For nearly a
decade, CYC Foundation has partnered with the Rickover Naval Academy, a
Chicago Public School (CPS) located within Senn Public High School in the
Edgewater community to promote the nautical arts. Begun as a sail safety
and training program in 2008, this relationship has introduced sailing at all
levels to well over 200 students. In addition to traditional Sonar and 420
training programs, the program has provided sailing opportunities on
Etchell's during the 2008 Worlds, the J-105 fleet, Farr 40's, a Volvo 70 and a
few Wednesday night "soda pop" crew spots.
Having evolved to
be more than a sailing program, the CYC Foundation has enabled CPS
students to learn about local nautical history, discover the science
involved in the manufacture and operation of sail boats, enjoy the yacht club
environs during Fleet Reviews and annual Military Balls (Belmont and
Monroe) and connect with yacht club members. One of the major programs
involves sending young women on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on a tall ship
during the summer. Over the past seven years, 29 girls have been provided
grants to crew a working tall ship on the waters of both Lake Michigan and
the Atlantic Ocean.
The Rickover Racing Sail
Program follows a strong format of consistent curriculum, instruction and
scheduling. Through a partnership, CYC Foundation supports the Rickover Academy
NJROTC racing team by supplying safety equipment, sail training and
transportation. There are two distinct teams within this program. The
Development Team teaches beginning and intermediate sailing to the cadets. If
Development Team members progress and want to move to the next level, they are
promoted to the Race Team. The race team focuses on advanced sailing techniques
and racing tactics that they apply on the racecourse against other Midwest high
school teams. With this structure, the cadets are able to mingle with students
from other high schools and go back to their school with unique experiences and
Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic
The Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic, sponsored by the CYC Foundation, is a high-level educational opportunity for the country’s most accomplished junior 420 and Laser sailors who are working hard to elevate their racing skills to the next level. The clinic is named for Tom Neill, who was an avid Chicago Yacht Club sailor and competitor locally and nationally.
The program recruits top-level college coaches from around the country to work with up and coming high school sailors. The Clinic consists of lectures and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim and boat speed. Coaches use daily video footage, archival footage, chalk talks, land demos and on the water exercises. The experience is rounded out with nightly guest speakers, presentations, and Chicago sight-seeing to show the sailors new avenues of sailing and a little of the amazing city of Chicago.
Click here to read a letter of appreciation from a junior sailor to the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation.
For applications or more information, visit neilladvancedsailingclinic.com.