|Steve Williams Memorial Regatta|| June 25-26 @ Willamette Sailing Club||Notice of Race|
|WIND Regatta||July 9-10 @ CGRA (Cascade Locks, OR)||Notice of Race||Registration||Results|
|Ray Jarecki Youth Regatta||July 30-31 @ Sail Orcas (West Sound)||Notice of Race||Registration|
|Bellingham Youth Regatta||Aug. 6-7 @ Bellingham Yacht Club||Notice of Race||Registration||Results|
|US Sailing Junior Olympics||Aug. 20-21 @ Shilshole (Hosted by SYC)||Notice of Race||Registration||Results|
|JAM Regatta||Sept. 10-11 @ Port Madison Yacht Club||Notice of Race||Registration|
|Sept. 24-25 @ Sail Sand Point (Seattle)||Notice of Race||Registration||n/a|
The Northwest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC) is a racing series put on by local clubs and sailing centers. The NWYRC is dedicated to providing youth with the opportunity to compete in the sport of sailboat racing against junior sailors from other local programs. Sailors ranging in age from 8-18 who live in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia are encouraged to participate. There are seven regattas which make up the Summer Series and six regattas (new for 2015-16!) which make up the Winter Series. Sailors in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia are encouraged to join the NWYRC (it's FREE). Click Here to Join NWYRC
Historically, sailors usually compete in the Opti, Laser/Laser Radial, CFJ, C420, and 29er classes. The Opti and Laser Radial fleets are usually the largest, but it varies from venue to venue. The emphasis is on fair, friendly, and inclusive competition. Most events are put on by dedicated parents and volunteers. Host clubs work to keep the entry fees affordable. The typical regatta is around $40 and often includes a T-shirt, lunch, and prizes. The NWYRC is a great place to make friends, hone your skills against new competition, and enjoy some fantastic places. Turn any of these regattas into a family vacation or an excuse to get away for the weekend.
The Notice of Series includes details about eligibility, scoring, and contact information for each of the host clubs. Each host will publish a Notice of Race prior to their event with additional details regarding entry fees and registration, the daily schedule, if charter boats are available, and whether or not there is camping or housing available to traveling sailors. The Notice of Race is an especially important document to familiarize yourself with before traveling to a regatta. These "NORs" will be posted below as they become available, typically one month prior to the event.
|Pumpkin Bowl||Oct. 15-16 @ West Vancouver Yacht Club||Notice of Race||Registration|
|USODA NW Champs||Oct. 22-23 @ Sail Sand Point (Opits Only)||Notice of Race||Registration||Results|
|Turkey Bowl||Nov. 19-20 @ CYC Seattle (Shilshole)||Notice of Race|
|Portlandia Cup||Feb. 4-5 @ Willamette Sailing Club (Columbia)||Notice of Race||Registration||Results|
|Frigid Digit||Feb. 11-12 @ Shilshole||Notice of Race||Registration||Results|
|Kitten Cup||April TBD @ Royal Vancouver Yacht Club||Notice of Race||Registration|
Check out the Notice of Series for Complete Details
Photo Credit: Erika Winner
There are plenty of other great regattas to attend in 2016. Although some of these events are in our own backyard, they are not part of the NWYRC. Some of these regattas require sailors to qualify, while other are open events. Traveling to new places and competing against sailors from other regions is a great way to hone your skills. We're lucky to be hosting a couple of pretty big laser events this year. The Gorge is hosting Laser North American Championships, which is open to Laser sailors of all ages. Sail Sand Point will be hosting the Leiter Cup, which is US Sailing's Youth Women's Single-Handed Championship. Qualification for Leiter Cup is not necessary, so female Radial sailors should all have that one on their radar.
*Dates subject to change. Updates will be made periodically. Check with host clubs/organizations for most up to date info