Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pre-Season Meeting Recap

Hello Sailors and Parents,

We had our pre-season meeting on Monday night- thank you to all who came! Here is a recap for everyone: (you can find all the forms and most of the information at )  
The high school sailing team is a club sport at each school and therefore we treat it the same as any school sport.  Therefore, the expectations are the same regarding attendance at practices, races, and fundraisers.  Everyone on the team is expected to work together as a team, this includes helping your peers, traveling together, staying together, and competing together.  All three high schools practice and compete together in most regattas.

Most all our communication is done via email, so please help us out by responding to emails quickly and make sure we have your current email address.

All sailors must fill out the forms and checks outlined in the sailor packet attached.  All forms must be filled out and turned in before our first practice. Returning sailors need to show proof of a current WWUAA Alumni Card. Team fees are $200 check out to Whatcom Community Sailing and the $35 check out to WWUAA (unless you are returning and have renewed online).

As a club sport each sailor is required to comply with the schools athletic eligibility requirements. Sailors can pick up a packet from their schools athletic department.  This includes a Physical Form, Eligibiliy Packet, Concussion Form and ASB Card.  These items get turned into your school AD secretary.  If you have not already scheduled a physical do so ASAP so you can practice next Tuesday. Go in to your athletic director secretary this week to verify that you have met all the school requirements.

Our first practice is Tuesday Sep 3rd. We will practice Tues/Thurs 3:15-6:30 till the end of Oct.  We will be conducting a swim test for all new sailors at the first practice. Please bring a wetsuit, towel and warm clothes.  PARENTS- Please help us by scheduling dentist and doctors appointments around our regular practices.  Practices are held at Lakewood. If you need a carpool, please contact us and we will put you in touch with another sailor from your school.

We require all sailors to have a Type III Coastguard approved lifejacket, a whistle attached to the life jacket and a wetsuit. There will be days where we will require a wetsuit or you won't be able to sail. We strongly encourage proper gear, such as gloves, booties, and no cotton. On our gear page on the website, we suggest places to buy gear and what kind of gear to get. (Westcoast sailing offers high school students 15% off gear, and free shipping). Please ask us or your fellow sailors what gear we recommend if you have any questions.

Please arrive at practice as soon as possible after school gets out.  8th graders can participate in all regattas on the schedule with the exception of district championships or national events if we qualify.

Please see our website for a schedule of all regattas.  

REGATTA SIGN UP - Please fill out this regatta sign up form so we know which events you absolutely can not make.  We expect you to attend all required regattas, so if you can not make a regatta please come talk to us so we can discuss why.

We are excited to have your sailor on the team, and will be kept very busy organizing practices, regattas and teaching them how to become awesome racers! So, we will need your help! Regatta travel is usually based on parent drivers. We try to reimburse for gas, and food is usually free for parents or very cheap.  Please take a look at the regatta schedule and make note on which regattas you would be able to drive.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or visit our website for information. We are excited to be starting another season of sailing! See you on the water!

Scott Wilson
Coach - WCS
360.303.1759 c

Sunday, August 25, 2013

High School Sailing Meeting

Sailors and Parents,

Tomorrow (Monday) is our Pre-Season meeting, 6pm @ Lakewood.  This meeting is for both parents and students.  We have many important topics to cover including practice and regatta schedules, expectations, and required paperwork. It will also be a good meeting to attend for new sailors interested in joining the team, so encourage anyone who might be interested to come.  

Practice and Regatta schedule are posted on the website:

Practice starts Tuesday Sep 3rd @3:15.

Attached are the forms and waivers that each sailor, new or returning, needs to fill out.  Please complete these forms and bring to the meeting tomorrow along with team dues.  For a list of everything that is required see the Join Page of our website.  Returning sailors do not need to fill out a WWU Alumni Application, but do need to show proof of membership with either a copy of your alumni card or receipt of renewal.  

We will go over all this in more detail tomorrow, but feel free to contact me if you have questions! 

Scott Wilson
Coach - WCS

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Boat Cleaning Tomorrow

Sailing Team,
Our boat cleaning fundraiser is tomorrow.  We will be meeting in front of Gate 3 (by the BYC) at 8:45a.m. Please bring a bucket, sponge or scrubber, and a hose.  Label your stuff. Family and friends are welcome to come help out also! Dress for getting wet, and bring water and a lunch.  We will wash boats till 2pm.  If you know anyone who wants their boat washed but hasn't signed up, have them email me.  Alumni or parents should come help supervise!
See you tomorrow.

Scott Wilson
Coach - WCS
360.303.1759 c

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Fall High School Sailing Season

Sailors and Parents,

Important upcoming dates to add to your calendars:

Based on your responses Aug 23rd from 9am-2pm works for the most people to have our boat cleaning fundraiser.  Let's plan on that day and time.  Please pass the word on to anyone who might want their boat washed.

Pre-Season Meeting
Our fall pre-season meeting with be Monday August 26th at 6pm at Lakewood.  This meeting is for both parents and sailors to discuss the upcoming season. 

First Practice
Our first practice will be Tuesday September 3rd 3:15pm to 6:30pm.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from that point forward.

Upcoming August Regattas
McCurdy Cup - This weekend 17-18
Junior Olympics - Aug 24-25

Scott Wilson
Coach - WCS
360.303.1759 c

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fundraiser and Regatta RSVP SOON


It turns out Aug 18th was a bad day to have the fundraiser, no one could make it.  So lets plan another day.  This time you tell me when you can make it.  Here is a quick online poll I would like all of you to take and tell me the days that you for sure could attend the fundraiser.  Please respond soon so we can get the word out.

Also, there are still FJs available to borrow for this weekends regatta.  Some of you who are not already registered should consider pairing up and racing an FJ.  If you would like to sail but don't have a partner let me know and I will help you find one.

Scott Wilson
Coach - WCS
360.303.1759 c

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bellingham Regatta This Weekend

Sailors and Coaches,

Just a reminder to register for this weekends regatta in Bellingham.  Register here:  The fleets registered so far are Lasers, Radials, Optis, Bics, and 29ers!  Register soon to ensure we order enough t-shirts.  Also, let me know if you need anything and I will help you get out sailing.

See you Saturday,

Scott Wilson