JSA’s annual Racing Clinic, co-sponsored by Oyster Bay Sailing Foundation helps sailors improve their ability to qualify for JSA champs in August. Conditioning, on-the-water drills, and interactive discussions about boat speed, tactics, and rules take place during the clinic.
At Port Washington Yacht Club on June 27 to 28, head coach Stan Schreyer and coaches Morgan Wilson and Marlena Fauer brought their enthusiasm, knowledge, and racing experience to train sailors in Club 420s, Standard Lasers and Radials.
Both days of the clinic began with rigging and preparing for sailing. Stan explained the goals and drills.
With overcast skies in the morning on Saturday, light rain began around 1 pm. Wind picked up in the afternoon, gusting to 25 miles per hour.
Sailing focused on boat handling and speed. Marlena led two 420s while Morgan led nine lasers, and Stan alternated between groups.
Returning the next morning, on Sunday, weather stayed overcast and wind speed averaged around 12 mph. Stan discussed racing strategy, including pre-race planning and using visual aids to recognize wind.
On-the-water drills focused on starting and racing tactics. Morgan led a mark rounding drill with the lasers, with her coach boat as the mark.
Debrief followed and sailors derigged. The clinic’s inspiring coaches successfully prepared sailors to improve their technical skills this racing season.