Brenton Cove Racing Program

 

OVERVIEW

 

The Brenton Cove Racing Program is customized for youth sailors serious about racing Optimists, Lasers and C420s. Each team will have their own accomplished coaches who will teach the skills necessary to thrive on the youth racing circuit. Every summer we have a great variety of regattas to choose from to test each sailor's progress, from the local NBYA regatta to the National Championship. Sailors will learn to plan and strive to execute a goal-orientated summer sailing campaign. Through a collaborative, team-first effort, sailors should expect to learn a lot, push themselves towards their best, and have a lot of fun in the process! 

        
      C420 Team Working to Windward                                                   Optis Rounding the Leeward Mark

 

BCRP was created as a partnership between the Sail Newport and Ida Lewis Yacht Club in 2009. The program aims to provide increased amounts of opportunities, resources, and access to quality coaching for competitive sailors from the two organizations and beyond. Sailor to coach ratio will be low and the quality of the coaching will be high. Coaches will come with multiple years experience and will focus solely on their individual teams throughout the summer. 

Management of the program is a cooperative effort with hands-on, day-to-day leadership from directors Kelsey Crowther (Ida Lewis Yacht Club) and Nick Ewenson (Sail Newport).

2019 PRACTICE AND REGATTA SCHEDULE

The BCRP Opti, Laser and C420 teams' practices schedule is semi regular, and may shift around the regatta schedule. Once registered and accepted, you will be invited to Team Snap, our online team managment tool where you will find the most up to date schedule. But in general: 
  • Practices runs Tuesday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm
  • Friday Practice will happen all summer for the Green Fleet team, and periodically throughout the summer for the other teams              
  • Praactice schedule runs June 18th - August 15  
  • The 2019 Regatta Schedule is posted here, but Team Snap has the most up to date information

ENROLLMENT

Unlike Sail Newport's Youth Program, there is no lottery for the BCRP C420, Laser, Optimist Teams. At a minimum, candidates for the program are expected to be knowledgeable about the rigging of their boat, should be able to demonstrate correct sail trim on all points of sail, and be comfortable sailing in close quarters with other sailors in all conditions.

Acceptance to the program is based on skills, experience, interest, and commitment, and Sail Newport/Ida Lewis Yacht Club reserve the right to adjust placements if a sailor does not have the minimum level of skill necessary.  There are also some general guidelines as to minimum weights and or heights that are appropriate for sailors in different classes.   Admission for each team is on a rolling basis until the team quota is reached.  Please contact Racing Programs Manager nick.ewenson@sailnewport.org if you have any questions.



 

 

 

OPTI GREEN FLEET

Green Fleet is the gateway to the world of Opti racing.  At a minimum, candidates for the program are expected to be knowledgeable about the rigging of their boat, should be able to demonstrate correct sail trim on all points of sail, and be comfortable sailing in close quarters with other boats in a wide range of conditions.  Sailors come out of recreational youth programs where they may have done an intro to racing type class, some will have sailed in a shoulder season (fall or spring) Green Fleet program.  Others are simply Opti sailors coming out of intermediate or advanced classes who want to try their hand at racing Optis, and who are ready to make the commitment to a summer of learning how to make a square box go fast, how to navigate around a race course, and what all the flags they see and whistles and horns they hear, mean.  Age range is 9 - 13 years.

The Green Fleet Team sails a regatta schedule that includes all the NBYA day regattas and Jr. Race Week, and one regional event, typically the New Bedford Junior Regatta.  Please refer to the BCRP 2019 Practice and Regatta Schedule for specifics.

OPTI CHAMPIONSHIP FLEET 

Sailors will typically range from those with a season of Green Fleet racing under their belts, to those who have sailed on the USODA National Team and traveled extensively.  As a general guide, Opti racing sailors range from 60 lbs - 110 lbs, and as tall as 5' 5".  Age range 10 - 15 years.

 




 

 

 

LASER AND LASER RADIAL TEAM

Sailors are expected to have at least completed a course of introduction to competitive sailing in any class of sailboat and/or participated in local/high school or other Laser racing, and many will have experience traveling to regional events already.  As a general guide, Laser Radial need to be 13 years of age and a min. of 115 lbs to participate and be able to handle the boat safely.



 

 

 

 

CLUB 420 TEAM

Sailors are expected to have at least completed a course of introduction to competitive sailing and/or participated in local/high school 420 racing, while many will have experience traveling to regional and national caliber events already.  As a general guide, C420 sailors need to be 14 years of age and a min. of 115 lbs to participate and be able to handle the boat safely.

CLUB 420 SAILING PARTNERS

Most C420 sailors in the program have a partner whom they plan to sail with, and we strongly encourage C420 sailors to come with a partner, someone with whom they are familiar and share common competitive goals. However, it is not uncommon that C420 sailors, particularly those in their first or second year of competitive sailing may not have settled in with a specific sailing partner (either skipper or crew). For sailors in their first season of racing C420s, the coaches will rotate sailors in and out of helming and crewing so that they can learn both positions, even though they will go on to favor and specialize in one or the other. Please contact Nick Ewenson for assistance in finding a skipper/crew to sail with, or if you have any questions about partners.



EQUIPMENT AND CHARTER BOAT AVAILABILITY

First season BCRP sailors who do not have a boat (or in the case of C420 sailors, are not partnered with someone who has their own boat), may charter a boat for $450 (ten Opti's for Opti Green sailors, 4 Laser Radials, and a total of 10 spots

- 5 boats for C420 sailors are available).  Assigned as paid applications are received till they're all spoken for.  All other sailors are expected to provide their own boat, or in the case of C420 sailors, to partner with a sailor who has a boat. 

Please contact us if you currently do not have a boat as we can work with you to find a boat that will fit your budget. nick.ewenson@sailnewport.org

 

 

 

Please e-mail Nick Ewenson or call 401-846-1983 with any questions about eligibility and choosing the right program. 

BCRP FEES AND ONLINE REGISTRATION