Junior Race Program
No race experience necessary!
The SSC Junior Race Team had a very successful 2018 season, and we're excited to be coming back for another year of sailing in 2019.
We have space for fourteen sailors, aged 11-17 years. For a monthly fee of $250, they'll train in a Club 420 or RS Feva dinghy for three evenings per week, which includes coaching and practical experience in conjunction with our Wednesday night club racing. This is a sport in which boys and girls can be equally competitive.
Sailors are welcome to join the team at any point in the season, subject to available space and at the discretion of the coaching staff. Regular attendance is expected, and is integral to a sailor's success and progression.
The program will run from April to October, with training taking place on all Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. Information and any changes or updates made to the schedule will be shared with race team sailors and parents via TeamSnap.
Sailors with an appropriate skill level will be able to participate in organized trophy racing at SSC, and at other clubs. In addition to racing at SSC, there will be the possibility of participating in BC circuit regattas. Sailors are welcome to participate in any, all, or none. Possible regattas will include:
Kitten Cup @ RVYC - April 27-28
COSA Regatta - May 19-20
WAVES @ RVYC - June 29-July 1
Whistler Regatta - Aug 24-25
Commodore's Cup Regatta @ RVYC - Aug 28-30
Pumpkin Bowl @ WVYC - Oct 19-20
Bluenose Regatta @ KYC - Nov 2-3
Costs for regattas are not included in the price of the regular program and will be the responsibility of regatta participants. Parents will be expected to assist with transportation of sailors and boats.
In addition to regattas, sailors will also be able to participate in training camps with other teams from the Lower Mainland. Dates and locations for these camps will be communicated once they have been finalized.
Our program is able to accommodate and develop sailors of all skill levels, from sailors new to racing to seasoned racers. Through participation in weekly sessions of coached racing and training, sailors will build skill and confidence and develop as individuals and as a race team.
Sailors will be sailing in club-owned C420s and RS Fevas, but will be responsible for providing their own personal sailing gear. This will include PFD, whistle, booties, and sailing gloves. We would also recommend a wetsuit, fleece, and spray top for cooler weather. Sailors may be held from participation in training sessions if their gear is not appropriate for the conditions.
Scholarships and Volunteer opportunities
The Surrey Sailing Club is proud to offer our Clift Scholarship to SSC members looking to become coaches. This scholarship covers some of the costs associated with the Sail Canada/BC Sailing training involved with becoming a coach. Being part of a race team is an excellent way to build confidence and knowledge that will be a strong asset on a young sailor's path to coaching. In addition, race team sailors are also welcome and encouraged to volunteer with our coaching staff during our CANSail and Daycamp lessons. This practical experience further sets up young, prospective coaches for success.
For more information, contact our Race Team Coach here