RIOT Shoulder Season Program



FALL 2018 ONLINE REGISTRATION

 

PLEASE READ ALL INFO CONTAINED HERE CAREFULLY AS THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES! 

The 2018 Fall Season is fast approaching and we're excited to be starting practice the weekend of September 8th - 9th for Champ and Green Fleets!  

RIOT will be travelling to Little Egg Harbor YC for the NJ States August 19 - 21 for any interested sailors.

At the conclusion of the fall fleet racing season, there will be three weekends of Team Racing Clinics for interested Opti sailors.

SAIL NEWPORT RIOT PRACTICES: 
Lead by Head Coach Joakim Karlsen, a stellar group of coaches will be working with the program including: Lisa Downey, Caden Buckley, Caroline Atwood, Patrick Clancy, Janet Thacker, Kathleen Tocke, Rich Feeney, Charlie DiPrima and more.  Opti sailors will learn boat handling techniques, tactics and strategy, regatta management, conditioning and more with this talented group of coaches.   With a 7 : 1 sailor to coach ratio in Champ Fleet, and 1:6 in Green Fleet, sailors will get lots of attention and coaching feedback.  Practices are held at the Sail Newport Sailing Center, in Fort Adams State Park.

PREREQUISITES: 
Training is offered for ALL levels of Opti RACING sailors, from those with experience and prior organized instruction - to those who wish to start racing in Green Fleet - to advanced sailors who have raced with one of the USODA National Teams.           

The practice days are more structured and rigorous than a typical summer program schedule.  While fun is a critical component of the racing program,  we emphasize learning new skills, challenging the sailor, and developing commitment to the sport.  

RIOT SKILL GROUPS:
S
kill groups are organized to enable us to work most efficiently on moving from Green fleet to Team Trials-Qualified (TTQ). After every practice, the coach for each specific group will send a personalized email to the sailor talking about what went well and what will need improvement. 

When registering please choose the group (Champ or Green) your sailor will be in. If in doubt just ask us for placement advice. 

Min. Age for Green Fleet is 9 years and 10 years for Champ Fleet

Green Fleet  

  • Intro to racing (often includes sailors who have just completed a summer of green fleet).  Min. age 9 years. 
  • Should be confident in the rigging of an Opti, fundamental nomenclature and be comfortable sailing on all points of sail in winds in the low/mid teens.
  • Aspire to sail in the Halloween Howl at the end of the fall season, and possibly the Opti New England's in October.

Champ Silver:    

  • Strong green fleet and champ fleet sailors
  • Experience sailing in local and possibly regional regattas
  • Will spending quality time working on technical skills
  • May sail in one or two National events (Fall ACC's or Opti NE's)

Champ Gold: 

  • Not TTQ yet 
  • Typically two seasons of Champ Fleet experience, and regional regatta experience
  • Committed to sail major events
  • Main goal is to qualify for TTQ 

TTQ: 

  • Qualified for Team Trials/ or have been qualified in the past
  • Trying to qualify for National team and International regattas 

PRACTICE FORMAT
We will practice in small groups, focusing on technical skills and strategy in the morning, with larger group racing drills in the afternoons.
 

GEAR AND COLD WEATHER SAILING:
Sailors are required to wear gear appropriate for what can be cold and wet fall sailing conditions.   Dry-suits are not required for the fall, but spray gear and layers appropriate for the temps are a must.  PFDs MUST BE US COAST GUARD APPROVED!

2018 REGATTA SCHEDULE:

NJ States @ Surf City YC, New Jersey August 19 - 21

Atlantic Coast Champs @ Little Egg Harbor YC, New Jersey  September 22-23

Opti New England's @ Sail Newport, Rhode Island  October 6 - 8

Halloween Howl @ Sail Newport, Rhode Island  October 27 - 28

DATES AND RATES: 

Champ Fleet Weekends Sept 8th - Oct 27th (Halloween Howl) 

$525     7 Practice/Regatta Days 

$700     10 Practice/Regatta Days 

$780     12 Practice/Regatta Days 

Green Fleet (Saturdays OR Sundays):   

Dates: Sept 8th - Oct 27th (Halloween Howl)   

Rate:  $520 

 

SIGNING UP FOR DAYS AND MISSED PRACTICES:
Sailors must be listed on the Team Snap practice/regatta schedule a minimum of 7 days in advance in order to attend a given practice/regatta. While efforts will be made to accommodate last minute requests for changes to selected dates, it is not guaranteed and there are no refunds for missed or unused days.

CHARTERS:
Sail Newport has a limited number of charters available.  Priority goes to Green Fleet participants, Champ Fleet second.                    

PERSONAL BOATS:
Any participating sailor will be able to leave their boat/spars/blades and dollie at Sail Newport - storage is included during the time a sailor is signed-up to participate.

FINANCIAL AID:
If you have any questions about financial aid or other, please do not hesitate to ask, we will be happy to work with you!

TEAM COMMUNICATIONS:
All messaging and announcements will be made through TeamSnap. This is an online portal that parents will need to sign up for after an invitation via email from Kim.. 

SOCIAL MEDIA:
All of the communications for the program will be through TeamSnap. However, please stay tuned to our Facebook page for up to date postings on activities.

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