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 www.whatcomsailing.com )
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!
Coach - WCS