St. Thomas, USVI – LLS


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Join us for the 4th annual North U Mid-Winter Racing Clinic at the St. Thomas Sailing Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The clinic starts with a welcome party on a Wednesday evening, January 30th and runs through Sunday, February 3rd. You’ll enjoy the experience of having a coach on board helping you master all facets of racing trim, helming, boat handling and tactics utilizing IC-24s. Four full days of racing instruction, combining on-the-water training and races, shoreside seminars and video review.

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Date: 01/30/2019 6:00:00 PM

The North U St. Thomas Racing Clinic teaches refined techniques to transform you from a racer into a winner.  Sailboat racing is a complex endeavor drawing upon a broad mix of skills. Every sailor has strengths and weaknesses in their skill set.  We’ll improve areas of weakness and build on your strengths to 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 eight IC-24s with a coach aboard each boat, each sailor gets close personal attention for the 4 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
We’ll be sailing 6 hours each day with a midday seminar and lunch break. 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.

The program will be lead by North U Director Bill Gladstone.


Upwind Trim Drills (click to enlarge)

Full Schedule and Program:

Wednesday evening, January 30 
6:00-7:30 pm: Check in & Welcome Party at St Thomas Yacht Club

Thursday January 31
8:00-11:00: Sailing Session I
Boat Handling and Sail Trim
Trim and Sail Controls, Tacking
Windward/ Leeward Loops
Upwind and downwind boat handling and sail trim.

11:30-1:00: Class Session with lunch 
Upwind Trim: Angle of Attack/ Depth/ Twist
Spinnaker Trim and Handling
Starting Strategy and Tactics

1:30-4:30: Sailing Session II
Spinnaker Trim and Handling
Windward/ Leeward course for spinnaker practice
Continued work on upwind trim and performance

5:00-6:00: Video Debrief

7:00-9:00: St Thomas YC buffet

Friday February 1
8:00-11:00: Sailing Session III

Starting Drills & Practice
– Series of rolling starts with sprint to ladder rung.
– Positioning, Control, Acceleration and Lane-Holding Drills

11:30-1:00: Class Session with lunch
Starting Strategy and Tactics – cont.
Spinnaker Trim and Handling – cont.

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

5:00-6:00: Video Debrief

IC-24 Racing (click to enlarge)

Saturday February 2
8:00-11:00: Sailing Session V

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

11:30-1:00: Class Session with lunch
Upwind and Downwind Strategy & Tactics
Buoy Racing/ Pt to Pt Racing

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

5:00-6:00: Video Debrief: 

Sunday  February 3
8:00-11:00: Sailing Session VII

Races with Practice Starts

11:30-1:00: Class Session with lunch
Rules, Tactics, Regatta Prep.

1:30-4:30: Sailing Session VIII
Keep score!  Coaching between races…

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

Enrollment is limited.

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

Fee: $1890/ person
LSS Supporter Special:  SAVE $250!  $1640/person — Register Now.

Mid-Winter Clinic Registration (Jan 31–Feb 3)

Questions? Contact Us:
203 245-0727

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

Travel & Lodging Information :

Plan your arrival for Wednesday, January 30.
The clinic starts with an opening welcome session that evening.
The clinic concludes on Sunday evening, the 3rd.
Plan your departure for Monday, February 4…
Or arrive early and stay forever!
Your 30 day Club Membership allows you access to the boats on weekdays.

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

Most (but not all) resorts are re-opened in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  There are also a number of condos, villas, and homes for rent in the (east end) area.  Contact us and we’ll send you our latest updates, as more options come on-line each week.  Send to:  Subject: St Thomas accommodations. If you’re signing up alone and want to consider sharing a two bedroom condo with another sailor let us know and can put you in touch with other sailors in the same boat… I mean situation.

Enrollment is limited.

Fee: $1890/ person
LLS Supporter Special:  SAVE $250!  $1640/person — Register Now.

Mid-Winter Clinic Registration (Jan 30–Feb 3)

Questions? Contact Us:
203 245-0727

Registration Ends: 01/30/2018 6:00:00 PM

Email to Bill Gladstone

Event Details

Start date: January 30, 2019

End date: February 04, 2019

Venue: St Thomas

Coordinates: 18.315846, -64.845761