
  • GHCDS High School Sailors train hard and compete regionally and nationally. Go PANTHERS!
  • We offer exciting Summer Sailing programs for kids looking to develop skills during summer vacation.
  • Adult sailing lessons are also available at the club, ranging from fun to more competitive.

Sailing Blog

  • March 05, 2020 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    St Croix Yacht Club Laser Radial Sailor Places at 2020 Laser Midwinters East Regatta  

    The 2020 Laser Midwinters East Regatta held February 19-23 in Clearwater, FL saw challenging conditions, from no wind to over 20 knots of breeze with temperatures as in the high 40 on some days.  After ten races and a lot of hard sailing with over 80 boats in this highly competitive Laser Radial fleet, ISV sailors made it to the podium.

    Mateo Di Blasi finished 5th (STYC), Mathieu Dale 8th (SCYC) and Julian van den Driessche  21st (STCY). The top 8 finishers received trophies.  

    Midwinters East is the second in a three event qualifying series for the ISV Laser Radial sailors for the Youth World Championship to be held in Brazil in December 2020.  

    Top Finishers Laser Radial Class Midwinters East

    Coach Erik Bowers with ISV Laser Radial Sailors Mathieu Dale (SCYC) and  Mateo Di Blasi (STYC)

  • February 19, 2020 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to both JJ and Lucy Klempen who are just 2 points out of first place with 20 points at the 29’rs Mid-Winter’s East Regatta at the Miami Yacht Club.  Our other St. Croix boat, Milo Miller and Steve Hardee are in 8th place with 42 points.  A total of 24 boats competed.  Great job, St. Croix Sailors!


  • January 17, 2020 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ten Socio-Emotional Benefits of Sailing

    Published on July 5th, 2018

    by Samantha Yom, SingaporeSailing

    There’s something about sailing that makes it quite unlike other sports. More than just skill and strategy, it teaches certain values that shape sailors into the unique athletes that they are.

    Yet, we’re often so focused on the physical aspects of sailing that we forget how much we stand to gain from the sport – both socially and emotionally. So here’s a list of the top 10 socio-emotional benefits of sailing.

    1. Grit

    You could say that just about any sport offers a lesson on resilience, but sailing is a sport that demands an inner strength far greater than most.

    In this sport, it’s sailor versus the elements. Whether you’re a novice experiencing strong winds for the first time or a national sailor met with three-meter high waves in foreign waters, you learn to keep fighting – no matter how uncomfortable it is. Capsize? Just upright your boat and keep sailing.

    2. Confidence

    Most sailors’ foray into the sport begins with the Optimist. It’s a single-handed boat, which means it’s controlled by a sole sailor. Alone on the boat, sailors – as young as six or seven – are constantly required to make their own decisions. They don’t always make the right ones, but the opportunity to think for themselves helps them grow in self-confidence.

    Once you’ve conquered three-meter high waves, you can do almost anything.

    3. Teamwork

    Though they sail individually, sailors are forced to work together from day one. After all, no one sailor can lift his or her Optimist boat alone. Over time, sailors gradually realize that working together not only helps speed things up, but also allows them to learn more from one another.

    4. Friendship

    Perhaps one of the most valuable takeaways from sailing is the friendships forged. It’s inevitable that sailors bond with one another during windless days and scary storms. You also get to make new friends with international sailors as well, especially during those international regattas.

    5. Sportsmanship

    Touched a mark without anyone catching you in the act? Complete your penalty anyway. Sailing is a self-governing sport, which means it’s completely up to sailors to abide by the rules and uphold the fairness of racing. It’s a matter of integrity and sailors learn the importance of playing fair and respecting the rules of the game.

    6. Learning to Lose

    In sailing, the conditions are ever-changing. Regattas are held over a few days and every day presents a different sailing condition. As a result, positions are always changing during a regatta – and even during a race itself. Unpredictable conditions also mean that you could go from leading a race to coming in dead last.

    You can’t win every single race in sailing, so sailors learn to accept defeat and move on – a particularly important skill since races are held back-to-back.

    7. Patience

    Whether it’s mastering a sailing maneuver or waiting for the next wind shift, sailing is a test of patience. Sailing maneuvers are so complex that it could take weeks of practice to execute them well, consistently.

    8. Responsibility

    Sailing is a sport that requires a fair bit of equipment. From bringing your sunglasses, gloves and wind indicator to cleaning your boat before a regatta – sailors learn to take ownership of their equipment from the very start of their sailing journey. They learn to be responsible for their decisions as well – be it a bad tactical decision or a sail setting.

    9. Managing Emotions

    As we’ve mentioned previously, sailing conditions can be quite unpredictable. It is through experiences of winning and losing that sailors gradually learn to control their emotions. They find ways to deal with their feelings when they’re alone on the boat – the joy, frustration, et cetera. At the end of the day, the best sailors are the ones who are able to best manage their emotions and prevent them from affecting their performance.

    10. Discipline

    Due to its nature, sailing can be quite a time-consuming sport. It takes up a significant amount of time on the weekends too – precious time that could be spent on school work or with friends. That being said, it builds a sense of discipline in sailors, as they learn to priorities the little time they have and stay focused.

    Summary

    And with that, we realize how sailing is not just a sport that keeps you fit, but also one that develops you into a well-rounded individual – something far more important than winning medals.



  • January 17, 2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GHCDS Varsity Sailing Team competes at South Points #4, Ransom Everglades HS, Miami, Florida

    The GHCDS Varsity Sailing Team traveled to Miami Florida this past weekend to compete in the South Points #4 regatta held at Ransom Everglades High School in Coconut Grove Florida.  

    The weather was perfect for sailing, sunny and with winds around 15 to 20 knots, which decreased to 10 to 15 knots as the day went on.

    More than 25 teams participated across both varsity and junior varsity teams. Each team participated in 6 races per division, all on 420 class boats.  Sailors did an excellent job on the water and during the rotations, navigating the narrow canal to the dock with ease.

    Our GHCDS Varsity team sailing in A division skipper Mathieu Dale, crew Lucy Klempen and  B division skipper JJ Klempen and crew Elyssa Franklin did a stellar job holding their own in this very competitive Varsity fleet finishing 4th overall! Go Panthers!  

    https://scores.hssailing.org/s20/south-point-varsity/







  • December 16, 2019 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GHCDS Sailing Team competes at South Points #3

    Friday December 6, 2019

    Friday GHCDS Sailors had  practice with the Venice High School sailing team at the Venice Yacht Club.  Arranged by Kelly Severn, past SCYC Waterfront Coordinator. Olivia Hanley, GHCDS and SCYC Jr sailor alumni joined the team and took them out on the water until the Venice team arrived, after practice our team enjoyed the Venice holiday boat parade. A big thank you to Sylvia Schindler for chaperoning our team! 

    Saturday, December 7, 2019

    The GHCDS Sailing team competed in South Points #3 held at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Sarasota, Florida.  A beautiful sunny day in Sarasota provided only enough light east breeze before noon to sail races one and two in A Division and race one in B Division, before dying out. Multiple General Recalls were the norm for both A and B division starts. After an almost 3 hour delay, a light westerly filled in (with current running up the course against the breeze) and race 2 in B Division was completed after three general recalls, followed by Races 3 in A and B Divisions, with rotations being completed between them. Competing for GHCDS Varsity Division A; Milo Miller Skipper/ Brielle Schindler crew,  Division B; Ariana Schwartz Skipper/ Elyssa Franklin crew. Lucia Bishop Alternate. Our Team did a stellar job in challenging conditions of light and shifty winds and held their own as freshman against mostly upperclassmen sailing teams! Our young team has a bright future ahead! https://scores.hssailing.org/f19/southpoints-varsity/full-scores/

     



  • November 15, 2019 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The GHCDS HS Sailing Team competed against the best high school sailors in the nation in two prestigious invitational regattas this past weekend,Nov 9&10, 2019, The College of Charleston Invitational and the Atlantic Coast Championship.  

    The College of Charleston Invitational(CofC) also served as the Caribbean qualifier for a berth in the District Qualifier for the HS National Championships.  Competing at College of Charleston in A division were skipper Mathieu Dale/crew Lucy Klempen, in B division Skipper JJ Klempen/crew Carson Oakley, Coach Mack Bryant (CDS Alumni and All American Collegiate sailor).  This 2 day event started on Saturday with 40 degree temperatures with a fluctuating 5-12 knot breeze out of the north and strong current playing a role tactically, with a hard push by sailors and Race Committee the fleet completed 14 races getting off the water at sunset.  On Sunday temperatures where only a few degrees warmer with light and shifty winds allowing only 4 races before the wind died. In this heavily competitive fleet our Panthers finish 4th in Division A and 6th in Division B for an overall finish of 5th out of an 18 boat fleet.   Antilles School finished 2nd overall qualifying them for a berth in the District Qualifier for HS Nationals. Well done Panthers we will get them next time!

    Our GHCDS Panther Sailors competing at Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC) in Toms River, NJ had a very challenging regatta, arriving late Friday night (thanks to airlines delays) to freezing temperatures and light and shifty winds.  Saturday high temps in the 30s, these Crucian sailors put up a good fight against some of the best teams in the Nation. Saturday began early with the sailors removing ice from their boats. The winds were light and shifty causing a two hour postponement while the race committee waited for breeze and made course adjustments. Our Panther Sailors had great attitudes and fought hard all day completing 9 races, getting off the water just before sunset. 

    Sunday was slightly warmer but with gustier heavy winds, the kids had some great races. Again completing 9 races rounding out 18 races for the regatta.  Division A skipper Milo Miller/crew Brielle Schindler rotating with Lucia Bishop finished 15th and Division B Skipper Ariana Schwarts and Elyssa Franklin finish 20th  for an overall fishish of 18th out of 20 boat fleet. Thanks to Tim Franklin who chaperoned our ACC Team



  • October 20, 2019 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SP#2

    High School Sailing– A note from Coach Stanton: GHCDS sent up 8 Sailors(a Varsity team and a JV Team) and a Coach to compete October 19, 2019 at the Second Points Regatta for the South Atlantic District (SAISA) in Jensen Beach FL.  There were 25 teams from around the State of Florida that attended the Regatta, over 150 sailors. The conditions were a bit overcast and winds were a bit sporadic. The teams were able to get four races in on Saturday. The GHCDS Varsity and JV team were sitting both in 7th after the first two races. The final two races the Varsity team got more comfortable with the conditions and boats and almost won the event! Varsity finished 2nd out of the 25 teams that attended. JV remained consistent and moved up one place in the last two races. Over all, a great showing for GHCDS.

    Varsity Team = A division; Mathieu Dale / Lucy Klempen, B division; JJ Klempen / Carson Oakley.

    JV Team = A division; Milo Miller / Scott Vercher, B division; Arianna Schwartz/ Elyssa Franklin.

    Mathieu Dale and Lucy Klempen, doing what they love, and doing it well!

  • September 29, 2019 6:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SP #1

    Hollywood,FL- September 28th, Our Good Hope Country Day School HS sailing team competed in SAISA first South Points Regatta of the 2019/2020 Season.  GHCDS had teams competing in both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions. The venue was challenging with light and shifty winds, changing currents and moored boats obstructing the race course, in true Panther spirit our team rose to the occasion. This was the first HS sailing regatta most of our very young team has ever competed in, our team comprised of mostly freshman and sophomores held their own in both Varsity and JV divisions.  Our Varsity A team (skipper Milo Miller/ crew Lucy Klempen) having the only freshman skipper and our Varsity B team(skipper JJ Klempen/crew Carson Oakley) having the top finishing freshman skipper, and a bullet in the second race. Varsity finished 11 overall out of 25 Varsity teams! Our JV Team with A team skipper Lucia Bishop/ crew Brielle Schindler and JV B team skipper Ariana Schwartz/ crew Elyssa Franklin performed well with some great races. JV finished 10 overall out of a 16 boat fleet.  Our team was complemented by organizers and other team leaders on our teams politeness, helpfulness and good sportsmanship well done Panthers! GHCDS Sailing team's next event will be in Jensen Beach FL on October 19. Please support the GHCDS Sailing Team's food sales to help with teams transportation costs.


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