Racing Education

Rickover Naval Academy Partnership

The Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Sea Dragons Sailing Team from Chicago's JROTC high school, Rickover Naval Academy. The Foundation provides coaches and instructional tuition, as well as dry suits, PFD's and all the basics necessary for putting a sailing team on the water.

As the one of the very few high school sailing team among the Chicago Public Schools, Rickover is also the only JROTC naval academy in the country with a competitive sailing team.

Every spring, the Foundation hosts the Rickover Invitational Regatta for area high school sailing teams. Sailing from the Chicago Yacht Club's station at Belmont Harbor, the 2011 Rickover Regatta included competitors from nine area schools in 20 boats.

"The Chicago Yacht Club Foundation has been an incredible supporter for Rickover. The cadets on the sailing team have such a great time and learn so much. It had become a major part of the life of the school." ~ Lt. Cdr. Mike Tooker, Commandant

For more information about the Foundation's partnership with Rickover Naval Academy, or about sponsorship opportunities for the Rickover Regatta, please contact the Foundation.

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Chris Mitchell
Trustee, Chicago Yacht Club Foundation

Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic

The Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic, sponsored by the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, is a high level educational opportunity for the country's most accomplished junior 420 sailors who are working hard to elevate their racing skills to the next level. This clinic is named for Tom Neill, who was an avid sailor and competitor locally and nationally. The program consists of lectures and on-the-water drills including tactics, strategy, sail trim, boat speed, etc. Coaches utilize daily video footage, archival footage, chalk talks, land demos and on-the-water exercises. Nightly guest speakers, presentations, and Chicago site-seeing round out the experience by showing the sailors what other avenues of sailing are available to them and allow them to see a little of the amazing city of Chicago. For further information and application see: