- Sign up at the following links to let Molly know you want to sail in a high school regatta, or junior sailing regatta.
- Register your team's boat (done by HS Parent Rep or Skipper) with each host club at the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA) website.
Ten Steps for Competing at Regattas
- PLAN AHEAD! Sailors Sign up so that Molly knows which regattas you are available to race in.
- Drivers Sign up to indicate if they can tow a trailer and for which direction.
- Molly assigns skipper and crew to each team.
- Skippers (or their parent) register and pay for the regatta; crew will need to reimburse the skipper if they paid for both during registration. (Some high schools choose to have the Team Parent register all the sailors.)
- Molly assigns boat and sail numbers for Team Parents to update the registration.
- Skippers, crew and parents read the Notice of Race (NOR) that outlines the schedule for the day, meals, and race course details; this is typically posted on the hosting club’s website. (For High School regattas, links to NOR and race results can often be found on the PCISA website.)
- Parents and sailors organize carpooling – sometimes with the drivers who have volunteered to tow.
- Parents and sailors secure overnight accommodation when travel is necessary; this may mean volunteering to chaperone. For some regattas you need to be planning well in advance to arrange for flights and hotel accommodations.
- Sailors help with boat loading that typically takes place Thursday afternoons from 3-6pm.
- Sailors review the “Regatta Prep Checklist” and prepare for a successful regatta.
TYPES OF Regattas
The Northern California Yacht Clubs and PCISA host a series of races for High School teams from Northern California only. There are two tiers of regattas: "One-Days" (those for the more entry level teams/sailors that require only two kids from the same school). And "Divisional Regattas" (those for full teams of at least four sailors, which mimic the PCISA Regattas). 8th graders may sail for the school they intend to enroll in for 9th Grade as long as they are paired with a current student from that High School.
Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA) schedules a series of CFJ races hosted by PCISA and ISSA, during the school year. Schools enter one team with an A and B Division and sailors rotate boats throughout the regatta. A full team is at least 4 sailors where at least 3 are from the same school. Only teams where all 4 sailors are from the same school can advance to the Pacific Coast Championship (PCC). The combined scores for the series qualifies a school for the PCC's, with the top 4 schools advancing to the ISSA National Championship. 8th Graders sail for the high school they intend to enroll in and may not sail in District Qualifiers and/or National Championships.
Bay Area Youth Sailing (BAYS) offers a series of races for junior sailors to represent PYSF and race in the following fleets: Opti Green, Opti Championship, Laser Full, Radial, 4.7, CFJ, C420, and 29er. These regattas occur over the Fall, Spring and Summer months. It is highly recommended that sailors compete in the regattas laid out in the schedule.