ST. JOHNS TDC YOUTH REGATTA
Two days of Racing • April 7th & 8th
Optimists and 420s Sailors 8 – 18 yrs
The Youth Regatta will be sailing in the shadow of historic structures like St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marco and the beautiful Bridge of Lions. They will race in a protected, challenging saltwater venue where parents, tourists and spectators can cheer them on from the waterfront viewing area. An expert race committee with lots of safety boats will ensure safe, fair competition. All sailors will check in at the St. Augustine Yacht Club on Saturday morning. Skipper’s meetings will be held at separate locations for the 420s and Optimists, with directions provided at check in. Participants will also be treated to lunches and a great pizza / ice cream awards dinner at the St Augustine Yacht Club Sunday after the regatta.
Regatta Fee: Optimist – $35; 420s – $50 (covers both Skipper and Crew). A $10 late fee will be charged for registrations received after March 31st.
We are delighted to be able to offer this great event again through the generosity of our Sponsors. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (904) 568-8405 or by email at SARWJUNIORRACING@GMAIL.COM
Jack Feeney, Chairman Youth Sailing Events
St. Augustine Race Week
To participate, each Skipper (Youth Sailor) must fill out a two-part registration by clicking on the Youth Regatta Registration link, below.
Youth Sailing Regatta
is sponsored by
JOHN DANIEL MEEHAN YOUTH SAILING SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Named for a man who was instrumental in transforming St. Augustine Race Week into a city-wide top-tier event, the John Daniel Meehan (JDM) Youth Sailing Scholarship Fund brings the joy of sailing to underprivileged kids all across the NorthEast Florida region. Scholarship recipients have all fees paid so they may attend one of the summer sailing camps run by First Coast Sailing Association member clubs.
Each year, member clubs reach out to community organizations seeking youngsters ages 6 to 18 who wish to participate. Many of the kids have never been in a sailboat or a boat of any kind. At local yacht clubs the kids learn all the basics of sailing in small boats and have a ton of fun as well. Perhaps some of these kids will sail in a future St. Augustine Race Week.
Young people who receive JDM Youth Sailing Scholarships will attend one of the Sailing Camps run by St. Augustine Yacht Club, Florida Yacht Club, The Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Smyrna Yacht Club or Halifax Youth Sailing.
This will be the fifth year of the scholarship program and we’re aiming to serve around two dozen kids. If you know of a worthy youngster for the program, just contact the JDM Youth Scholarship Committee at one of the Yacht Clubs named above.
What is a 420?
There are two types of 420 Dinghies. One is known as the International 420 Class Dingy, the other is known as the Club 420. It’s the latter version will be sailed in the St. Johns TDC Youth Regatta. The International 420, unlike the Club 420 has a spinnaker and optional trapeze making it a far more demanding boat to sail and race. The International 420 class is recognized by the International Sailing Federation and raced all over the world. The name comes from its 4.2 meter overall length . In feet that’s 13 feet 9 inches. But who wants to sail a 139?
The type of boat being sailed in the St. Johns TDC Youth Regatta is the other type of 420 known as Club 420. It is slightly stronger, heavier and more simply rigged boat than the “International” version so no spinnaker and no trapeze and fewer sail trimming strings to pull. The simpler rig is designed to be sailed easily and safely by younger sailors. Throughout North America it has become very popular at yacht clubs and junior sailing organizations for training and youth racing programs.
– Dave Montgomery, SAYC
What is an Optimist?
The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. Nowadays boats are usually made of fibreglass. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, as well as the slowest dinghy in the world. The Optimist is recognised as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation.
The Optimist has a pram hull. Just in front of a bulkhead, which partitions the boat nearly in half, is the daggerboard case. Right behind it on the centerline of the hull floor are attached a pulley and ratchet block. These anchor the sheet and its pulley on the boom directly above. At the bow resides a thwart to support the mast which passes through a hole in its centre to the mast step mounted on the centre line of the boat. The painter, a rope used for securing a boat like a mooring line, is usually tied around the mast step. Buoyancy bags are installed inboard along each side in the front half of the boat and at the stern to add buoyancy in the event of capsizing.
The single sail of the Optimist is sprit-rigged. Two battens stiffen the leech. It is secured evenly with ties along the luff to the mast and along the foot to the boom, pulled down tightly by a vang/kicker. The light, slim third spar, the sprit, extends through a loop at the peak of the sail; the bottom rests in the eye of a short cable or string which hangs along the front edge of the mast. Raising and lowering the sprit and adjusting the boom vang allow for adaptation of sail trim to a range of wind conditions. Similarly, the Optimist has a small string outhaul on the end of the boom. It is usually correct to tighten the boomvang, outhaul, and sprit in heavy winds and loosen them in light winds. As well as this, huge adjustments can be made to sail shape, due to all of the ties running along the mast and boom. Due to its inherent stability, unstayed rig, robust construction and relatively small sail, the Optimist can be sailed in winds of up to 30 knots.
– From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, ref. Optimist (dinghy).