St Thomas USVI


North U Mid-Winter Racing Clinic
Wednesday, January 29th through Sunday, February 2nd

Join us for the 5th annual North U Mid-Winter Racing Clinic at the St. Thomas Sailing Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The clinic starts Wednesday, January 29th and runs through Sunday, February 2nd. 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. Five days of racing instruction, combining on-the-water training and races, shoreside seminars and video review, including a bonus day of sailing for Pre-Training on spinnakers, helming, and upwind trim.

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Date: 01/29/2020 6:00:00 PM

The North U St. Thomas MId-Winter Racing Clinic, Wednesday, January 29th through Sunday, February 2nd, 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. 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 4 (or 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
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.

Pre-Clinic Bonus Day
Get an extra day of training in spinnakers, helming, and upwind trim during the Bonus Day prior to the start of the clinic.  We’ll focus on spinnaker sets, jibes, drops, and trim; and on upwind trim and helming.  Shake off the rust and winter chill – join us for a bonus day of sailing.

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

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, January 29 
9:00-4:00 pm:  Bonus Day Training
9:00-11:00 Class Session.  12:00-4:00 on the water with an emphasis on Spinnaker Sets, Jibes, Drops and Trim as well as Upwind Trim and Helming.

Wednesday evening, January 29 
6:00-7:30 pm: Welcome Party
Check in & Welcome Party at St Thomas Yacht Club

Thursday January 30
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 January 31
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 1
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 2
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

Clinic Fee: $1890/ person
Bonus Day Included at no additional charge.
Save $400 more: Sign up as a crew of 4 and save $100/ person.
Fee: $1790/ person for a crew of 4

Pre-Register Now Risk Free: $500/ person Deposit fully refundable until November 15, 2019.

Mid-Winter Clinic Registration (Jan 29–Feb 2)

Questions? Contact Us:
203 245-0727

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

Travel & Lodging Information :

Plan your arrival for Tuesday, January 28 if you intend to sail the Bonus Day. Plan your arrival for Wednesday, January 29 is you’re not going to sail the Bonus Day.
The clinic starts with an opening welcome session that evening.
The clinic concludes on Sunday evening, the 2nd.
Plan your departure for Monday, February 3…
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).

In addition to resort hotels there are a number of condos, villas, and homes for rent in the (east end) area.  We can send you our latest accommodations listings and notes.  Email a request 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 we can put you in touch with other sailors in the same boat… I mean situation.

Enrollment is limited.

Clinic Fee: $1890/ person
$1890/person — Includes the Bonus Day.
Save $400 more: Sign up as a crew of 4 and save $100/ person.
Risk Free Deposit to hold your place: $500/ person fully refundable until November 15, 2019. 

Mid-Winter Clinic Registration (Jan 29–Feb 2)

Questions? Contact Us:
203 245-0727

Email to Bill Gladstone

Event Details

Start date: January 29, 2020

End date: February 02, 2020

Venue: St Thomas

Coordinates: 18.315846, -64.845761