We regret to inform you that the April 2021 Sailing the Collegiate Dinghies clinic has been cancelled.
Please stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you soon.
- Coach Bern
Maximize your boat speed! The jump in boat speed from high school sailing to collegiate sailing is a substantial one. College sailors are able to sail the boats at maximum speed a much higher percentage of the time than high school sailors. They maximize their boat speed by efficiently combining their sail trim, balance, steering and boat handling. Sailing the Collegiate Dinghies Clinic is a three-day clinic intended for high school and college sailors who wish to learn the techniques that will get them to the next level of their game. The clinic emphasizes the level of refinement required to be competitive in college. Instead of spending your whole college freshman year getting up to speed, get started now! Learn collegiate sailing techniques and practice like one of the top college sailing teams in the country. No housing is provided.
All aspects of sailing the Collegiate FJ and 420 will be covered. Specific topics will include straight-line speed, tacking, gybing, and boat handling for starting. Please note, strategies and tactics may be covered in the clinic, however the focus will be on sailing the boats well. Sailing will take place in Harvard's fleet of FJs and 420s.
This clinic is designed for youth sailors who are fairly experienced with racing dinghies either from their scholastic or junior programs and are looking for the next level of refinement to their speed and handling skills. Participants should be able to execute roll gybes and tacks confidently and be looking to push them towards the high level needed to be a successful college racer. Sailors should also be in control and comfortable in conditions in which the boat is overpowered upwind and planes reaching and occasionally downwind.