CYC Race Teams

Chicago Yacht Club Race Teams

For years, the Chicago Yacht Club has been able to provide junior sailors with one of the country's premier yacht club racing programs. The teams travel locally, regionally and nationally racing in some of the most competitive regattas in North America.

Acceptance onto any of the racing teams is based on prior sailing experience and coach evaluation. All members of the Chicago Yacht Club Race Teams are expected to be active and productive members of the team at all times, both in practice and at competitions.

Any travel that our racers do relies heavily on parent involvement for transportation, chaperoning and general team support. Regatta expenses such as travel, meals, entry fees and lodging are the responsibility of the individual sailors. These expenses are not covered by the program tuition.

Members of all teams must be sons or daughters of Regular or Associate Members, or, Junior Members.

During the Spring and Fall seasons, we offer an Optimist Racing Program for Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner Sailors. Sailors are broken down into three fleets: RWB (Red, White, Blue) for advanced and intermediate sailors, Green Fleet for beginner racers, and Lime Fleet (Fall only) open to sailors fresh out of the summer program! Sailors must be approved by the Sailing School staff to participate in this racing program. See more details under Schedule & Calendar and Fleet Descriptions.


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Register for Spring 2020 Race Teams

  • C420 Travel Team
    • The C420 Travel Team represents the most experienced youth sailors of the Chicago Yacht Club Sailing School. Most Travel Team sailors have been a part of the program for years. Extensive knowledge of tactics and seamanship in addition to advanced boat-handling skills are requisite for Travel Team members, and are consistently improved upon throughout the summer. These sailors travel often and participate in high caliber events across North America, including the C420 Nationals, C420 North Americans, the  Buzzard's Bay Regatta and US Sailing Championships in the summer. Additionally, the winter circuit brings them to the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta as well as the C420 Midwinter Championship. The sailors learn valuable skills both on and off the race course as they travel together throughout the country.

      Coach for 2020 C420 Summer Team is Matt Peter

      Full Summer Only    
      June 15 - August 7, 2019 
      Program Fee: $3000 non-member (15% discount to Full & Associate Members, 5% discount to Junior Members)


      Date  Regatta NOR
       June 11 - 14           Neill Clinic at Chicago Yacht Club (outside stand alone event)        Neill Clinic Website
       July 11 -12  Area K Bemis Qualifier at Muskegon, MI  Bemis Qual NOR
       July 14 - 17     C420 North American Championship at Grosse Point, MI        C420 North American NOR
       July 22 - 24  C420 US National Championship at Brant Beach, NJ  C420 National Championship NOR
       July 27 - 28  C.J. Buckley Team Race Championship Regatta at TBD          C.J. Buckley NOR
       TBD  Hyannis Regatta at TBD  
       August  7 - 8  Buzzard's Bay Regatta at New Bedford, MA  Buzzard's Bay NOR


      Register for Club 420 Summer Race Team


      For more information or questions please contact Coach Matt Peter at or the Sailing School office at

  • C420 Great Lakes Team
    • The C420 Great Lakes Team reinforces for its sailors the specific skills necessary for sailing in C420 racing dinghies. The C420 Great Lakes Team is one of the placement options for the more accomplished Optimist Race Team sailors who have aged out of or are too big for the Optimist class. Sailors entering the C420 Great Lakes Team must show competence in boat-handling and have knowledge of rules and tactics. The C420 Great Lakes Team places emphasis on the development of racing skills and teamwork in competition. The C420 Great Lakes Team focuses on learning how to compete while using a trapeze and spinnaker in fleet racing. Sailors also learn tactics and some basic rules of team racing. The sailors travel to local and regional regattas to gain valuable experience in larger fleets, and to prepare them for more advanced racing. (If participating in a half summer, the sailor will compete in the regattas which fall during the half session.) 

      By the end of the summer, the most qualified members of the C420 Great Lakes Team will be ready to join the C420 Travel Team, and may have opportunities to race during the winter season.

      Coach for 2020 Great Lakes summer team is coming soon

      Full Summer or 1/2 Summer

      Full Summer:   June 15 - August 7, 2020
      1/2 Summer:    June 15 - July 10 or July 13 - August 7
      8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

      Date  Regatta NOR: all coming soon
       June 11 - 14  Neill Clinic at Chicago Yacht Club (outside, stand alone event)   Neill Clinic Website
       June 26 - 28        US Sailing Junior Olympic Festival, Lake Forest IL             Jr Olympic Fest NOR
       July 11 - 12  Area K Qualifier, Holland, MI (1st half of summer event)  Area K NOR
       August 1 - 2  CASRA Youth Junior Regatta at Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont   CASRA NOR
       August 3  Mini Mac at Chicago Yacht Club at Belmont  na
       August 4 - 5  Skyline at Columbia Yacht Club  Skyline NOR

      Register for Great Lakes Summer Race Team


      For more information or questions please contact the Sailing School office at

  • Laser Team
    • The Laser Team is made up of individuals who are already experienced racers, and are looking to improve on their skippering skills in single-handed boats. Sailors on the team use their own boats, practicing and competing in either the Laser Radial or Full Rig at local, regional, and national regattas. Emphasis is put on advanced boat-handling and strength, two vital components to successful sailing in a Laser. In addition, the team learns racing tactics, strategy, seamanship, and other skills to excel on the race course. The team travels throughout the summer to participate in highly competitive events around the country. In addition, other travel opportunities exist for those who are interested in racing during the fall, winter, and spring.

       Laser Race Team Head Coach: Youssef Akrout 

       Date Regatta NOR
       December 26 - 29            Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta at Coral Reef Yacht Club, FL              Orange Bowl NOR
       February 19 - 23  2020 Laser Midwinters East Regatta at Clearwater Yacht Club, FL  Laser Midwinter East NOR
       Tentative Summer Schedule   please note events are subject to change  
       July 2 - 5  2020 Laser Canadian Championships at Ontario, Canada  Laser Canadian NOR
       July 11 - 12  Area K Bemis Qualifier (Laser Radial) at Muskegon, MI  Bemis Qual NOR
       August 1 - 2   CASRA Youth Junior Regatta at Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont  CASRA NOR
       August 3  Mini Mac at Chicago Yacht Club at Belmont  na
       August 4 - 5  Skyline Regatta at Columbia Yacht Club, IL  Skyline NOR
       August 11 - 14  US Sailing 2020 Chubb US Junior Championships, Macatawa, MI   Chubb Champs Info

      Register for 2020 Laser Summer Race Team


      2019 - 2020 Winter Regatta Master Doc

      View the Regatta Master Document, where you can find logistics for each regatta.


      For more information or questions please contact  the Sailing School office at 

  • Opti RWB Fleet
      The Opti Red, White and Blue (RWB) Race Team is for experienced Opti sailors who are ready to compete at the highest level and are under 15 years of age. The Opti RWB Team competes in many local events, but also prepares sailors for National and International Optimist events, focusing on advanced boat-handling and tactics. The sailors become exposed to a strong team atmosphere, learning both fleet racing and team racing skills. Sailors who have advanced past the Green Team curriculum and have their own Opti are eligible for the Advanced Optimist Race Team. The Advanced Optimist Race Team places an emphasis on travel, participating in many local and national regattas, including Optimist Nationals, Junior Olympics, and various fall and winter regattas. Coach for 2020 Opti RWB Spring Sailing is coming soon.

      Sailing Sailing starts on April 4th and ends on May 21st
      Practice: Tuesday & Thursday 4p - 7p & Saturday 9a - 3p
      Price (includes regatta coaching): $950 for non-member, 15% discount for full or associate CYC member, 5% discount for junior members.
      A la Carte Price: Tuesday and Thursday $50 for each day; Saturday $140, membership discounts apply 

      Registration Deadline for Spring Sailing: March 13, 2020; $50 applied to any late registration

      Date  Regatta NOR link
      December 21 - 22*   Winter Cup at San Juan, Puerto Rico     n/a
      February 15 - 16*   ODP Camp at Clearwater, FL   n/a
      March 13 - 15*   Gulf Coast Championship, Houston, TX  NOR
      March 28 - 29   Olympic Development Program 2, Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont   n/a
      April 18 - 22   Team Trials Practice, Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook TX  n/a
      April 23 - 26   USODA Team Trials, Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook TX  NOR
      Summer Schedule          coming soon  
       *Excluded from Fall or Spring Sailing Fees

      Registration for 2020 Spring Optimist RWB


      2019 - 2020 Winter Regatta Master Doc

      View the Regatta Master Document, where you can find logistics for each regatta.


      For Regional, National, and International Optimist news, visit the official US Optimist website,


      For more information or questions please contact the Sailing School office at or call 312-861-7777 ext. 5563

  • Opti Green Fleet
    • Sailors are strongly encouraged to participate in any regattas to which the team is traveling during that sailor's session, should the coach deem them ready to race. Depending on availability, sailors may be able to participate in regattas that follow a sailor's participation in the program. This will be at the discretion of the coach and the director.

      2020 Opti Green Spring Sailing

      Saturday Practice 9am to 3pm
      Each sailor should pack a snack & lunch.
      Price for Spring Season $750 (discounts apply 15% for full members and associates, 5% for junior members)
      Season Begins April 4th (dependent upon ice melted from Belmont Harbor) and ends May 16th.

      Date  Regatta  NOR 
      Spring and Summer       calendar coming soon      

      Register for 2020 Spring Opti Green Fleet


      To read an explanation of the USODA Green Fleet policy for competing in regattas, please look in the FAQs at


      For more information or questions please contact the Sailing School office at

OPTI RACE TEAM Spring 2020 Practice Schedule

Fleet  Date Starts  Tuesday Thursday Saturday
RWB  April 4, 2020*  4pm - 7pm 4pm - 7pm 9am - 3pm
Green  April 4, 2020*     9am - 3pm 

*Practice dependent upon ice fully melted from Belmont Harbor.
All Fleets should pack a snack & lunch for full day weekend practice. Make sure to eat a solid breakfast.

There are sailors with severe nut allergies, please do not bring any food with nut ingredients (peanut butter, almond butter, granola bars, etc.).

Coaches will arrive ready to start practice at the designated times. RWB and Green Fleets should be rigged and ready to begin from the classroom. If your sailor requires more time to rig, arrive earlier.

Each sailor should have his or her own tool box complete with all necessary items to prepare the boat, including sail ties, electrical tape, etc.

Click to register for spring sailing 

Cancellation Policy: Fall and Spring Sailing has limited space for Opti RWB and Green fleets, therefore no refunds will be granted once registered for our Fall and Spring Sailing programs. 


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