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ABYC 2012 Summer Program Registration Form is Now Available!

Summer is just a few months away and ABYC is proud to announce the continuation of the award winning ABYC Summer Junior Program. The Summer Program is offered for beginning, intermediate and racing Naples Sabots, as well as Lasers, Laser Radials, FJs, 420s, and 29ers! We look forward to seeing our more accomplished racers back on the water and welcoming new sailors and watching them enjoy this wonderful sport!

The 2012 Summer Program registration materials may be downloaded here or come by ABYC for a copy.

Download 2012 Summer Program Registration Packet!

Download 2012 Summer Program FAQ!

Download 2012 Code of Conduct

Download 2012 Parent Agreement

Download 2012 Medical Consent Form

Download 2012 Parent Handbook

Download 2012 Racing Parent Handbook

Donate Your Old Sails to the Juniors

Donate your old sails of any size or condition to the Junior Program. We are recycling them into duffle bags, tote bags, etc. to raise money for the Junior Fund and Program. So clean out your garage or boat and simply bring your old sails down to the club. There is a collection box in the Junior Room.

Welcome to Our New Junior Director Matt Beck

ABYC is pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew Beck as the new Jr. Program Director at ABYC. Matt is from New Jersey and has an extensive background in sailing including competitive racing in Lasers and other dinghies. Matts most recent Yacht Club employment was at Nantucket Yacht Club in Massachusetts as an instructor/coach for junior and youth sailors and then as NYCs Director of Race Operations. Matt also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Matt will be starting at the end of January in a year-round position with ABYC. Jennifer Golison has done a terrific job as temporary Jr. Director which should aid greatly in making a smooth transition as Matt assumes the responsibilities of the position.

ABYC Now Hiring for Summer

The ABYC Junior Program is now hiring instructors for our summer program. All instructors must be Level 1 Certified by US Sailing. We are looking for instructors for all levels of sailors, including: beginner, intermediates, C racers, A/B advanced racers, Lasers, double-handed and 29ers. Please email your cover letter and resume to abyc.jrprogram@gmail.com.

Jack Jorgenson Makes SCYYRA 2012 Sailing Team!

Congratulations to ABYC member Jack Jorgenson for making the SCYYRA 2012 Sailing Team for the second year in a row! The Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association sponsors this program to recognize advanced junior sailors from Southern California who have shown tremendous dedication and accomplishment in youth sailing. Each year a select number of the top junior sailors from San Diego to Santa Barbara are chosen to become members of the annual SCYYRA Sailing Team and invited to participate in advanced sailing clinics and otherwise be recognized. Selection of this years team was based on regatta results between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011, as well as age, ability, sportsmanship and geographic location.

ABYC Wins Dick Sweet Team Racing for 2nd Year in a Row!

The ABYC A team won the Dick Sweet Team Racing Series for the second year in a row! Sailing for the A team were Riley Gibbs, Matt McDermaid, Robert Rice and Jacob Rosenberg. Our B team raced a wonderful series as well and finished 6th overall. Sailors on the B team were Richard Bell, Sawyer Gibbs, Steven Hopkins and Alan Peoples.

Ethan Michaelis Wins Silver at Jr. Sabot Nationals!

In August we sent 24 sailors to Newport Harbor Yacht Club for the Jr. Sabot National Championship. Notable finishes included Robert Rice (5th in Gold), Ethan Michaelis (1st in Silver), Kai Jensen (10th in Silver), Scott Fairbanks (4th in Iron), and Carl Olson (8th in Iron). Congratulations to all our sailors and to Mark Gaudios Top Guns who qualified for the Gold fleet: Robert Rice, Riley Gibbs, Matt McDermaid, Jacob Rosenberg, Steven Hopkins, Bradley Clinton, Richard Bell, and Sawyer Gibbs. They all braved NHYCs light breeze (3-4 knots), scattered moorings, and notorious barges!

Sawyer Gibbs Wins Cal 20 Jr. Nationals

ABYC junior Sawyer Gibbs became the latest in his family to win a major Cal 20 title as he sailed to first place in the hotly-contested Cal 20 Junior Class Championship. The regatta, sailed on Saturday, August 20, brought five intergenerational Cal 20 teams: two from ABYC, two from Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club teams, and Team Sawyer, a mixed team since mom Stacey grew up as a CBYC junior. Sawyer, racing the family boat with father Stan and brother Riley--the latter a former Cal 20 Junior Class Champion, won the first race. Race Two was led wire-to-wire by young Jonn Merrill, a fourth-generation Cal 20 sailor, racing with his father Jeff and grandfather Chas.

Going into the final race, it was pretty tight--three points separated the five teams. An OCS call took the Merrill's back to restart, and the Gibbs team took the win and the title. The final results were almost as tight. While Sawyer was four points ahead, second place went to Kristen Burch of CBYC, sailing with her father Mike and Allie Bleecher, on a tiebreaker at nine points with fellow CBYC Junior Will Nodvic, sailing with Steve Dair and Garret Brown. The Merrills were fourth, a single point behind. Rounding out the field was a team of ABYC Juniors, Richard Bell (third generation Cal 20), Matt McDermaid and Robert Rice, sailing with Latham Bell.

ABYC Junior Board 2011-2012

Thank you to last years Junior Board, headed by Jr. Commodore Elle Merrill, for all of their efforts throughout the year.
Congratulations to the new Junior Board for 2011-2012:
Commodore Nick Odegard
Jr. Vice Commodore Kevin Baumann
Jr. Rear Commodore Emily Golison
Publicity Kevin Leddy
Double-handed Director Matt McDermaid
Laser Director Nigel Lipps
Secretary Beth Golison
Sabot A Director Ethan Michaelis
Sabot B Director Dana Boudreau
Sabot C Director Lauren Thompson
Events Coordinator Will Boudreau
Fundraising Jonn Merrill
Staff Jr. Commodore Elle Merrill

The Junior Board works and plans many events throughout the year at the Club. The Junior Board works the Commodores Installation Dinner, the Clubs Christmas Party, Easter Brunch and Opening Day. The Junior Board also coordinates the regatta for which the Juniors have the fleet duty. Last year Alex Newton did a fine job as Regatta Chairman for the two-day 4th of July Regatta. This year the Juniors are switching gears and will have fleet duty for the Halloween Regatta. The Junior Board also coordinates junior participation in Beach Cleanups, Spring Spruce Up and other events. If you are a junior or parent of a junior who wishes to get more involved in junior activities at the Club, please look for current information in the Junior Programs email blasts or dont hesitate to contact a member of our new Junior Board.

What I Did Last Summer by Jack Jorgenson

During this summer, I had the opportunity to travel around the country and world in mainly 29er events with my crew Tucker Atterbury (Santa Barbara, CA). My summer began in Santa Barbara, where I participated in a two week training camp run by Oliver Toole and Willie McBride, two extremely accomplished 29er, 49er, and 470 sailors. After the valuable training camp, Tucker and I trekked up North to Cascade Locks, Oregon, or better known as THE GORGE. The Gorge is a famous sailing, windsurf, and kite boarding mecca ,with its famous thermal breeze that produces 25-30 knots of breeze like clockwork every afternoon. The Gorge defiantly delivered for the 29er PCCs with every day having at least 25 knots. One of the days actually topped 30. It was a really surreal experience to roll an experienced I 14 team in the middle of a 30 knot puff downwind! Overall in a small, but very talented and experienced fleet, we finished 4th.

Directly after Gorge, we participated in out next regatta, the big one, 29er Europeans. The Europeans brought together 160 29ers from 16 countries. This was my first international regatta and I was really impressed on how deep and talented the fleet was. I have never rounded a leeward gate in sequence with twenty 29ers before all sailing on different gybes going about 6 knots with everyone literally SCREAMING at the top of their lungs in whatever their native language was for mark room. Overall after a very interestingly run regatta& with only nine races completed in a six day period, we achieved 15th in the silver fleet, which is the equivalent to finishing 40th out of 160 boats.

After the Europeans I got to have a mini break at home. Soon after though, I was back at it, sailing in the Laser Radial Nationals held out of California Yacht Club. I managed to scrap a respectable 10th place after jumping back into the boat with a few days of practice. However it was very obvious on the downwind legs that I hadnt sailed a radial in some quite time&. It was a real treat to sail against some Olympic hopefuls, such as Annie Haegar and Mitchell Kiss, both members of the US Sailing Team.

The final event I participated in was the prestigious U.S. Sailing Youth Championships, held out of Newport, Rhode Island. After a hard fought event with our lead diminishing on the third day of the event Tucker and I finished a very good 2nd place behind fellow 29er sailors Paris Henken (Coronado,CA), and Connor Kelter (Newport Beach, CA). It was good to end the summer on a positive note in such an awesome town and venue. Overall this summer I met more friends, had more fun, and became a better sailor than I ever would have imagined. It would not be possible without the financial, spiritual, and moral support of my stunning mother, Margaret Jorgensen, and my noble father, Doug Jorgensen. I also could not have accomplished my 29er sailing without my trusty (most of the time) crew, Tucker. This will truly not be a summer I will be forgetting soon!

For questions, please contact our Junior Program Administrator:
Matthew Beck
562-434-9955 x22.

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