Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spinnakers away

It's time for a little change of pace. Shown below are two cool videos of  kids competing in the US Sailing Area D semi-finals held at the Jackson Yacht Club. The videos were recorded using a drone. The video starts near an anchored Catalina yacht serving as the Committee Boat where signals are being given for the 5 minute start with flags and horns. The drone hovers over the start as kids on Lasers cross the line and then shoots out a mile away over the Rez toward the windward mark. Near the windward mark, the video picks up shots of kids racing the 420’s still heading upwind to the mark, and then of the older teens on J-22’s with Spinnakers out who have rounded the mark and are heading back downwind toward the leeward mark of the four leg race for the three separate fleets.


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Nice change of paste.

Anonymous said...

Very cool. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

JYC is ALWAYS wanting to teach more people of all ages about sailing. Come sign up...don't have to be a member.

Anonymous said...

This is neat. I'm very happy to see this. This might be the last activity for youth in the area that hasn't (and likely won't be) overrun with thugs.

Robert P. Wise said...

KF, thank you for picking up these You Tubes. JYC offers adult sailing classes as well as youth sailing programs. The young kids start in Club Optis or Sunfish, small boats with a main to give them the feel, direction and balance of the wind and water that they'll keep for a lifetime. The kids progress from there to 420s with a jib, and then to 19 foot Flying Scots. Adults learn on Club Catalina 22s which are 22 foot keel boats.

The Club holds races every Sunday year round for the Flying Scot and J-22 fleets, and weekly beer can races for the keel boats. A great sport anyone can do from youth to one's old age.

Anonymous said...

The Catalina Freaking Wine Mixer.

George Ellmore said...

We at JYC understand that there is baseball, tennis, etc., but there is not a better way to spend Summer vacation than on the water AND you can learn the sport of sailing at the same time. We have friendly (BEER CAN) races each Wednesday night, very competitive series races on Sunday and adult AND youth sailing camps. If anyone is interested in learning about the sport of sailing please come to the Club on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 and 6pm and we will try to get you out on one of our boats.

Pray for good winds.

Anonymous said...

How do you sign your kid up to do this? Do you have to be a member?

Robert P. Wise said...

1:59 No, you do not need to be a member for the camp. Go to and look under Club Activities tab, then down to 2015 Junior Sailing Camp link. There you will find information on the summer camp and a sign-up form. Or call:
Ph: (601) 856-8844 Camp goes though July 31.

Anonymous said...

Better hope the FAA doesn't see that video. Even if the operator had a commercial exemption, he shouldn't be flying that close to the airport.

Anonymous said...

10:06; Is it your day to serve as welcome wagon?

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