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Sailing Overview

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.

Our Instructors:

Meg Deegan - Waterfront Coordinator.  Meg and her husband Greg are long time members of SCYC and St Croix.  Meg has an extensive sailing background, with a passion for teaching sailing, she is a US Sailing Level 2 Instructor and holds a USCG Captains License.  She also has diverse experience in the profit, non-profit industries and financial management.  Meg energetically covers a mix of office administration and waterfront duties at SCYC for which we all are very appreciative.

Doug DeRue - Instructor.  Doug and his wife Cecy are long time SCYC members, islanders and impassioned        supporters of Junior Sailing.  Doug holds a US Sailing Level 1 Certification and digs sharing his lifelong love of sailing , but Doug's true passion is Beach Cats (and Cecy).  Doug has served as Club Manager, Board Member and continues as an Instructor and a tireless volunteer willing to jump in where/whenever needed.

Assistant Instructors:

Lucia Bishop - US Sailing Instructor - Level 2
Mathieu Dale - US Sailing Assistant Instructor - Level 2 
Elyssa Franklyn - Assistant Instructor
Alex Tonin - Assistant Instructor

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  • September 01, 2021 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • August 22, 2021 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Racing begins at 29er World Champs

    Published on August 26th, 2021

    Valencia, Spain (August 26, 2021) – The 2021 Zhik 29er World Championship got underway today for the 189 teams which completed three qualifying races in a building sea breeze which reached 15 knots near the end of final race which saw the Oscar flag flying to signal pumping under class rules was allowed. With two days of qualifying remaining, the early leaders are Antonia Schultheis/ Ole Ulrich (MLT) with top North Americans JJ Klempen/ Steven Hardee (ISV) and Sophie Fisher/ Hoel Menard (USA) in third and fourth respectively.

    Racing for the 189 teams on August 26-31. All competitors must be at least 13 years of age in 2021 with no maximum age, and prizes will recognize the top men’s and women’s teams along with the top teams under 17 years of age.

    North America is represented by seven teams:

    JJ Klempen and Steven Hardee (ISV):  18th

    Sophie Fisher and Hoel Menard (USA)
    Sammie Gardner and Alice Schmid (USA)
    Ian Nyenhuis and Noah Nyenhuis (USA)
    Anton Schmid and Peter Joslin (USA)
    Fynn Olsen and Pierce Olsen (USA)
    Griffin Gigliotti and Jack Welburn (USA)

  • August 04, 2021 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    USVI sailor wins national sailing award . Article below.

    USVI sailor wins national sailing award.pdf

  • June 24, 2021 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our very own Mathieu Dale  has clinched 4th in the International Laser Class Association, National Championship! 

    Result Link: https://theclubspot.com/regatta/RE55JpGbfE/results

    Event info: https://theclubspot.com/regatta/RE55JpGbfE

  • October 01, 2020 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For many young people, sailing has been a bright spot in an otherwise challenging year. Getting on the water provides a respite from the difficulties of school and personal lives that have been disrupted, and the opportunity to disconnect from the day to day, digital world. I wanted to share a brief letter from Youth Advisory Board member Emma Friedauer on the impact that sailing has on kids and teenagers, and to highlight her passion for sailboat racing.

    By Emma Friedauer, US Sailing Youth Advisory Board  

    When I race, I feel like I belong. The racecourse is where I can go to decompress after a stressful week and spend time with my teammates and best friends. I have a sense of importance, focus, and drive when I’m racing, supported by a team that is practically my family. Sailing has become my happy place. 

    One of the most important things I’ve learned from racing is that there is always room for improvement. I can now apply this to all aspects of my life. In school I won’t give up when a certain subject or lesson is challenging. At work I try my best to do every part of my job to the best of my ability, because I know that the details will be important in the long run. Racing has taught me many life lessons that I may not have learned otherwise. 

    Together, my sailing community has become a family. We’ve learned how to support each other, on and off the water, encourage each other when we are struggling, and cheer each other on when we are succeeding. The sport of sailing has a way of unifying us, no matter our differences. It has changed my life forever and I will continue to pursue sailing for the rest of my life. 

    At US Sailing, we feel it is critical to see the sport from the participants perspective, especially kids. Thank you for your support of US Sailing’s Youth programs. Together we can help more kids like Emma grow into lifelong sailors.


    John Pearce, US Sailing Youth Director

  • 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

    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.


    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!  


  • 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/


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