BCYC members, I hope this finds you all well in 2022. The last almost four years at BCYC have been a blessing and I can’t thank the membership enough for their support and passion.
Even through the global pandemic, BCYC Junior Sailing has thrived, ascending into one of the premiere junior sailing programs in the country and we had a lot of fun on the water in doing it!
Over the past few years, BCYC’s Naples Sabot participation has skyrocketed. This year BCYC coached 23 boats at the Sabot National Championship hosted by Mission Bay Yacht Club, more than any other club, and five boats placed in the top 10. Mark Gaudio continues to be a pillar in the Balboa Bay Naples Sabot community and an incredible leader to our sailors, families and coaches.
BCYC operates the most successful C420 and CFJ racing team in the nation and we have the results to prove it! We call this racing team NB4T, or the Newport Beach Club 420 Team, and we coach not only the top junior sailors from every yacht club in Southern California, but also top junior sailors in other parts of the country, including the Midwest and Atlantic Coast. The team is built on the philosophy that a rising tide lifts all boats.
Top C420/CFJ results in 2021 include:
· C420 National Champions (3rd and 6th) out of 140+ boats
· Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta C420 Champions (1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th)
· C420 US Sailing Bemis National Champions
· 2nd, 3rd, 5th at C420 Team Racing National Championship
· 3rd at C420 Midwinters and C420 North Americans
· CFJ National Champions
In concert with BCYC’s NB4T Racing Team, BCYC hosts the top high school sailing team in California — Mater Dei — which won two state titles in 2021 and finished in 2nd place at the National Championship by one point, with several BCYC junior members on that team. BCYC also supports several junior members who sail for other high schools in Southern California very successfully, including Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, Point Loma, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos, Palos Verdes and more.
BCYC sailors and coaches also competed well in other disciplines, such as match racing. BCYC junior member Reade Decker won the Youth Match Racing National Championship (Rose Cup}. BCYC NB4T coach Jeffrey Petersen won the Rose Cup the 2021 Governor’s Cup. And BCYC Head Coach Max Mayol won the Youth Match Racing World Championship!
These are also examples of some of the types sailors and coaches who roam BCYC’s halls, participate in chalk talks in the junior room, look after BCYC assets, represent BCYC at big national regattas, teach your kids how to sail/love the water and invent new, dynamic ways for them to pursue the sport they love. Along those lines, Mayol recently started an Optimist Team (NBOT) and took eight sailors to the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in Miami over the Christmas holiday, which had never been done before at BCYC. Way to go Max!
BCYC’s Junior Program is not limited to only racing; we also have the most popular Adventure Sailing Program on Balboa Bay in Berkley Green’s, Junior Mariner Program. Our Starfish Program for our 5-7-year-old kids is making fantastic progress and we look forward to carrying our momentum into to the Spring and Summer at BCYC.
Due to the fact that our program has grown and become widely known around the country over the past few years, we are now able to hire coaches from all over the country and, as a result, are looking for a few BCYC members to volunteer to house these great coaches during the summer. If you have the ability to offer housing or have any leads for us to follow up on, please contact at [email protected]
Thank you and I can’t wait to see you all on the water!
Aubrey Mayer, Junior Sailing Director