Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sailing Team Meeting Recap

Hello Sailors and Parents,

We had our pre-season meeting on Tuesday 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 recognized club sport at each school and we treat it the same as any school sport. Therefore, the expectations are the same regarding attendance at practices and races as any sport. Everyone is expected to work together as team, including 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 (students and parents).

All sailors must fill out the forms and submit fees outlined in the sailor packet attached. All forms must be filled out and turned in before our first practice. Team fees are $235; make check out to Whatcom Community Sailing. **You do not need to pay if you paid in the fall**

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, Eligibility 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 on 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, March 3rd. We will practice Tues/Thurs 3:15 - 6:30 through May 14th. We will be conducting a swim test of ALL 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 life jacket, a whistle attached to your 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. ( 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 the 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 cannot 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.

Monday and Wednesday we will meet at Sehome at 2:45 to workout.  These workouts are not mandatory like practices. Mondays will generally be running workouts, and Wednesdays will be in the weight room. Workouts are slightly weather dependent, so if it is a miserable Monday, we will resort to the weight room. Respond to either Shea or Liam if you will be attending the workouts so we don't leave without you!

First workout is Monday MARCH 2nd, we will be the weight room. Respond to Shea at 360-441-1272. Or Liam at 360-201-4626

New this year we will be trying a text message notification system for all the sailors. The new messaging service we are trying is called Remind. To sign up send a text message 
TO: 81010
Message: @sailboats

If you are a high schooler, we would like you to be on an additional list so please send another message
Message: @bhssailing   (if you go to BELLINGHAM)
      or      @shssailing   (if you go to SEHOME)
      or      @sqhssail      (if you go to SQUALICUM)

Jacket orders are going to be due on TUESDAY MARCH 10th. Shea will have sample sizes to try on at practice, as well as order forms. These will run at about $105 dollars, all inclusive (jackets and embroidery of logo and name). Theses are not mandatory, but highly suggested as it make our team look more professional.

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 in 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 email or visit the website for information. I am excited to be starting another season of sailing!

See you on the water!

Scott Wilson
Coach - WCS

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pre-Season Meeting Tomorrow @ BYC

Sailors and Parents,

Tomorrow, Tuesday Feb 24, we will have our Pre-Season meeting, 6pm @ BYC.  Not Lakewood as usual.  The meeting will be downstairs of the BYC.  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 for the fall season are posted on the website:

Practice starts Tuesday Sep 3rd @ 3:15 at Lakewood.

Attached are the forms and waivers that each new sailor needs to fill out.  Returning sailors from the fall only need to update medical forms if necessary. Please complete the attached forms and bring to the meeting along with team dues which are $235. ALSO, all new sailors must pick up an athletic packet from your school, fill it out, and return it to your school.  A sports physical is also required, so get that scheduled ASAP.  All returning sailors must be cleared with your AD secretary prior to the first practice. All this paperwork is required before you can practice. For a list of everything that is required see the Join Page of our website.  

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

Scott Wilson
Coach - WCS
360.303.1759 c

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rules Talk @ WWU Tonight

Tonights rules talk will be continuing rule 18 and we will meet at WWU Comm Room 115 again at 6:00pm.