The Participants: This “clinegatta” is for MIXED GENDER (up to 50/50 male/female) teams of four who collectively have strong racing backgrounds. Some familiarity with match racing is a plus but NOT a requirement. Invitations will go out to qualified FEMALE SKIPPERS before others on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Coaching: High-performance sailor and rising star match racer Allie Blecher will lead the coaching team. She will be assisted by Nicole Breault and members of their respective match racing teams. Topics will include advanced J/22 handling, rules & tactics of match racing, plus adapting strategies to the sailing conditions along the StFYC waterfront. Friday and Saturday will consist of on-the-water drills and classroom sessions, while Sunday will be an official race day.
About Allie Blecher and Team BAAM!: Allie was a four-time Collegiate All-American sailing for the College of Charleston before breaking out to compete in various performance racing circles, including the Laser Radial, 49erFX and post-college team racing. Building off some J/70 and Melges racing experience, she made her debut with Team BAAM! (Beka Schiff, Ali Blumenthal, and Meg Six) finishing 4thin the 2017 Bedanne Cup, a stop on the highly competitive WIM Series circuit. Since then, Team BAAM! has made it known they are on the hunt for glory, both nationally and internationally. They were runners-up in the 2018 US Women’s Match Racing Championship, competed in the 2019 Nations Cup Grand Final and just last February clinched another silver in the lion’s den of sailing at the New Zealand Women’s National Championship. If you aren’t convinced on the basis of racing prowess, then Allie also brings a whole slew of coaching to the table. Before recently getting a job in the aerospace industry, she ran the Alamitos Bay YC youth sailing program and she remains a regular guru at annual CISA clinic.
To Apply: Applications are for teams only. If you are an individual sailor interested in participating, but you do not have a team together yet, please go to the StFYC Crew Finder to share your information and to find others who might form a team with you. In addition to your contact information, be sure to indicate:
- your interest in this event
- your experience level on J/22s or small keelboats like them
- what position(s) you prefer/are skilled at (main trim, jib/spinnaker trim, pit, bow)
- what, if any, match racing or team racing experience you have
Invitations will be issued on a rolling basis.
For More Information:
Event Organizer, Nicole Breault: email@example.com, 203-671-7908
StFYC Race Director, Graham Biehl: firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-820-3710
StFYC Race Coordinator, Grace Carrick: email@example.com, 415-655-7756
Match Race Clinegatta
7/5/2019, 7/6/2019, 7/7/2019