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St Thomas USVI

St Thomas USVI

The North U Performance Racing Clinics
February 2–6 and March 2–6, 2022

Join us for our 6th season of North U Performance Racing Clinics at the St. Thomas Sailing Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Two sessions will be offered: February 2–6 and March 2-6, 2022.
Each clinic starts on a Wednesday and runs through Sunday. You’ll enjoy 5 days of racing instruction including a combination of on-the-water training and races, shoreside seminars and video review. With a coach on board, you’ll master all facets of racing trim, helming, spinnaker handling, and tactics utilizing a fleet of matched IC-24s.

Alas, the FEBRUARY Session is Full
We’re starting a Wait List in case anyone drops out.

email: Bill@NorthU.com subject: “St Thomas Wait List” to be put on the list.

Or Click here to Sign Up for the MARCH Session

North U Risk Free Pre-Registration
Your Deposit (or Payment in Full) is fully refundable through November 30.
COVID Vaccination is REQUIRED

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Description

Five Day Performance Racing Clinic
The North U St Thomas Performance Racing Clinic will be offered twice in 2022.
Choose either February 2–6 and March 2-6, 2022.

Curriculum
The North U. St. Thomas Performance Racing Clinic teaches refined techniques to transform you from a racer into a winner.  Sailboat racing draws upon a broad mix of skills. We’ll improve your skills in every facet of racing trim, tactics, boat handling, and driving;  and send you home a better, more versatile racer.  By having your coach on board we are able to focus on your particular skill set.

Racing through the USVI (click to enlarge)

A Coach on Every Boat
Using a one design fleet of ten IC-24s with a coach aboard each boat, each sailor gets close personal attention for the 5 full days of sailing.

The IC-24
The IC-24 is a comfortable, responsive, stable racing boat.  Built from a modified J24, the IC-24 features a large open cockpit with plenty of room for each crew member to do their job.

Sailing, Seminars, Video
The Clinic is 5 Full Days! Wednesday the clinic opens with a shore session and afternoon sail. We’ll be sailing 6 hours each day with a midday seminar and lunch break thereafter. Each day concludes with a video review following the afternoon sailing session.

Lunches, Dinner
Lunches are included, as is dinner at the St Thomas YC on Thursday evening.

Water, Air, Wind
Did we mention the 78°f water temp. or the 82°f air, or the 8-12 knot winds? This is a sailing paradise.

Bring your team or come alone
Sign Up as a crew of 4 and we’ll turn you into a team; or sign up alone and we’ll team you up with other sailors.

A Full 5 Day Clinic
At North U we believe racing success is built of on a pyramid of boat handling, boat speed, and tactics. At our clinics we work our way up the pyramid building a solid foundation on our way to the top. The clinic starts with training in crew work, spinnaker handling, helming, and upwind trim. From there we move on to racing trim with a focus on the teamwork required to optimize performance. Next we build racing skills, with a big emphasis on starting. Through the clinic we build on existing skills and add new skills through a series of drills and races. We cover every facet of racing and combine hands-on on-the-water experience with shoreside seminars and video review.

The program will be led by North U Director Bill Gladstone.
Author of the renowned North U Performance Racing Trim and North U Performance Racing Tactics books, and Director of North U since 1997; Bill has been teaching racing for decades. Graduates of his seminars and clinics are racing and winning in fleets around the world. In St. Thomas, Bill will be joined by a cadre of outstanding coaches: Not just great sailors; these are championship racers with years of coaching experience. Working as a team, and with a coach aboard each boat, you will get close personal attention to help you build and refine your racing skills.

Add Bill’s Books
If you do not already own them you can add Bill Gladstone’s Performance Racing Trim and Performance Racing Tactics to your registration. While not required for the class, these books are a great addition to any racing sailor’s library. They offer complete coverage of Racing Trim and Racing Tactics in an easy, accessible style. Add the books at registration with FREE Shipping (US only) and we will send them right away.

Read all about it… Click here to read an article by 2018 Clinic sailor Karl Westman that appeared in Sailing Magazine.

Upwind Trim Drills (click to enlarge)

Full Schedule and Program:

Wednesday February 2 or March 2,
9:00-11:30 Shore Session:
Check In / Sign In / Boat Draw
Trim, Boat Handling, Crew Org
Upwind Trim: Angle of Attack/ Depth/ Twist

11:45-1:00: Class Session with lunch
Spinnaker Trim and Handling

1:30-4:30: Sailing Session
Boat Handling and Sail Trim
Trim and Sail Controls, Tacking
Windward/ Leeward Loops
Upwind and downwind boat handling and sail trim.
Wednesday Evening
6:00-7:30 pm: Welcome Party
Welcome Party at St Thomas Yacht Club

Thursday
8:30-11:30: Sailing Session
Spinnaker Trim and Handling
Windward/ Leeward course for spinnaker practice
Continued work on upwind trim and performance

11:45-1:00: Class Session with lunch 
Starting Strategy and Tactics

1:30-4:30: Sailing Session
Starting Drills & Practice
Series of rolling starts with sprint to ladder rung.
Positioning, Control, Acceleration and Lane-Holding Drills

5:00-6:00: Video Debrief

7:00-9:00: St Thomas YC buffet (outdoors)

Friday
8:30-11:30: Sailing Session

Starting Drills & Practice
Races with Practice Starts
Spinnaker Trim and Handling Drills

11:45-1:00: Class Session with lunch
Starting Strategy and Tactics – cont.
Spinnaker Trim and Handling – cont.

1:30-4:30: Sailing Session
Races with Practice Starts
Two rolling starts leading into a race.

5:00-6:00: Video Debrief

IC-24 Racing (click to enlarge)

Saturday
8:30-11:30: Sailing Session

Races with Practice Starts
Two rolling starts leading into a race.

11:45-1:00: Class Session with lunch
Upwind and Downwind Strategy & Tactics
Buoy Racing/ Pt to Pt Racing

1:30-4:30: Sailing Session
Races with Practice Starts
Windward Leeward Races
Open Water/ Pt to Pt Races

5:00-6:00: Video Debrief

Sunday, February 6 or  March 6
8:30-11:30: Sailing Session

Regatta!
Races with Practice Starts
Keep score!  Coaching between races…

11:45-1:00: Class Session with lunch
Rules, Tactics, Morning Video

1:30-4:30: Sailing Session
Regatta!
Races with Practice Starts
Keep score!  Coaching between races…

5:00-6:00: De-Brief and Prize Giving

Performance Racing Clinic Registration
Enrollment is limited. COVID: Full COVID Vaccination REQUIRED

Enroll online or call Bill Gladstone at North U to sign up:  203 245-0727

Clinic Fee: $2290/ person
Save $400 more: Sign up as a crew of 4 and save $100/ person.
Team Fee: $2190/ person for a crew of 4

Pre-Register Now Risk Free: Paid in Full or $500/ person Deposit fully refundable until November 30, 2021.
Furthermore, if the clinic is canceled due to COVID (or other cause) you will receive a full refund. We cannot be responsible for any other expenses – such as travel or accommodations.

What’s Included
– Five days of sailing and on the water training
– Coach on board
– Race Ready IC24 with new North Sails
– Class sessions and video review
– 5 days of lunches (individually boxed)
– Dinner on Thursday evening (outdoors…)

What’s NOT Included
– Travel
– Accommodations
– Other meals

Requirements
– Strong sailing skills and some racing experience.
– Ability/ Agility to sail on an active 24 foot boat.

Questions? Contact Us:
Bill.Gladstone@NorthU.com
203 245-0727

Air 82° Water 78° Wind 10 knots (click to enlarge)

Travel & Lodging Information :

Travel
Plan your arrival for Tuesday, February 1 or March 1.
The clinic starts at 9am Wednesday morning!
The clinic concludes on Sunday evening, February 6th or March 6th.
Plan your departure for Monday, February 7th March 7th…
Or arrive early and stay … forever!
Your 30 day Club Membership allows you access to the boats on weekdays.

Accommodations*
A variety of accommodations are available.
One option is VRBO.com (Vacation Rental By Owner) at the Anchorage condos or other condos near the St Thomas Yacht Club (6224 Yacht Club Rd, St Thomas USVI).

In addition to resort hotels there are a number of condos, villas, and homes for rent in the (east end) area.

Download a PDF of Accommodations listings here: STSC Accommodations

If you’re signing up alone and want to consider sharing a two bedroom condo with another sailor let us know and we can put you in touch with other sailors in the same boat… I mean situation.

Enrollment is limited.
COVID Vaccine Required

Clinic Fee: $2290/ person
Save $400 more: Sign up as a crew of 4 and save $100/ person.
Team Fee: $2190/ person for a crew of 4

Pre-Register Now Risk Free: Paid in Full or $500/ person Deposit fully refundable until November 30, 2021.
Furthermore, if the clinic is canceled due to COVID (or other cause) you will receive a full refund. We cannot be responsible for any other expenses – such as travel or accommodations.
Questions? Contact Us:
Bill.Gladstone@NorthU.com
203 245-0727

Email to Bill Gladstone

Event Details

Start date: February 02, 2022

End date: February 06, 2022

Venue: St Thomas

Coordinates: 18.315846, -64.845761

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