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.


If you have any remaining questions, please contact the Sailing Director, at or the Head Coach at


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Register for Spring 2020 Race Teams

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


    • The Red, White and Blue (RWB) Fleet is for intermediate to advanced 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. RWB focuses on advanced boat-handling, strategy, conditioning and tactics. The sailors become exposed to a strong team atmosphere, learning both fleet racing and team racing skills. Prerequisites: Sailors have advanced past the Green fleet curriculum and own their own Optimist.

    • Green Fleet is a beginner and intermediate level Optimist racing program, designed to build on the basic sailing and racing skills. Green Fleet sailors are typically between 8-12 years old. Green fleet sailors are strongly encouraged to purchase their own Optimist or they can charter a Club Opti in the fall. The curriculum focuses on improving sailors' boat handling, racing skills and rules knowledge. Green Fleet sailors learn more about small boat racing, including tactics and race courses. Sportsmanship, care of and responsibility for equipment is emphasized in all activities. The Green Fleet sailors are strongly encouraged to travel to both local and national regattas. Regattas help create personal connections and relationships with other young sailors from different Clubs. Prerequisites: Sailors have sailed in at least one season of Lime fleet, sailed in a regatta or have shown advancement in boat-handling, seamanship, and general knowledge.

    • Lime Fleet is designated for beginner sailors fresh out of our summer learn to sail programs. The emphasis is onbasic seamanship, rigging, steering, sail control, balance, boat handling, safety, learning, and fun! Through classroom and on-the-water activities, students are introduced to water safety, boat controls, basic sailing maneuvers, basic seamanship, wind direction, sailing a course, navigation and marine ecology. Lime Fleet sailors are between 7 and 10 years old. Ultimately the goal for students of Lime Fleet is to build self-reliance and confidence through sailing an Optimist without another student, or Instructor in the boat. Sailing alone demonstrates the proficiency we intend for every sailor. Prerequisite: Sailors have completed summer sailing Levels 2, 3 or recommended by their coach. Sailors should have an interest in sailing and are able to sail their own boat.

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