PURPOSE: Youth Sail Team aims to give young sailors interested in improving their skills a chance to get on the water and have fun doing so. Racing is used for continued education since the process of getting from point A to B as fast as possible involves total understanding of good sailing practices.
NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: Youth Race Team is sponsored by Privateer Sailing Education Foundation (PSEF), a non-profit, 501c3 corporation located on the Privateer Yacht Club property, Hixson, Tennessee. We appreciate your ideas, support, and donations.
2023-2024 TEAM SEASON SCHEDULE: Season runs a full calendar year starting in September. Coaches will schedule approximately 20 weekend practice sessions of 2 hours+ each and extend opportunities to attend local and regional youth regattas.
PROGRAM BOATS: Available for Youth race Team are Optimists, Lasers, & 420s.
OPTIMISTS for ages 8-15 with weight up to 120 lbs (or over, by coach discretion.)
LASERS for youth sailors who have outgrown the Optimists. Youth programs utilize a smaller, radial sail than the Olympic sized adult sail.
420 Sailboat is a two-person boat with skipper & crew. 420s are sailed at most universities with race teams.
COST: $400 season fee per youth team member. Scholarships are available. Discount for multiple children from the same household -$50/team member. Reduction of Junior Membership fee available at checkout for current PYC Family & Associate members. Enrollment is not guaranteed until payment is received.
COST BENEFITS: Paid experienced coaches, use/maintenance of PSEF/club boats & equipment during practices & regattas, team shirt, communications through TeamSnap, Junior Membership in Privateer Yacht Club.
ELIGIBILITY: Youth sailors who are PYC Family, Associate, or Junior members and have completed one or more weeks of Youth Sail Camp, or similar learn to sail program, and have a desire to continue learning to sail and race consistently throughout the upcoming year are eligible to join the Privateer Youth Race Team. Information about applying for membership can be found in the "Team Registration" paragraph, below. Commitment to Inclusion: The Youth Race Team will be open to any sailor, regardless of ability. Movement from beginner to advanced, or what is sometimes called the traveling team, will be based on ability.
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY: Our web host requires a small processing fee added at checkout. The team fee amount can be refunded upon request until October 15 but the processing fee cannot be refunded.
TEAM COMMUNICATIONS:Once enrolled, the Coach will help connect the youth sailor and parent(s) to the TeamSnap app for team schedule & communications.
COMMITMENT: Safety is everyone’s #1 priority.
See the PYC-PSEF Rules and Privateer Yacht Club Rules & Guidelines at https://www.privateeryachtclub.org/ for details. Expectation is that sail team members will arrive and rig for practice on time. Parents are encouraged to volunteer during regular team practices by helping rig, clean up, water/snacks, and related support as needed. Team members are encouraged to participate in local and travel youth regattas. Regatta registration, travel arrangements, and expenses are not included in the team fee.
Youth sailors who are not covered under a PYC Family or Associate membership must complete the Junior Membership application: https://www.privateeryachtclub.org/membership-information PYC Youth Race Team Hold Harmless form will be automatically emailed for required e-signature after registration checkout on ClubSpot.
RECOMMENDED GEAR:Life jacket (Type III PFD) and whistle are required.
Regular accessories include hat, sunglasses, gloves, sunscreen. Warm weather clothing typically includes rash guards, swimsuits, and water shoes. Cool/cold weather clothing typically includes wetsuit, spray tops, hiking pants, and sailing boots.